Thailand’s tourism industry is poised for a major boost with the opening of Andamanda Phuket, a multi-million-dollar entertainment and leisure park located between the main tourism hubs of Phuket Town and Patong Beach.
Set to soft-open on May 21, Andamanda Phuket occupies 9.3 hectares of land and packs in a wide range of recreational components, including a Thai heritage-themed water park with five separate zones – Coral World, The Pearl Palace, Emerald Forest, Great Andaman Bay and Naga Jungle – plus entertainment spaces, retail outlets and a 300-key internationally-branded hotel.
A collection of more than 12 slides and 36 activities will be available, plus a FlowRider Double surf simulator and a toddler splash zone.
The 550m long lazy river will be the longest in Asia and the 10,000m² wave pool will be able to generate waves up to three metres high while also catering for up to 25,000 people for concerts.
A cluster of cosy cabanas and private VIP pavilions, plus a tropical beachfront restaurant and a series of swim-up bars – including one nestled in a near life-size replica of Koh Tapu, Thailand’s famous James Bond Island – will allow visitors to chill out in style.
Guests can immerse in Thai culture and mythology through classical nang talung southern Thai puppet theatre performances, a floating market featuring traditionally-designed ruer koh lae boats to promote local community crafts, authentic FF&B outlets, and other regular performances.
The hefty attraction development is led by Proud Group, one of Thailand’s leading developers of high-end real estate, hospitality, retail and leisure attractions.
“Andamanda Phuket is blazing a new trail for waterparks in Thailand. It will become an iconic entertainment landmark for the destination,” said Proudputh Liptapanlop, executive director of the Proud Group.
“Most importantly, it will reflect the true spirit of southern Thailand. As the planet recovers from the global pandemic and people start to travel again, I am confident that Andamanda will help to boost Phuket’s economy, create employment for local people, and contribute to the long-term prosperity of this amazing destination.”
Beyond its tourism appeal, Andamanda Phuket bears sustainability at its core by adopting a circular approach to water management, with a continuous loop of water being reused and recycled. Single-use plastic will be banned; while over 100,000 trees have been planted and solar power used extensively to ensure that energy levels are minimised. Staffed by a team of fully-trained local professionals, including 200 qualified lifeguards, the park will drive employment and empower communities in Phuket.