Phuket Fantasea is a hugely popular live performance involving hundred dancers and performers together with a dozen real adult elephants. This massive show is set on the ground of an immense theme park located in Kamala Beach. After almost two decades the Phuket Fantasea show is still going strong, welcoming million visitors each year. Tourists from around the world come each year to admire a dazzling performance narrating the legend of Kamala, which in this story is a jungle with a mythical palace surrounded by elephants.
The Phuket Fantasea park is immense and is designed to keep you entertained for several hours before the show with plenty of pavilions with shops and shops and more shops plus some coffee shops. A couple of fun fairs will keep the kids amused and you might even win a couple of stuffed animals. Of curse your have to pay for the games (on top of the entrance fee) and the prize is probably cheaper than the game but you get the bragging rights.
The entire park is beautifully crafted, designed around Thai myths and legends theme, offering endless photo and selfies opportunities. The restaurant and the main building where the show is performance are particularly impressive.
Past a dozen bright colorful ships, we reached the main plaza where the Golden Kinaree restaurant resembles a large golden temple. The dinner is optional but we decided to give it a try so we could write about it. Passed the doors, we just froze for a second… We never saw such humongous dining room in our entire life! A room capable of hosting 4,000 seats is bigger than a soccer field! Golden Kinaree Restaurant is well decorated and the buffet is acceptable, but it is everything you can think of except intimate. It might be better to enjoy a nice dinner in one of the many good restaurants nearby in Kamala Beach before coming to the Fantasea Phuket show.
Then it was time for the show and the crowd rushed to the theater. Even though seats are reserved in advance, there is always an urge to get in front of the queue… everyone lines up between ropes leading to a counter where you need to deposit cameras and videos. Phuket Fantasea has always been very strict on that and I never managed to get that authorization to shoot inside the theater itself, sorry!
The immense theater can accommodate 3,000 persons, so if you get really bad luck and end up in a back seat or worse on the second floor, the elephants will look as big as frogs in the far. Get yourself a ‘Gold Seat’! It’s not that much more and you get to be closer.
The show starts with a caravan of massive elephants walking through the audience, followed by performers in Thai costumes. This is very impressive and surreal, and maybe the this opening might be the best part of the show. Once they reach the stage the show starts in a great display of sound and light effects.
The show narrates the history of Kamala, but I suspect nobody gets it past the first narration. It’s well rehearsed, actors, dancers and acrobats perform smoothly, the flying Thai angels and the acrobats spinning above the audience’s head get all the attention. A bit of magic show with two scary clowns coming straight out of a Stephen King novel didn’t seem to have anything do with Thai myths, but we know that front stage performance allows the set to be changed behind closed curtains! 🙂
Some dances enacting traditional events followed by battles scenes ended with the return of the elephants for a ‘circus looking’ scene that was a bit disturbing. For the grand finally, where the good guy rescues the princess. The audience is happy and cheering, but my favorite part were the bunch of real trained chickens run in a neat line across the stage…. how do they do that?
Phuket Fantasea is a pretty good show and overall a good attraction park, a bit ‘mass tourism’ maybe. Kids will love the colorful game zones and the brightly lit buildings, adults might be more impressed by the massive temples and the elephants (some are standing by the restaurant for a photo or for a short ride, but riding elephants isn’t cool anymore).
Show only : 1,800 baht – Child (4 – 12 yr) 1,800 baht
Show plus buffet dinner: 2,200 baht – Child 2,000
Transfer from any hotel in Phuket: 300 baht.
Gold Seat extra charge: 300 baht, but you are a lot closer to the stage
Phuket Fantasea is closed on Thursdays