Phuket Fantasea Show is set in a huge, colorful and crowded park located in Kamala Beach, few kilometers south of Patong. More than 10 years after its opening, the Phuket Fantasea show is still going strong. Tourists of all nationalities come to see a dazzling stage performance narrating the Thai legend of Kamala, but most of all, they come to see a dozen of adult massive elephants performing on stage.
Phuket Fantasea park covers an immense surface and it appears even bigger once inside. The theme merges Thai myths and legends, fancy variations of a fun fair, plus a handful of traditional temples. The result is quite impressive and your kids will love it… In addition, all the classic fun fair games will give you the bragging rights of winning some stuffed animals (200 baht for 5 games). There are only few games to play but a lot of tourist shops selling kids stuff or traditional artifacts. Note that not everything is made in Thailand, but it’s fun browsing while waiting for the show.
Past the bright and utterly colorful buildings of Phuket Fantasea, we reached the main plaza where the restaurant resembles a large golden temple. The dinner is optional but we decided to give it a try so we could write about it. And an experience it was! Once we passed the doors, we just froze for a second… We never saw such humongous dining room in our entire life! 4,000 seats is bigger than a soccer field! It’s well decorated, the buffet is acceptable while not very varied, but it is everything you can think about, except romantic. Seriously? Skip it! There are enough good restaurants nearby in Kamala Beach without having to inflict yourself such an experience.
Then it was time for the show and the crowd rushed to the theater. Human instinct applies: even though seats are reserved, there is always an urge to get in front of the queue… everyone between ropes leading to a counter where you need to deposit cameras and videos… very strict on that, I never managed to get that authorization, sorry!Here is a piece of advice: get yourself a ‘Gold Seat’!
The 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. The show starts with a caravan of massive elephants walking through the audience, followed by performers in Thai costumes. This was very impressive and surreal, and maybe the best part of the show.Once they reach the stage the show starts in a great display of sound and light effect.
The show is supposed to illustrate 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 in black lights get all the attention. A bit of magic show with two scary clowns coming straight our of a Stephen King novel probably didn’t seem to have anything do with Thai myths and legends, but we all know that front stage performance allows the changing of set in the back :)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 chickens running in line across the stage…. how did they do that?
Phuket Fantasea is a pretty good show and overall a good attraction park, a bit too mass tourism to my taste. Kids will love the colorful game zones and the brightly lit buildings, adults might be more impressed by the massive temples and the elephants standing by the restaurant for a photo or for a short ride.
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