Phuket FantaSea – The World of Magic, Myth and Entertainment
Phuket FantaSea is a dazzling world of magic, myth and entertainment that provides wings to your imagination. Located on the Kamala beach, it is a night-time cultural theme park that exhibits the rich Thai culture in a unique way. The word ‘FantaSea’ means ‘Sea of Fantasy’ and this place truly justifies its name by transporting you to a glittering surreal world. I got an opportunity to visit this amazing place on my recent trip to Thailand. As usual, we booked our trip via Viator. It has been my favourite site for excursion bookings since my first international trip and till now I’ve never had any bad experience with them.
As we reached the Phuket FantaSea, we were greeted by two beautiful girls dressed in traditional Thai costumes. We were directed to the ticket counter to collect our tickets in exchange for the online vouchers. The ticket counters were under a tastefully decorated cave-like structure. There were multiple blue-eyed golden elephant statues at the entrance. The cave also sheltered clean and well-maintained washrooms. After we collected our tickets and moved forward, there was a huge limestone rock to the right with ‘Phuket FantaSea’ written on it. There were many other fascinating statues like mermaids, fairies and other celestial beings of Himpaan Forest in a small artificial pond. It was the beginning of being transported to a world of fantasy.
The colourful entrance of the theme park brought us to the ‘Carnival Village’ section. It was a luminous festive village that appeared to be celebrating a festival of lights. Everything around was glittering in gold and silver, and sometimes multicolour. It felt like a place where the festivities never end.
The streets of the Carnival Village throbbed with live band performances, traditional dances, parades, loads of entertaining games, street shows, craft demonstrations and a lot more. There were a lot of unique shopping opportunities – expensive as expected in a touristy place like this. The village also housed a Tiger Jungle Adventure where you can go on a theatrical safari of 12 mythical scenes and spot some tigers. Well, I would not recommend going for this adventure. There is no fun in watching these sad caged animals, some of them even toothless.
Phuket FantaSea theme park is a 140-acre complex, so wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved.There were elephant safaris as well for people who can’t explore the luminous village by foot. We avoided the elephant ride for obvious reasons.
We were wearing comfortable shoes and we enjoyed walking around the village. When our stomach started grumbling, we headed towards our assigned restaurant ‘The Golden Kinnaree’- Asia’s largest buffet restaurant. As the name suggested, everything in the restaurant was painted in gold. The theme of this 4000-seater restaurant was Himpaan Forest. According to Thai beliefs, Himpaan Forest is a place between heaven and hell where the celestial beings reside.
Despite being large and crowded, the restaurant was well organised and had a nice ambience . There were seat numbers and row numbers assigned and everything was taken care of with utmost perfection by their 200 wait staff.
The buffet dinner was a sumptuous feast of a variety of royal Thai dishes as well as international delicacies. From a wide selection of snacks, salads and soups to the main course, Thai sweets and beverages, the menu included everything
Post dinner awaited the most spectacular attraction of the evening – ‘Fantasy of a Kingdom’ show. We headed towards the ‘Palace of the Elephants’ that housed a 3000-seater auditorium. You need to deposit your phone and camera before heading to the auditorium. This process doesn’t take more than 15 to 20 mins and the same time while getting them back. ‘Palace of the Elephants’ reminded me of Maheshmati Kingdom in Bollywood movie ‘Bahubali’. There were life sized elephant structures everywhere in this stone palace. It was a feeling of time-travel.
There were some paid photo opportunities where the performers of the show were dressed in traditional costumes with the show-themed background settings. They sat in various groups with different costumes and background settings. You can select your favourite settings and get clicked with them. The cost of the souvenir picture was $30. Although, I would not recommend spending so much for one picture, I couldn’t stop myself from doing so. Pictures are something I tend to spend on a lot while travelling. I can cut on my shopping budget for that one picture I would be enticed to click.
The auditorium was huge and well maintained. It was crowded as expected, but the way their staff managed everything is commendable. The seats were clean but not comfortable. There wasn’t much of a leg space and we somehow had to squeeze ourselves to fit in. This is something they really need to work on.
The 70-minute show was a theatrical masterpiece and completely hypnotic. The magical illusions, jaw dropping stunts, aerial ballets, acrobatics, special effects, pyrotechnics, 4D effects and elephant performances – everything was excellence personified. This award-winning show enacts the ancient mythical story of Asian elephants who protected the legendary Thai Kingdom that emerged from the sea of gold and was believed to be blessed with unsurpassed beauty and bounty. The show is so engaging and magical that you forget your uncomfortable seats. All you want to do is just keep watching the awe-inspiring performances without blinking your eyes. The cast and crew of the show are 400 people, 400 pigeons, 44 elephants, 40 chickens, 40 goats and 3 tigers. I don’t know if they could’ve brought the show to this level without making animals a part of it. Animals added a unique charm to this show. However, I personally believe that animal abuse should be avoided at all costs.
Overall, we had a great experience at Phuket FantaSea. The price we paid for the ticket was $75.00 per person that included hotel transfers, buffet dinner, park entry and show ticket. Have you ever been to ‘Phuket FantaSea’? How was your experience? Please leave a comment below. I would love to know your thoughts. Thanks for reading.