Bangkok Night Shows

  • Posted onJune 6th, 2013

Calypso Cabaret BangkokBangkok nightlife isn’t just about gogos, beer bars, rooftop hangouts, live music venues, and trendy clubs, the diversity of Bangkok  culture is also reflected in the wide variety of night time entertainment available around the city.

For those looking for more of a cultural after dark experience Bangkok is home to a number of interesting night shows. From classic performing arts to ‘only in Thailand’ entertainment, here are some of our favourite Bangkok night shows:

Bangkok Siam NiramitSiam Niramit

The Siam Niramit is simply epic. Not only is it Thailand’s largest cultural show, the huge Ratchada Theatre is also home to the world’s biggest stage. And it needs to be big, hosting a cast 150 trained actors, dancers, and stunt people, not to mention a number of animals including live elephants!

The 3-act 90-minute stage production attempts to tell over 700 years of the history of Siam, with lots of staged acrobatics and high octane special effects to keep you glued to your seat. But more than just a stage show, this is a cultural experience starting as soon as you enter the theatre grounds and pass through the miniature Thai village, Sawasdee Restaurant and a souvenir shop, and ending long after the curtains go down, with character actors continue to mingle with guests.

Calypso CabaretCalypso Cabaret Show

Bangkok has a number of ladyboy cabaret shows, love or loathe them no newbie trip to the Thai capital would be complete without taking in one of these OTT stage performances. Calypso is perhaps the best of the bunch, and since moving to the Asiatique it’s now possible to make a real evening of your visit, starting off with some boutique shopping, wining and dining, and then enjoying the show with some evening drinks.

The show itself is all about glitz and glamour, with these attractive transsexuals dressing up in extravagant costumes and performing dance routines that are made all the more impressive considering the size of their high heels! All the while lip syncing to traditional songs, show tunes, and modern day pop hits, most notably tributes to Michael Jackson and Beyonce.

Joe Louis BangkokJoe Louis Puppet Theatre

Another Bangkok show which has seen a new lease of life by relocating to the popular Asiatique, is the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre, currently the last puppet show of its kind to be found in Thailand.

This isn’t the Muppets, more a high brow cultural show, but one which has managed to survive the modern age by infusing contemporary tales and icons into its show of classic story telling. This multi award winning show has been around since the 80’s, once a firm fixture at the Suan Lum Night Bazaar. The show is fascinating, with the multi jointed puppets almost human in appearance and size, and most puppets needing three puppeteers to control them. You are bound to be impressed and entertained.

Patravadi TheatrePatravadi Theatre

Established by the much loved Thai actress, Patravadi Mejudhon, the Patravadi Theatre is the home of modern and classical dance in Bangkok, and where to head for some inspirational art and entertainment. Here you’ll find a mix of traditional Thai, avant garde, and contemporary dance shows, including some impressive student reviews and the occasional music concert.

The 300-seat theatre can be found on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, on the opposite side to the Grand Palace. Most performances take place at the weekends at the theatre itself, while the Art Centre and Cafe Gallery are open throughout the week, and a great spot to chill-out and enjoy the river scenes.


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