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Drive To Phuket – Day 3

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.

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PatongBeach (2) 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.

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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.PhromthepCape1


There is a light house on top of the hill where you can climb up to have a better view of the surrounding area.



Southern tip of Phuket Island.PhromthepCape7

Behind the souvenir shop near the entrance, there is a restaurant by the cliff where can you dine while enjoying the sunset…. I might try if time allowed.PhromthepCape8


Opposite of the car part across the entrance of Phromthep Cape, there are a lot of stalls selling souvenir.PhromthepCape11

From Phromthep cape, we carry on to the east of Phuket island, we noticed this elephant attraction and decided to check out what they have to offer.ElephantRide (1)

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.ElephantRide (2)

At noon, we passed by some shop near Phuket town where Wai Yee spotted this delicious food and decided not to let it go. LocalFood (2)LocalFood (1)

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The owner is the second generation chinese born in Thai. However, they could  not speak Chinese anymore.LocalFood (7)

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.

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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.Fantasea (3) Fantasea (2)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.

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Fantasea (21)Push my nose to flush!!

Fantasea (20)Hold my nose to turn on the tap!!!

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This is the outlook of the buffet restaurant. Fantasea (18)

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.Fantasea (17) Fantasea (16) Fantasea (15)

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.

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Fantasea (13) Fantasea (12) Fantasea (11) Fantasea (10) Fantasea (9) Fantasea (8) Fantasea (7) Fantasea (6) Fantasea (38)The theater outlook at night.

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Stage show at the theme park. Fantasea (33)

Zheng Yuan in front of the largest buffet restaurant in the Theme Park. Fantasea (32)

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Kids with “bigger” angel at theme park. Fantasea (28)

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.DSCN1032Some 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.

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