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Phuket FantaSea
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Phuket Fantasea (Show Only)
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Kamala
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Owner description: This cultural theme park is divided into three sections: shopping in the Festival village, dining in the Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant and Vegas-style entertainment in the Palace of the Elephants.
Reviewed July 16, 2010

Fantasea was a complete let down. I had been excited to go after hearing people had returned three times to the island just to see this show, however, during our performance, many people left early, and of those that stayed at least half appeared disappointed. The show had some dance, a story that was so simple and yet not interesting to follow, some magic from the nineties, and the worst part of it for me was seeing elephants perform. The latter made my gut wrench, to think that these beautiful mammals were being made to perform for our entertainment. I also witnessed a young Tiger Cub being forced to have pictures taken with tourists prior to the show by what appeared to be making it starve all day so that it could be made to comply by giving it many bottles of milk. Its just a money grabbing exercise, spend your money elsewhere, otherwise see this at your own risk.

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Reviewed July 10, 2010

We booked this trip not really knowing what it entailed, save for some Thai dancing and elephants plus dinner. We were dropped off from our hotel at Fantasea at about 6 and were suprised to learn that the show did not start until 9pm. There was not a lot to do for 3 hours but spend money in the numerous expensive gift shops or be enticed into handing over cash for fairground type stalls. To give the attraction its due, it is similar to a Thai Disney Small Small World and there are many cute things to look at however under all the glitz and glamour it is nothing more than a cash cow for its owners and particularly expensive for Thailand. Everywhere you go, you are being called to go into the shop or have a go at a stall, not much different than shopping in a Phuket market, pretty annoying in our book. We paid for dinner plus the gold seats. The buffet dinner is not worth the cost. It is a massive hall like a canteen where you share tables with hundreds of others and walk quite a way to get your food, you pay for the drinks. We left without eating much. Even the chips were hard and cold and my kids are not fussy at all. The show itself is fine and sometimes a bit random but is not bad, particularly the trapeze bit. I wouldn't bother paying extra for the gold seats as there is stuff going on all over for any type of seat to have a good view. The downside for us was watching the elephants performing all of their tricks. In this day and age it felt wrong for them to be subject to loud fireworks and commands to stand on their hind legs etc for applause. Be ready to be ferried around like cattle and have to hand over your cameras and mobile phones before the start of the show and then queue with hundreds of people after the show to get them back - not great for kids post 10pm. Overall, it is something to do if you don't have much else to do and are staying nearby, but it is not a must see by any stretch of the imagination unless you are a massive fan of theme parks (without any rides) or elephants (altho saying that, if you have any feeling for elephants then you will be saddened by watching them perform).

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Reviewed June 19, 2010

This place is a great man-made attraction.
The the architecture & details on their majestic buildings (esp the theatre building) are really a sight to behold.
The roughly 2 hr show was great & will esp appeal to children. Lots of acrobatics, animals & pyrotechnics too!

Remember to bring a camera with a good flash because most of the best photo locations are under the night sky.
Go early to explore the grounds & take lots of pictures!

Thank JarodYJK
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

What an amazing experience - well worth the entry fee. Dinner in the massive restaurant average. But what a show!! 16 elephants, chickens, goats, buffaloes all running across the stage. trapeze performers, dancers. Truly spectacular. If you get the chance, dress in authentic Thai costumes in the Photo Shop. You are dressed, make-up, crowned, and paraded around the picturesque grounds for photos. Cost about AUD30 per person

Thank Kezza61
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Reviewed June 13, 2010

We bought the ticket for the show (which included pick up from our hotel). We thought the show was ok - mildly entertaining - the trapeze act was impressive. I wouldn't describe this as a 'must see', but it's ok. The staff were all fantastic and very professional. This place would be a definite hit with kids.

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