Opening on May 21, this new water park combines thrilling rides with aspects of local mythology and culture.
Families and groups of friends bound for southern Thailand can soon spend a day splashing out at Andamanda Phuket, an upcoming entertainment and leisure complex about a 20-minute drive from both Patong Beach and Phuket Town. It’s the latest project by Thai property developer Proud Group, which has spent around US$134 million to build the entire complex from scratch.
Spanning 9.3 hectares, Andamanda comprises 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-room internationally branded hotel currently under construction. Visitors here will find a collection of more than 25 rides, 12 thrilling slides, plus a FlowRider Double surf simulator and a toddler splash zone. Andamanda’s 550-metre-long lazy river is billed as the longest in Asia, while the centerpiece is a 10,000 square-meter wave pool able to generate waves up to three meters high — a record for Southeast Asia — while catering for concerts of up to 25,000 people. These rides and attractions were all designed by WhiteWater West, a niche Canadian manufacturer that has worked on large-scale projects with Disney theme parks and Atlantis Dubai.
Notably, the water park has a special focus on Thai culture and mythology, with its design evoking a folk tale set amid the landscapes and seascapes of the Andaman coast. There will be classical nang talung southern Thai puppet theater shows, a floating market featuring traditional ruer koh lae boats where vendors showcase local community crafts and authentic Thai cuisine, and a stage for regular cultural performances. Guests will also have the chance to relax at a cluster of cabanas and VIP pavilions, plus a tropical restaurant and a series of swim-up bars — including one tucked inside a near life-size replica of Koh Tapu, better known as James Bond Island.
On the sustainability front, 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 panels are being used to power much of the complex. Andamanda Phuket’s soft launch is scheduled for May 21, 2022.