Bangkok has gained an illustrious reputation for its wild, thrilling and lively nightlife. With nightclubs and bars on every corner, mesmerising night markets selling everything imaginable, and lavish boats cruising on its splendid waters, the city does not fail to entertain and amuse people of every age and persuasion. Among such beckoning entertainment activities, the nightly shows and grand performances, rapidly gaining in popularity, cater to a variety of audiences. To help you find your perfect entertainment match, here is a list of the best shows and performances in Bangkok.
1. Siam Niramit
Showcasing the historical and spiritual heritage of Thailand by means of pure entertainment, the Siam Niramit show is a perfect way to appreciate the rich and unique culture of Thailand. Enjoy a delicious pre-show Thai style dinner and immerse yourself in a spectacular show of traditional Thai dance and music, with cutting edge sound and light systems and watch as hundreds of dancers, musicians, baby goats and majestic elephants take your breath away with their exceptional expertise. Be amazed as you watch part of the world’s highest stage, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, unfold into a stream of river with boats floating across, and dancers gracefully suspended from the ceiling, creating a visual extravaganza.
Address: 19 Tiamruammit Road
How to get there: Free shuttle bus service by Siam Niramit is available from MRT Thailand Cultural Centre Station from 5:30pm onward.
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2. Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives
Illustrating the stories behind the evolution of martial arts in Thai culture, this live Muay Thai show features boxing, creative martial arts moves, intense sword fighting, riveting choreography and acrobatics and is a perfect fit for theatre aficionados, families and those interested in gaining an insight into the Thai culture. Indulge in tasty pre-show refreshments and sit back and watch all the elements that make the Muay Thai Live a legendary show, from a powerfully muscular heroic protagonist fighting against sinister villains to a beautiful temptress and her young romance. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir at the gift shop because you are going to want to remember this wonderful experience!
Address: 2195, Chaoroenkrung Road, The Stage at Asiatique the Riverfront
How to get there: Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and take the free shuttle at the end of the pier.
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3. Calypso Cabaret Show
A classic ladyboy cabaret show is a must see when in Bangkok. With colorful and dazzling burlesque style performances as well as traditional style Kinaree dances by Bangkok’s finest and most talented ladyboys, Calypso Cabaret is a 25 year old cabaret show that celebrates human diversity and the spirit of tolerance. Situated in the bustling entertainment and dining area of Asiatique the Riverfront on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, the Calypso theatre is surrounded by artisanal markets, bars and restaurants. There is also a Calypso Cabaret restaurant that offers sumptuous Thai dinners accompanied by traditional Khon dance performances before the main Cabaret show. If you have the time, stick around to take pictures with the beautiful performers at the end of the show.
Address: Asiatique the Riverfront, 2194 Charoenkrung 72-76 Road, Prayakrai, Bangkorlaem
How to get there: Take the Silom line on the BTS Sky Train to Saphan Taksin Station, exit toward the river, then follow the signs to Asiatique Pier. Take the Asiatique shuttle river boat, then follow the signs to warehouse no. 3
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4. Golden Dome
Enjoy an hour of breathtaking song and dance performances with gorgeous ladyboys in glamorous evening gowns reminiscent of Miss Universe contestants at the Golden Dome cabaret. Absorb the captivating atmosphere with elegant costumes, bright lights and catchy music. Enhance your experience from an up close view of the show in VIP seats. Don’t miss the chance to buy souvenirs and take pictures with the performers after the show.
Address: Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
How to get there: Take a taxi from MRT Sutthisan station
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5. Nanta Show
Sit back and watch the exceptionally entertaining Nanta show, a kitchen musical with 1.5 hours of riveting dance and rhythmic percussion with cooking instruments and a first-class non verbal script that extends over all cultural boundaries. Tag along with three experienced cooks on their journey as they work under pressure while training a new comer to the kitchen and enjoy the intensity and humour that ensues. Originating in Korea, this theatre company has successfully entertained audiences in Edinburgh, London, Germany, New York and Singapore and is now winning people’s hearts and minds in Bangkok.
Address: 31/9 Soi Soonvijai, New Petchburi Rd, Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, RCA Plaza Bldg, 1F
How to get there: MRT Phetchaburi Station
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