Although Kamala has grown rapidly, you can still find the seaside village atmosphere that first attracted visitors. The beachside bars are a good spot for a sundowner and to catch a glimpse of local fisherman coming in for the evening.
When the sun goes down, most visitors prefer to stroll through the village from their hotel or guesthouse to one of the small local restaurants - basic but tasty. During the high season months, local vendors set up stalls along the beach, so you can stroll along and pick up some beach wear bargains and souvenirs.
Off the beach are a few restaurants-bars including The Club, Kamala Mountain View and Baan Mai - good spots to enjoy a casual and relaxed evening.
Kamala is also home to one of the island's biggest night time attractions - Phuket FantaSea. A USD$100 million Thai cultural extravaganza covering an area of over 140 acres with a live show featuring elephants, tigers and other animals, traditional Thai dancing, pyrotechnics, light and sound, acrobatics and more. Two shows are performed nightly, with an optional dinner.
There's an opportunity to stroll around the grounds and find some more unusual souvenirs at some of the market stalls and shops after the show. You can also meet with the "celebrity" animals for a photo or two. Great for all ages.
The park has 3 main attractions:
'Fantasy of a Kingdom' is the ultimate in Las Vegas style theatrical productions. Created and designed by international experts and local professionals, this audio-visual extravaganza incorporates 9 stunning show themes (Thai culture, magical illusions, 4-D effects, aerial performance, acrobatics, indoor pyrotechnics, special effects, elephant circus featuring over 30 elephants and stunt) into one unforgettable theatrical masterpiece that is guaranteed to thrill and delight visitors of all ages and nationalities.
'The Golden Kinnaree' is one of the world's grandest buffet restaurants. Fronted by a glorious Golden Pavilion, this 4,000-seat dining facility indulges every visitor with a sumptuous feast of Royal Thai dishes and international delicacies prepared by some of Thailand's finest chefs.
'Festival Village' offers an unforgettably enchanting and fun shopping experience unlike no other. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as elephant rides, cultural performances, parades, street shows, handicraft demonstrations, live bands, carnival games and much more.