Looking for a foolproof recipe for fun when you’re in Phuket? This is the article for you.
Going to a water park is a time-honoured summer tradition for many of us. Whether you’re 5 or 50, the idea of doing nothing but sunbathing, rolling down the waterslides or sipping on fresh coconut water by the pool all day is just plain heavenly.
Aquaholics who are already planning a trip to Phuket, Thailand, are in luck, as they can now visit the Thai-themed waterpark, Andamanda Phuket, that has just opened its doors in May this year.
Operated by Proud Group, Thailand’s leading luxury real estate company with brands like InterContinental Phuket Resort, an IHG Hotel under its branch, Andamanda guarantees unlimited fun with just the right touch of luxe that ultimately sets the property apart from your typical waterparks – considering the money (THB 4.5 billion) and time (4 years) spent on developing the venue.
Situated in between two of Phuket’s lively neighbourhoods, Patong Beach and Phuket Town, Andamanda sits on a vast 9.3-hectare land and occupies every inch of it, with 12 adrenaline-inducing slides, 36 fun-filled activities, cabanas, VIP pavilions (with AC), pool bars and food halls packed with a scrumptious selection of food from various cuisines. The venue comprises of 5 separate zones: Coral World, The Pearl Palace, Emerald Forest, Great Andaman Bay and Naga Jungle. We highly recommend getting on AquaDrop, Boomerango and AquaLoop, if what you seek is a hair-raising rush. Or if you’re like us – prefer easy, breezy activities – opt for the 550-metre-long river, where you can float along, or stick to the toddler splash zone because it is just as fun! Another highlight made to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike is the vast wave pool that can create up to 3-metre-high waves.
For us, what makes Andamanda stand out is its unique concept of Thai Legend Meets Fantasy, which is a theme based on Thai culture and mythology. Guests can immerse fully in this version of “Siam,” where the present and the past commingle. Kids, adults and globetrotters can explore Thai folklore without sacrificing fun.
For those who take regular trips to waterparks, you know the drill for post-waterpark: food, and lots of it. All the time and sweat you spent on walking under the sun, getting on rides and waiting in long lines shall be made up for with a healthy serving of cocktails and hearty dinner to cool you down. Stop by our favourite drink spot, Salsa Mexicana, in Patong for some cocktails accompanied by the best sunset on the island. Or get into a party mode at Pine Beach Bar for some cocktails and upbeat music to set the tone for your night.
But if you’re more into fine-dining vibes, opt for a Thai tasting menu over at Jaras Restaurant, a seaside Thai restaurant set on Kamala Beach. The Thod Man Poo and Massaman Pae are really the must-tries.
For Andamanda ticket information, check https://www.andamandaphuket.com/