Phuket Fantasea

Phuket Fantasea is the island’s biggest show. With trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and other animals and an exotic storyline that blends tradition with fantasy you’ll have a wonderful evening out here.

But the extravaganza doesn’t stop there as FantaSea also hosts one of the biggest buffets in Asia and is set in a theme park that offers carnival-like games, lots of shopping opportunities, a Palace of the Elephants, a Similan Adventure Centre and several other food outlets. It’s spectacular, it’s extravagent, it’s impressive and great entertainment value for all.

With building designs that are occasionally wacky, over-the-top costumes, and elephants milling about, Phuket Fantasea has all the subtlety of a mouthful of Thai chillies. Phuket FantaSea bills itself as ‘The ultimate cultural theme park’, and it’s tough to come up with a better description. The evening peaks with a stage show, but that’s not the only excitement. There’s a village with an assortment of shopping choices – from T-shirts to beachwear to jewellery – as well as carnival games, elephant rides, and restaurants.

Everything is big, bright, ornate, and made to impress. Operations at Phuket Fantasea are slick. They’ll make sure you’re picked up, fed, entertained, and returned safely to your hotel – all without missing a beat. Transitions from Point A to Point B to Point C are seamless, and there’s always plenty of staff around to keep you heading in the right direction. The size of this well-oiled machine is astounding, and makes its flawless execution that much more impressive.

The Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant’s cavernous hall seats 4,000 diners, and does so effortlessly. Two long buffet counters serve a mix of Thai and international food while a changing selection of special dishes get their own kiosks at the front of the room. Wrap up the meal with coffee and a plate of scrumptious bite-sized desserts.

The Golden Kinnaree’s golden exterior, with an intricate peaked Thai-style roof and several statues, is a favourite backdrop for an untold number of photos. But it’s not the only photo op. The Palace of the Elephants, a theatre made to look like a majestic, centuries-old palace (think Angkor Wat) is even more impressive. The luxury boutique is clad in shimmering mirrors and brilliant whites.

There’s no shortage of ways to pass the time before the show starts. Jump aboard an elephant for a trip around the Songbird Luminarie. Head to Similan Adventure Center, a sea-themed arcade full of games the kids are sure to love. Watch the bartender spin, flip, and toss bottles while dancing a techno-jig at the open-air bar. Shop for that perfect memento; there’s a store (or stall) for every taste and budget. Or visit the photo studio and dress the family in traditional Thai costumes for a unique keepsake.

Phuket Fantasea Main Event

The theatre opens at 20:30 and guests start filing through security. Cameras aren’t allowed inside, and they take it very seriously; everything short of pen and paper that can create an image – must be checked in. Two minutes later you’re in a large hall full of costumed staff, baby elephants, and young tigers, all of which will pose for a photograph with you – for a fee.

The show kicks off in grand style at 21:00. The stage is huge, but the performance space is even bigger. Aisles, ceiling, audience – every part of the theatre is used. While the eye is treated to modern effects like smoke, explosions, lasers, rain, soaring people, the brain gets insights into Thai culture in the form of traditional dances from different regions of the country, shadow puppets, and a fascinating wardrobe. It’s not tough to believe elephants can become accomplished actors, but this show also employs goats, roosters, water buffalo, and doves in supporting roles.

The story isn’t easy to follow, and it doesn’t matter. Loud and funny moments interrupted by quiet, beautiful interludes do a great job conveying the emotion. The end result is a display that’s as dazzling as the sights outside the theatre. Young children, old children, and adult children all enjoy the show.

Content retrieved from: http://www.phuket.com/phuket-magazine/phuket-fantasea.htm.

Tours & Transfers In Phuket, Thailand

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I have lived and worked in Phuket for over 20 years, so let me help you create your dream Phuket holiday.

From the time you arrive at the airport, to your hotel transfer or if you’re planning a tour, I will do my best to ensure you have a pleasant experience.

There are so many things to see and do while you are in Phuket, and I am more than happy to help you make that happen.

Visit the beautiful Phi Phi & James Bond islands, or check out the amazing Phuket Fantasea & Simon Cabaret shows.

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Songkran Festival 2018

Coming to Phuket during April? Then you’re in for a big surprise if you’re here from April 13 – 15. This is the time of the Thai celebration of New Year, Songkran – an event that marks the beginning of the solar calendar (it translates as ‘the passing of’). For some, it’s a period of reflection and carrying out of familial shows of respect to elders. But for others (in fact for most people) it’s a perfect excuse to get merry, hit the streets and throw tons of water around at anything that moves out there.

Traditionally speaking, Songkran tradition was the time of year when the rice harvest was in and farmers had to wait for the rains to begin in order to plant their rice. This would be the driest point of each year so it would seem sort of illogical to waste water by pouring it over elders’ hands but amazingly, gradually over the years Songkran has developed into an orgy of water throwing using buckets and water guns.

Songkran starts off innocuously enough but by midday on April 13 streets are lined with pickup trucks with their beds loaded with ice-cold water and ‘water warriors’ strafing and splashing passersby who line the side of the road shooting back. As you can imagine it’s a fairly chaotic scene, all the more so because the very agents of Law and Order – the police – are the number one targets for many revellers. Nowadays people have taken to adding talcum powder to their watery ammunition; icy water is also an added delight although the police take a dim view of ice cubes.

Content retrieved from: http://www.phuket.com/festival/songkran.htm.