Date : 7th September 2010
Destination : Phuket Island Round Trip
Distance : About 100KM
After breakfast at hotel, decided a walk to the famous Patong beach. The beach is not the best we seen in Thailand, but that is good enough to make the kids excited and wanted to jump to the sea. I promise a better beach experience tomorrow when we go island hopping and snorkeling.
After a slow walk at beach, we decided to explore Phuket by driving round the island. First stop is Karon View point at the south of Patong Beach.
The next stop is Phromthep Cape, the southern tip of Phuket Island. A very convenient place as car park is just at the foothill. On top of this hill there is an area where hundreds of elephant circling in the middle of open area. I did not really check out what is the reason behind.
There is a light house on top of the hill where you can climb up to have a better view of the surrounding area.
Elephant riding to the jungle for 30 minutes cost RM80 per person. We did to take up the offer as we have seen and ride elephant back home. We notice a lot of mat salleh waiting in line for the elephant ride.
Since we planned for the Fantasea show at night, we decided to head back to the hotel for some rest.
Fantasea is a Theme park with cultural show, it is very popular among visitor to Phuket.
The Published entrance fees is about RM180 per person inclusive of buffet dinner. According to the Fantasea website http://www.phuket-fantasea.com/index.php, the entrance fees is fixed and no discount allow from their agent. During out visit, we can get good discount from the road side agent, may be due to low season ( But the show is almost 80% full). Travel agency residing at hotel usually do not give good discount on trips. Always try the agent at the road side. They will issue you with a receipt and use it a a proof to collect the ticket when you reach Fantasea.
Transport is available for a fees as well. Since it is less then 30 minutes drive, we decided to drive to Fantasea show at 6pm.
First, you have to bring your receipt to the ticket counter to exchange for the computer generated ticket and with a sticker indicated your seating location. You have to peel the ticket sticker and stick on on your shirt. If you purchase the ticket with the buffer dinner, your buffet dinner seating will be indicated as well. We dine at the restaurant inside Fantasea, right after the entrance through the security check point. The price is higher than ordinary but food is quite ok. The toilet is design with farm land theme where the entire toilet featured “kampung” lifestyle.
This is the outlook of the Theater. No camera is allow in the theater. They will collect it before you enter the theater. You will be hand a token with number where you may collect your camera after the show at the exit point.
The theme park is basically shopping bazaar and games counter like what we had in “fun fair” like throwing balls, shooting. etc
The decoration and lighting is very beutiful especially at night. The whole theme park light up with colourful neon light.
The show last about 1 hour and 30 minutes. At the end, this is where you collect your camera according to the colour token that you have.Some might think that Fantasea is not worth paying that kind of money.
Its really depends on individual. Like it or not, it is one of the most popular tourist hotspot where thousand of people watching the show every night.