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Shows in Phuket

Shows in Phuket
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 ladyboy shows a magic show or the dramatic stunt show. There should be something for most tastes so check out the following:
1. Fantasea

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 1,500 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 our tour partners at Easy Day Thailand and they will arrange 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.

2. Simon Cabaret

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.

3. Aphrodite Cabaret Show

This new ladyboy show opened in October 2011. It is located in an impressive venue on Bypass Road opposite the Tesco Lotus. The venue is impressive but it already has a chequered history as two previous shows here have failed within a year. First there was a variety show that seemed like an ideal addition to Phuket's entertainment options but somehow it just did not get the marketing required to make it work. Then there was a Thai country music show for which this venue was just much too big.

So is there any reason to think that a ladyboy show will succeed in making this venue work where the previous two ventures failed? Well it is all about marketing and the management believe they have the know how to make it work. They are aiming much more at tour groups than local or passing trade and they have contracts with local tour companies to guarantee they will get customers through the door.

With three shows a night at 6pm, 7:45pm and 9:30pm they are clearly looking to get maximum use of the venue by getting the tour groups in and out.

The show itself is a grander and more impressive version of what Simon Cabaret does. There are lots of beautiful men in beautiful costumes dancing and lip-synching to classic female songs. The seating in the venue has been changed to a 900-seat theatre layout. One other definite appeal of this venue is they have resumed brewing beer in their own micro-brewery.

So are they here to stay? We have to say we think Phuket will struggle to support two major ladyboy shows but we wish them all the best as we would like to see this venue work.

Entrance to the show is 800-baht on the door or you can book tickets at local tour agents that will include transport from your hotel.

4. Joe Conrad Magic Theatre

This is obviously a magic show conveniently located on the 3rd floor of Jung Ceylon in the heart of Patong.

Joe Conrad is an American magician and the show features Las Vegas style illusions set in a 700 seat venue. As you would expect, he has some beautiful assistants and since this is Thailand it also makes sense that his animal tricks involve elephants.

As we have previously alluded to for the Aphrodite show and also again for the Stunt Show below, it is not easy to make a new show work in Phuket. The Fantasea show is well established and sets a high standard. Other shows have come and gone so it will not be easy for Joe to find a niche for his show but the convenient location in Patong must give it a chance. Best of luck Joe.

They have 2 shows nightly at 6.30 & 8.30 pm. Regular seats are priced at 900 Baht for Adults and 600 Baht for children.