Two hours south of Bangkok lies Pattaya Park, home of one of the tallest roller coasters in the world. Formula One is a compressed air equivalent to the Superman and Tower of Terror rides, and a very impressive structure to look at. However, it has never opened to the public, and at this stage has been rusting for almost fifteen years. Time has not been kind to it, with what's left of the ride car looking positively dangerous now. While I'd love to see this ride open some day, it has to be fairly improbable at this point.
As regular readers of my site will know, I'm willing to be adventurous in my travel plans, but I don't deliberately spend half a day driving just to look at a non-functional ride. My target for the day was Slalom (#1761), a conventional coaster design with a spiral lift hill and several airtime hills. I'm pleased to report that this ride is good fun, if a little on the violent side. One caution for those attempting to repeat this trip; the restraints on the ride are designed for Asians, not westerners, and they are very unforgiving; it is very likely that larger proportioned riders will not fit on board.
Also at the park is a 240 metre observation tower, complete with viewing platforms and a revolving restaurant. The rooftop level has three alternate ways back to ground level for those who don't fancy returning in the lift; a ferris wheel style cabin, a two person bucket, and the option I tried, a zip line. The latter isn't particularly fast as such rides go, but there's something inherently unsettling about stepping off the side of such a high building.