The buffet ended up being very poor. The “lots to see” ended up being booths upon booths of tacky souvenirs while being incessantly orally assaulted by the theme park song “Phuket Fantasea”. The show was interesting but about 15 years out of date in technology and the performing elephants were sad to watch. Tigers in concrete cages didn’t help either. Danipou and I were stunned to see the dolls below on sale in many souvenir booths.
The most fun we had was teasing a certain person about having to visit every restroom we passed (alas the poor buffet food). The tacky attraction park theme song became “Poo Ket FantaSea” much to the delight of the 2 unaffected tourists. Singing it became the biggest amusement (or pain in the ass) of the night, depending on who you were . It shows just how great Phuket Fantasea was when our main enjoyment came from another person’s sickness.
The next day we went to Phi Phi Island, a must see while in Phuket. We spent 2 hours in a minivan and 5 hours on a boat with motion sickness passengers (“Poo Ket Fantasea” now became “Puke Ket FantaSea”) so that I could spend 45minutes snorkelling in very plain waters and 1 hour shopping in a market full of souvenir stands.
The moral of the story is not to expect what you didn’t expect. Phuket is known for its beaches, why did we expect anything more. Or perhaps a better moral of the story is you have to make your own fun. I am certain “Poo Ket Fantasea” will be one of those songs you just can’t get out of your head for your entire life, at least for 2 of us.