Phuket has a good range of shows to help fill your evenings with entertainment. The spectacular Fantasea show regularly wins the award for best tourist attraction in Thailand and is a must-see. There are also song and dance shows, variety, ladyboys or the dramatic stunt show. There should be something for most tastes so check out the following:
This is a highly professional and polished operation. More than just a show – it is a small entertainment park covering 140 acres in Kamala. They hold the show in a state of the art theatre seating up to 3000 people. It is a mixture of traditional Thai entertainments and modern effects. It includes Thai dancing, shadow puppets, battle scenes, acrobatics, magic show, elephants, tigers and more. The only real complaint about the show is that at 1 hour and 15 minutes it is over too quickly.
The park contains entertainments, games, shops and handicrafts. Entrance to the park and the show is 1,100 baht. For an extra 500 baht, you get entrance to the restaurant which has an excellent buffet of Thai and international food.
Fantasea is open daily except Thursday. The park opens at 17:30, buffet starts at 18:00 and the show starts at 21:00. You can buy tickets from tour shops and they will include transport from your hotel to the show. Alternatively, you can make your own way and buy tickets at the gate. The park is on the main road at the north end of Kamala – you cannot miss it.
This show is not as slick as Fantasea but it is still well done. It is a ladyboy show – that is transvestites or katoeys as they are known in Thailand. The performers dress in spectacular costumes and mime to a range of classic female songs. While some ham it up like pantomime dames, others are utterly feminine and make totally convincing and beautiful women. The sets are good and there is an excellent sound system. It is a good piece of light entertainment.
Simon Cabaret is at the south end of Patong on the road to Karon. The show takes place twice daily at 19:30 and 21:30. Tickets cost 500 – 600 baht and you can buy them at tour shops or at the ticket office.