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Thailand’s tourism industry is poised for a major boost as Andamanda Phuket, a multi-million-dollar entertainment and leisure park located in the island’s Kathu district, readies to open this month.
The latest project by Proud Group, one of Thailand’s leading developers of high-end real estate, hospitality, retail and leisure attractions, marks the result of a THB 4.5 billion (approx. USD134 million) investment and reflects the company’s long-term confidence in Thailand’s tourism industry, and in Phuket. Perfectly positioned between the main tourism hubs of Phuket Town and Patong Beach, the new project is set to soft-open on 21 May 2022.
Andamanda is not only a water park; it is the largest leisure and entertainment destination in Phuket, covering 58 rai (9.3 hectares) of land and comprising 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, which is planned for phase two.
A collection of more than 12 thrilling slides and 36 activities will be available, with exhilarating names such as AquaDrop, Bubba Tub, Boomerango, AquaLoop, Whizzard and Speed Slide, plus a FlowRider Double surf simulator and a toddler splash zone. The 550-metre-long lazy river will be the longest in Asia and the vast 10,000 square-metre wave pool will able to generate waves up to three-metres high – the highest of any pool in Southeast Asia – while also catering for up to 25,000 people for concerts.
What sets Andamanda apart however, is its focus on Thai culture and mythology. The park will immerse guests in the legend of “The Lost Kingdom of the Nagon”, an inspirational folk tale of struggle, friendship and ultimate triumph set amid the landscapes and seascapes of the Andaman coast. There will be classical nang talung southern Thai puppet theatre performances, a floating market featuring traditionally-designed ruer koh lae boats to promote local community crafts, authentic food and beverage outlets and a stage for regular cultural performances.
A cluster of cosy cabanas and private VIP pavilions, plus a tropical beachfront restaurant and a series of stunning swim-up bars – including one nestled in a near life-size replica of Koh Tapu, Thailand’s famous “James Bond Island” – will also allow visitors to chill out in style.
The rides have been designed by WhiteWater West, the world’s leading water park equipment supplier, which has worked with global theme parks such as Atlantis Dubai and Disney. Contour, the award-winning architectural firm, and Coopers Hill, the landscape experts also collaborated on the project, which is globally certified by Ellis & Associates, the Florida-based aquatic safety experts.
Together, these professional partners have helped to create a world-class destination with sustainability at its core. Andamanda will adopt a circular approach to water management, with a continuous loop of water being reused and recycled. Single-use plastic will be banned, 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.
Andamanda will also offer a level of technology and innovation never previously seen in Thailand, with a bespoke location-based AI app to enhance the guest experience, raising the bar for tourism attractions in the destination and the country as a whole.
“Andamanda Phuket is blazing a new trail for waterparks in Thailand. It will become an iconic entertainment landmark for the destination – an international water park as impressive as any in the world with a full range of facilities to attract guests from all around the globe,” said Proud 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.”
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