DHAKA: With an 88-years passage of time, the ‘princess of nature’ of port city Chittagong has become aesthetic and entertaining as never before.
Yes! I am talking about the natural beauty ‘Foy’s lake’ which was dug in 1924 to serve as a water reservoir for the Chittagong area, and named after the then Assam-Bengal railway engineer who was behind this project - Mr. Foy.
From a place of insecurity, it has turned out to be a very attractive theme park temptation located in the northern part of the Chittagong city.
On an average, thousands of people visit there each day since its opening in November 18, 2004, and definitely the main credit for such non-natural beautification of this natural beauty goes to the Concord Group by introducing several unique attributes that set this serene lake with surrounding hills apart from other vacation destinations especially when it comes to spending some quality fun-time with friends and family.
The park has an attractive entrance gate made by colorful Disney brick which the kids find very attractive. Visitors will find three distinct spots under the same complex of 320 acre land of this Amusement World - dry Park, Sea World and the Lake Resort.
The Dry Park offers the usual theme park rides like bumper boat, bumper car, the speedy roller coaster, restaurants and few food kiosks around the children corners. If one thinks the fund ends here at this dry park, he would end up missing the biggest scenic beauty which is the lake itself with small and big boats for rides on this idyllic lake to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the area.
The small-boat ride on the lake will definitely be a fantastic time pass especially for those who love greeneries and water. Small boats come with two paddles and can contain only four persons.
Two of the riders have to paddle to move the boat forward and that’s make this ride a very adventurous one since you yourself will be the captain of the boat and have to move around amid the serenity of the lake feasting your eyes with the silent hills and green tranquil water of the lake.
For this short trip with the small boat, it takes only taka 100 to rent it.
So no one should miss this ‘Foy’s lake special’ unless suffers from hydrophobia.
But the entire hang-around gets more thrilled when visitors take a tour towards the ‘Sea World’, the second one-of-a-kind spot of this amusement park.
The destination ‘sea world’ is located at the dead end of lake and it takes just about 20 minutes to reach there by diesel-run big boats, and of course here no one gets the adventurous chance to be the captain of the boat unlike the small boat ride.
Those who travelled around Rangamati Lake will definitely find a resemblance between the boat rides of these two spots.
A nerve soothing journey through the green forests, silent hills, and peaceful lake makes it progressively more exciting until you reach your destination.
The new addition by Concord Group to make the arrangement of forests look more natural is the collection of deer which roam around alongside the lakeshore hills.
If visitors want to come onto ‘Sea World’, they have to take tickets prior to their entry to this park.
Three types of packages are there for ‘Sea World’ – all unlimited rides with Foy`s Lake Entry will cost you taka 430, and for entry and all rides unlimited from Foy’s Lake boat ghat will cost you taka 250, and entry with all rides unlimited from ‘Sea World’ gate will cost taka 300.
In the ‘Sea World’ you will get to find splash pools and wave pools which are the main attraction points.
An energetic entertainment is waiting for you at the pools with multiple water coaster rides and various types of tube slides, multi-slides, artificial waterfall, and doom slides to fool around with your family and friends.
Once you are done with the splash pools, another awe-inspiring experience will hold you close – it is the wave pool. Huge waves will wash you away with big screams from people in company with music and dance, and this blending of music, dance and fun with big waves will cast you away into your dream fun.
All the usual features you would get from this modest water theme park are palatable for people of all ages whether you want to simply relax in the water or experience the thrill of the slides and wave pool. And please do not forget to bring your own towels and swimwear; otherwise you have to rent or purchase it from their stores.
You can be assured of the other facilities they provide with like separate changing rooms and toilets for ladies and gents, lockers for your valuables.
Therefore, ‘Sea World’ where the water games are not abandoned at any cost if you are up for absolute fun and entertainment and want to get cool off especially during summer time.
Last but not the least, the Foy’s Lake Resort, which is a unique getaway to stay in luxurious accommodation while enjoying the natural beauty of the lake and the entertainment of its two theme parks.
If possible try to include at least one ‘down day’ where you relax at the resort and don’t do much of anything other than soak up the tranquillity of the lake and the green landscapes of the Mother Nature and experience resort’s hospitality and impeccable service along with succulent food.
BDST: 1825 HRS, APR 16, 2012