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The world’s weirdest theme parks

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Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park

Make a splash at Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park the next time you’re in Vietnam.

By default, theme parks are a bit quirky. Let it be known, though, that some are stranger than others.

In the United Kingdom, there’s Diggerland. Dubbed the “ultimate adventure park experience,” it allows visitors young and old to (as the name implies) drive full-size construction machinery. Whether you pass the time digging dirt from a six-ton vehicle, survey the scenery from its Sky Shuttle or catch the stunt-driven dancing digger show, strange is exactly what you’ll get.

Don’t expect China’s Dwarf Empire to be politically correct—it isn’t. Situated in Kunming and staffed largely by those under four feet tall, it’s where dance performances and sing-a-longs are commonplace, all of them occurring next door to the decidedly more sensitive Butterfly Ecological Park.

Meanwhile in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, you’ll find Suoi Tien Cultural Amusement Park, a Buddhist water slide park with go-karts, rides and plenty of big-bellied statues. Needless to say you’ll be belly-rubbing good luck when navigating the cave of innumerable bats, the boat ride through hell and the bay of crocodiles.

Should you make it to Love Land on Jeju Island, poised off the coast of South Korea, leave the kiddos at home: it revolves around 140 saucy, sex-themed sculptures, educational films and hands-on exhibits that elicit guffaws.

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Jennifer Olvera is a culinary travel writer, recipe developer and author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago. Find her on Twitter at @olverajennifer.
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Posted on: May 9, 2013 | Tags: , | Category: International Vacations

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