Again, we were positively surprised by Phuket’s FantaSea, thinking it would be ‘just a show’. I can tell you now FantaSea is not ‘just a show’. When we arrived we entered a colourful theme park with entertainment, shops and places to eat. Before the main show started we were invited to go and eat as much as we wanted in the biggest buffet I have ever seen and been to. The buffet hall looked like unreal and the food was delicious with plenty of vegetarian options. It’s just a shame we had food poisoning at the time and weren’t able to fully enjoy it!
Read more about how to prevent food poisoning and how to treat a bad tummy on your trip to Thailand here: Things you must know before going to Phuket
For FantaSea, you can choose an entry ticket which includes a buffet. I recommend opting for that as the buffet itself is an experience. The hall can sit over 4000 people! I am a huge fan of buffet food and this one was the best one I have ever been to. It is also so pretty, I felt like a princess! There are two types of buffets to choose from: Golden Kinnaree and Suriyamas Seafood. As we are both vegetarian we opted for Golden Kinnaree which included plenty of traditional vegetarian Thai dishes, Suriyamas Seafood as the name suggests – serves seafood.
Then, we were able to fully explore the park with plenty of time before the main event and visit park’s shops and hidden gems. There was also a mini show outside with two very different performances, one of traditional Thai dancers and one was a pop band aimed at children, which was entertaining and definitely great for families with kids. Here are a few pictures from around the park:
The show itself was great. No one is allowed to bring cameras in so I don’t have any photos but it told us of the legend of Thailand and its famous magic elephant Iyara. We really enjoyed it although weren’t quite sure about animal treatment in it. The website states that the animals (we’re talking elephants, tigers, goats, chickens and more!) are well trained and they are fully against animal cruelty, but there were a couple of times when they fired really loud fireworks inside right next to the elephants and surely, that must have scared them at least a little bit?
Cost of the tour
We booked our tickets from Hotels2Thailand and again, the price included transport from and to the hotel, and the buffet. There are other ticket options and 2 different show times.
The show (normal seat) with a Golden Kinnaree Buffet Roundtrip Transfer (9pm show) cost us 3,760.00 Thai Baht for both of us on Hotels2Thailand. It might appear expensive but it was really worth it especially that you get a full meal out of it. It was a long evening full of attractions, a mini show and the main event, hotel transfer and a delicious buffet (with lots of vegetarian choices).
Yay or nay?
Yay-ish! I would definitely recommend this for families with children looking for something entertaining and fun to do in the afternoon. The place was beautiful, the food was delicious and the show was great! We loved that the trip from and to the hotel was included in our ticket price, as well as the food. However, we just weren’t sure about the animals used for the shows and animal cruelty- I know they are trained and have done this many times but fireworks being fired right next to them must be distressing!