Phuket FantaSea Review
Phuket FantaSea is advertised as one of Phuket’s most popular tourist attractions, so we decided to try it out on our recent trip there. Located at the north end of Kamala Beach which is about a 20 minute drive from Patong, this proved to be a fun evening out with the kids.
While on the brochures it is called a Cultural Theme Park, do not expect any theme park thrill rides. We would describe it as more of a Cultural Fun Park, set out on 140 acres providing plenty of entertainment for the kids. We had booked tickets that included the buffet dinner (this is an optional extra) and arrived about 6.00pm (park is open daily except Thursdays from 5.30pm until 11.30pm).
Once inside you wander through the Festival Village where there are handicraft stalls, retail stores, souvenirs and street performers.
There is also the Tiger Jungle mini zoo with animal exhibits (operating from 5.30pm-9.00pm) with the highlight being the white tiger enclosure.
Another part of the Phuket FantaSea village that our kids really loved was the Similan Entertainment Centre which features quite a lot of carnival type games where you can win prizes (you do need to purchase tokens for these though). This kept the kids entertained for quite a while!
While we wouldn’t usually take photos in the toilets, the ones here in the Festival Village at Phuket FantaSea are something else so don’t miss them!
From here we walked along and down to the Palace of the Elephants where before the show begins, the elephants are available for feeding or riding (additional costs apply). Our kids opted to just do the feeding and loved it!
After all that fun it was time to check out the buffet dinner at the Golden Kinnaree restaurant. When you book the buffet with your ticket there is no set time, you can just turn up whenever you feel like between the hours of 6.00pm and 9.00pm. This restaurant is huge so you will never have the problem there not being enough room. We quite enjoyed our meals there, with a good selection of both Thai and International foods. Drinks are available at additional costs.
The Golden Kinnaree is located just across from the Palace of the Elephants so after our meal we headed past the floating markets and made our way over for the Legends of Kamala theatre show that was starting at 9.00pm.
The theatre show is the main feature of Phuket FantaSea and not to be missed. Set in a 3000 seat theatre this cultural show features dancers, acrobatics, magical illusions, pyrotechnics, special effects, stunts and animal performances. Please note however that photos or videos are strictly prohibited and upon entry of the theatre you have to hand in all cameras and phones to be held in storage until after the show.
While walking to your seats there are photo opportunities with baby tigers which you can purchase for an additional cost.
The actual show goes for just over an hour and our kids found it truly magical – full of colour, music, dancing and a good chance to witness a part of Thailand’s cultural past. They especially loved the animal performances (chickens, goats, bulls, elephants) and although us adults would probably prefer not to see the elephants do their little trick performance at the end, the kids did love it.
There were queues after the show to retrieve cameras from storage and it was quite time consuming. If you want to save time and avoid frustration after the show, we would suggest to just leave the cameras at home.
Phuket FantaSea is a great night out with kids, just wish we could have taken some photos of the show though!
For more information on Phuket FantaSea go to www.phuket-fantasea.com