Girls riding water slide at Escape theme park in Malaysia


Penang, Malaysia

Nature and thrills meet face-to-face at Escape, an unconventional theme park in the forests of Malaysia. Escape champions a low-tech, high-energy form of play. Climbing trees, launching yourself from branches, and jumping into rivers are part of the fun. One popular attraction is Monkey Business. It’s a rope course filled with obstacles and zip lines. Banana Flip is a waterslide that launches riders high into the air. Escape recently completely construction on the world’s largest waterslide. It takes "four minutes to ride all the way through the trees and monkeys to the very bottom,” says sales-and-marketing executive Yang Yang. Also impressive: The slide was built without heavy machinery, so construction wouldn't harm wildlife. —Rebecca Katzman

Correction, Dec. 6

The original version of this story misstated how far along Escape was in building the world's largest waterslide. The theme park recently completed construction on the waterslide, they are not in the process of building it.

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