Much as we would like to make a direct comparison between the two venues on Phuket Island it would be very much like comparing an apple to a pear. There is a vast disparity between the two as both have very unique highlights about their performances and type of venue. Where one is a whole theme park, show, shopping and dining venue the other is pure showmanship performances and both are just as popular as well as “must see” attractions while on Phuket Island.
The Phuket Fantasea show is more than just a normal cultural show per se. The whole area of the location includes an amusement park, a shopping area, a massive theater, theme park and several restaurants. Whereas The Simon Cabaret show is very much a Vegas style performance but performed exclusively by the transgender community or better known as “Ladyboys”.
A Phuket Fantasea tour starts with the Legend of Kamala that is the basis of the whole theme park cum theater. It is a legend and ancestral story about elephants and the traditional Thai way of life, their beliefs and history. An overview of The Phuket Fantasea experience includes a cultural theme park with state of the art technology showcasing modern re-enditions of Thai culture and traditions in a theme park setting that include the theater, restaurants, shopping etc. This is followed by the Palace of the Elephant theater which is a Vegas style theater giving the impression of a massive intricately designed ancient temple/palace with extraordinary scenes and performances. There is also the Fantasy of a Kingdom show depicting a cultural show inclusive of illusion acts, pyrotechnic fireworks displays, acrobatics and elephant performances. These shows have moments of laughter, quietness and outright special effects such as rain,firework explosions, laser displays,great costumes as well as stage settings that will be sure to put each spectator in awe. The only set back is that no recording equipment such as handphones, cameras or video recorders are permitted inside the theaters. Be thrilled by a great performing cast of human actors as well as animals in supporting roles such as elephants, buffaloes and even chickens!
Next up in the Phuket Fantasea itinerary is the Golden Kinaree Buffet restaurant which sits on a golden pavilion on a lotus lake, decorated in the style of an opulent traditional Thai building with soaring roofs and gold decorations interspersed with typical Thai statues, guest are treated to traditional Thai royal dishes prepared by the finest traditional Thai chefs in the region. There is everything from starters to desserts of the kinds served to royalties in the past and now brought to the guest to experience. Alternatively the Suriyamas Seafood Buffet restaurant offers traditioanl Thai and International seafood fare as well as other delicacies but the speciality is the grilled dishes with the many varieties of dipping sauce to go along with it.
Other Phuket Fantasea things to do include the Carnival Village shopping street,decorated in the style of historical Thai architecture, visitors can indulge in a shopping experience for a variety of quality goods and watch skilled craftsmen at work while their kids can spend time at the Similan Adventure Center which is themed like an underwater world that is full of games and interactive machines to keep them occupied. Adults can also spend their time there at the open bar watching the acrobatic bartenders strut their stuff or enjoy a dance with the vibrant techno music available. There are also street performances, parades similar to a mardi gras, carnivals and elephant rides galore for visitors of all ages leading to the Songbird Luminarie.
Comparatively, Simon Cabaret show is no less extravagant in their setup, costumes and performances. Though it lacks the space and expanse of activities as opposed to Phuket Fantasea, it does not mean it is any less of a first grade attraction on Phuket Island.This is one show where the performers are even more glamourous than actual women and they look is next to flawless! If you want a truly entertaining evening full of laughter, good performance, a truly Vegas style showmanship then The Simon Cabaret show is a definate recommendation.
The Phuket Simon Cabaret entertainment includes intricate show setups depicting various era and regional settings that are accompanied with awesome costume designs, famous singer impersonations such as Tina Turner (actually these impersonations are surprisingly very good!), as well as a superb sound and lighting system. Off course the main attraction and leading phenomenon are the “ladyboy” performers of which Simon Cabaret is reputed to have the most pretty and good looking ones available in the performer’s market.
Among some of the Simon Cabaret show things to do while you are there to watch the performance is a peek behind the backstage curtains. Here, if you are lucky, you get to take a sneak peek tour of the dressing room for the performers where you can watch them do their make-up and dressing (off course the permitted kind!) prior to the opening show. After the performance the stars of the performance will have a photoshoot outside the venue whereby if you would like a personalized picture you can pay them a fee to pose with you.
All in all both venues are a great attraction on Phuket Island and also the most popular. The Phuket Fantasea tickets for the entrance and performance as well as the Simon Cabaret show tickets can be booked ahead and purchased from a travel agent or from the venues themselves. So in a nutshell, there is really no comparrision between The Phuket Fantasea and The Simon Cabaret show as each is as individual and unique in their respective specialty. Try to make it to both, it is truly the Phuket Island experience of a lifetime!
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