What is Phuket Fantasea?
Phuket Fantasea is hugely popular performance involving dancers and a dozen adult elephants. This massive show is set on the ground of an immense theme park located in Kamala Beach. After almost 20 years, the Fantasea show is still going strong, welcoming million visitors each year. Tourists from around the world enjoy 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 designed to entertain you for several hours before the show. You can enjoy shops, shops and more shops plus some coffee shops. A couple of fun fairs keep the kids busy and you might even win a couple of stuffed animals. Of course your have to pay to play the games (on top of the entrance fee) and the prize is probably cheaper than the game but you get the bragging rights.
The park is beautifully crafted, designed around Thai mythology and legends theme, with endless photo and selfies opportunities. The restaurant and the main building where the show is performed are particularly impressive.
Dinner at Golden Kinaree Restaurant
Past a dozen bright colorful ships, we reach the Golden Kinaree restaurant resembling 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 is well decorated and the buffet is acceptable, but it is the opposite of an intimate restaurant. You better to enjoy a nice dinner in Kamala Beach before coming to the Fantasea Phuket show.
The crowd rushes to the theater as soon as they announce the show. Even though seats are reserved in advance, there seem to always be an urge to get in front of the queue. Photos are not allowed inside the theater you must deposit your cameras at dedicated counters. Phuket Fantasea has always been very strict on this point. We never managed to get an authorization to shoot inside the theater, sorry!
The immense theater accommodates 3,000 persons. If you get bad luck and end up in a back seat or on the 2nd floor, the elephants will look as big as frogs. Get yourself a ‘Gold Seat’, it’s not much more and you get to be closer.
The Show at Fantasea Phuket
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, probably the best part of the show. The show starts once everyone reaches the stage in a great display of sound and light effects.
The show narrates the history of Kamala, but we suspect nobody follows the story past the first 5 minutes. Actors, dancers and acrobats perform smoothly a well rehearsed show. The flying Thai angels and the acrobats spinning above the audience’s head get all the attention. Some scary clowns coming straight out of a Stephen King novel do a bit of magic. They didn’t seem to have anything do with Thai mythology but front stage performance allows the crew to change the set behind closed curtains! 🙂
Epic battles scenes and traditional dances ends with the return of the elephants. That part is has a little disturbing ‘circus’ feel to it. For the grand finally the good guys rescues the princess: audience is happy and cheers. My favorite part of the show? The bunch of crazy chickens that run in a neat line across the stage…. how do they do that?
Phuket Fantasea is a pretty good show and a decent attraction park. It might feel a bit ‘mass tourism’ to some. Kids will love the colorful game zones and the brightly lit buildings and massive temples might impress adults. There is a bit of controversy regarding the elephants involved in the show. Some elephants stand by near the restaurant for a photo or for a short ride. Lately riding elephants isn’t cool anymore and Elephant Sanctuaries are becoming more popular.
Phuket Fantasea Info
Location: 99 Moo 3, Kamala Beach
Open: 5.30 pm – 11.30 pm – Phuket Fantasea is closed on Thursdays
Phone: 076 385 000
Price: 1,800 baht – Child (4 – 12 yr) 1,800 baht (Show only)
Show plus buffet dinner: 2,200 baht – Child 2,000
Transfer from any hotel in Phuket: 300 baht.
Gold Seat extra charge: 300 baht (closer to the stage)