If we’ve met in person, there’s a fair chance you’ve seen the playful, sometimes silly side of me. I’m the sort that when I see someone taking a picture of someone else, I sneak up behind the picture-taker and give them bunny ears. I then sneak away while they have a laugh, acting as if nothing ever happened.

It’s also possible you’ve seen a side of me that talks tech and geek like I’ve been surrounded by it my entire life. That goes out the window when there’s some fun to be had – MINI GOLF! DINOSAURS! ZOWG!

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Located between Karon and Kata Beaches in southwestern Phuket, it’s right along the main road. At 240 baht, it’s not the cheapest course around. It is, however, a complete date in one fell swoop – go for the Flintstones-esque ‘Dino Burgers’ or for a drink before or after your round of golf.

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As you’ve already noticed, we played at night – while there was enough light to navigate, it was too dark for the camera. One of the early holes? Yep. Dino poop. Cute.

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The volcano is a highlight – beyond being something you enter and play through, it shot flames at least once during our trip. The rest of the time, it spewed water and colored lights.

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OK, so it’s a facade, but it’s a well-built one. For the mini-golf aficionados, the greens are very fast, sometimes slowed by water, and often sloped. Most slopes are subtle, but helpful – only one seemed to slant away from the hole.

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One of my favorites – better yet for the kids, their classic Latin names are all mentioned at the bottom.

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For those who don’t play strict rules, what’s ‘out of bounds’ is pretty easy to get into (except for the fast-moving water – just take the one-stroke penalty!). This ‘nest of eggs’ at the bottom tripped me up – in retrospect, I should’ve just tried again from the top…

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It’s not always dinosaurs, but the collection of tusks was pretty photogenic as well…

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On most holes, the actual hole was hidden from the tee-off point – meander around until you find it, and look around for pipes that serve as shortcuts. They’re not lit up as well as they could be.

Bring some water with you – this area is much more humid than the surrounding restaurants and bars thanks to the volcano and swift streams around. When you’re finished, take in the similarly-themed restaurant and bar, or head elsewhere – you’re in the middle of Phuket now.

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Name: Dino Park Mini Golf (Karon Beach)
Address: 47 Karon Rd., Karon Beach, Phuket, 83100, Thailand (GPS: 7.828514, 98.295589)
Directions: After crossing the bridge onto Phuket island, head to Karon Beach in southwest Phuket. You’ll be on route 4233, and this main road can get crazy at night – stay safe if driving. If taking a taxi or songthaew, Karon Beach is the best landmark if they don’t know where this place is – from the Thavorn Palm Beach Resort at Karon Beach, it’s a 10-15 minute, 800 meter walk.
Hours: 10am-midnight
Admission: 240 baht for a round of golf
Phone: 076-330-625
Website: http://www.dinopark.com

 

Ratings out of 5 globes (How do I rate destinations?)

Ease to arrive:

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Foreigner-friendly:

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Convenience facilities:

3.5 globes

Worth the visit:

4globes