Phuket is a popular destination that offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment options. There are also many set-price international shows on the island that are unique and world-class, making them an excellent way to spend an evening after a day of shopping, visiting an island or enjoying the beach. Kids are welcome to visit any of the shows although some rides or attractions may be age or height restricted.
The shows in Phuket can be divided into two categories… ladyboy shows and cultural shows.
Simon Cabaret in Patong is one of the most colorful ladyboy shows in Phuket, and it is the original and longest-running show of its kind. It is a world-class performance that is quite family-friendly, although parents might have to answer a few interesting questions from their children after the show. They typically have multiple shows every night of the year.
The show boasts “the best looking women in south east Asia”. It’s hard to disagree.
Be warned however, if you want a photo with one of the performers after the show, you will have to pay for the pleasure… usually around 100-200 baht is the standard tip.
Another popular show, Simon Star, which was closed due to the pandemic, is set to reopen under the new brand name of ‘Athena’ in June 2023.
For those interested in Thai cultural shows, the most well-known performances are Siam Niramit (Samkong) and Phuket Fantasea (Kamala), along with the new Carnival Magic light show located right next to Phuket Fantasea. These shows can be purchased as a “dinner and show” package or as a show-only option.
All three shows are highly recommended and will be a favourite among kids. Siam Niramit is more cultural in nature, while Phuket Fantasea leans more towards fantasy Thai-style. However, both performances are enjoyable and worth seeing.
There is also the new Andmanda Water Park in Samkong (200 metres west of the Samkong junction, on your way towards Patong), which is a massive water park with lots of rides that, in some cases, are not suitable for the faint-hearted. It’s an all-day entertainment destination with rides and relaxation zones that cater to every age group.
Another option is Coral World, just to the left of the main entrance area, where visitors can float gently down the river. Both destinations offer a fun way to cool off and beat the heat while having a great time.