Anyway, this night cultural themepark or I would call it, Phuket Disneyland, is one of the must do things recommended & even been awarded Best Attraction by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. So, just like the many other Asian or Caucasian tourists to Phuket, we too took the opportunity to go see this show.
Arrive 2 Hours Early
Tickets were a lil pricey at 1500 baht, which we bought through one of the ticketing agents. Surprisingly, she mentioned we should be 2 hours before the show start time - us wondering why, but we did as told anyway.
But our question marks were answered upon arriving... the entrance itself showed this theme park like welcome - kinda fantasy, literally. Yes, it was photo time and they had wanted us to immerse in 'their made up fantasy'.
Just like us, the other visitors spent quite a fair bit of time at the entrance snapping away.
Know The Souvenir Maker
As we entered, we were treated with much more - basically a walk through the Thai shopping of Thai handicrafts. These was quite a refreshing walk as the stalls were neatly placed and not so cluttered like how most handicrafts shops are.
Most stalls have the artists doing their jobs hands-on on the spot, so one can understand what goes behind all these handwork products. Though we most likely know the process, but still, it was a nice gesture to know who are doing your souvenirs! :)
More To Sea
The shopping area is rather huge and we really spent a lot of time there. But there were more to see beyond that... which really was a walk through a fantasy theme park. It had the atmosphere and the mood, not cheapo, but something quite well done.
It also promotes two mini like zoo - one is the tiger zoo, called Tiger Jungle Adventure. The name is a lil far-fetched as its basically tigers put into a glass panel.
The other zoo showcase some birds & reptiles and is quite nicely decorated. Its entrance is quite something - butterfly ceiling illuminated with glow-in-the-dark lights.
A Big Welcome
Walking through the theme park, we nearly forgot about the main reason we were there - the show! But before that, again to the entrance, a big & rather grand welcome.
We really spent 2 hours around its shopping & theme park, that it was just time to enter the theatre.
No Cameras, Please
I was wondering wow, they really are pretty strict here. We had to give our phones to the ushers for safe-keeping. That is quite a lot of work for them as there are nearly 3000 guests each time. So, line up & queued we did handing over our valuables.
It actually wasn't so much for not taking photo during the show, but also because just along the way to our seats, the animals for the show were lined up for photo-taking which is to be paid.
Here, I actually touched an elephant (there were actually a row of them). It was nice, but I could feel the elephant was kinda sad seeing through its eyes - usually these performing animals are. Sigh.
Let The Show Begin
The show is a cultural one, aptly titled Fantasy Of A Kingdom Show. There were clowns, magic show, cultural dances and also acrobats (who performed from the ceilings above the audience). Clearly, the animals were the main performers - from elephants to even chicken and birds (yes, they were all on stage running about). They were well trained - none ran to the audience lol! :)
To get a picture, this show is a lil similar to one extent to the one in Bangkok - the Siam Niramit.
So, after hours of fun & entertainment, the show came to an end. It was really a fun night in a fantasy world. Now, this is quite world class! :)
*I just hope that the animals could be made happier - they are afterall the main attraction.
Coming Up Next: One more unique thing about Phuket Fantasea (this one, you must see to believe!)