Entertainment In Bangkok



Entertainment In Bangkok

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Bangkok provides a bewildering range of entertainment, from classical puppet theater to nightclubs. One of the most popular choices for short-stay visitors is a cultural show accompanied by a Thai meal, but there are plenty of alternatives, such as transvestite cabaret shows or an unusual cocktail at one of the city’s bars with a view. Many restaurants and bars feature live music, ranging from traditional Thai ballads to rock classics, while the city’s discos provide a melting pot in which locals and foreigners discover mutual tastes. If you are going to any event that starts at a particular time, be sure to plan your journey well in advance to beat Bangkok’s notorious traffic.

General Information

For information about upcoming events, consult the English-language newspapers Bangkok Post and The Nation, or pick up one of the free magazines, like BK, that are distributed at tourist locations. Tickets for events are usually easy to come by: ask at your hotel desk or at any travel agent, or book online at www. thaiticketmaster.com. For more information.

Cultural Shows and Theater

If you’re in the mood for a cultural extravaganza, then book for the nightly show at Siam Niramit, which features spectacular sets and more than 500 elaborately dressed performers. Classical dance shows with buffet or à la carte dinners can be enjoyed at Sala Rim Nam and Silom Village, while the city’s top cabaret location is Calypso Cabaret in Asiatique, an entertainment venue south of the city center. For performances of khon, or classical masked drama, head for the Sala Chalermkrung Theatre or the National Theatre.

In addition to famous Thai puppetry, the Aksra Theatre’s performances include scenes from the classic Ramakien masked dance drama, as well as other traditional Thai dance.

Muay Thai

Those who prefer visceral rather than intellectual entertainment should head to the local Thai boxing ring to view this traditional martial art. Thai boxing, or muay thai, is the national sport, and bouts always draw a large crowd. Spectators like to bet on the outcome of the matches, and cheer excitedly for their chosen fighter.

At Ratchadamnoen Stadium and Lumphini Stadium, you can watch the boxers prepare for their bouts with slow, mindful movements to the accompaniment of wailing instruments.


It may seem strange to travel all the way to Thailand and end up going to the cinema, but with their air-conditioned interiors, comfortable seats, and cheap prices, they can make the perfect antidote to a tiring shopping spree. Most cinemas these days are located in shopping malls, such as the Paragon Cineplex in Siam Paragon and the Major Cineplex in Central World Plaza, though a few independent cinemas still exist, such as the Scala and Lido in Siam Square, which occasionally show arthouse or independent films. The Thai national anthem is played before every showing, and everybody is expected to stand, including foreign visitors. The website www. Movie seer. com has details of what films are showing.

Bars and Nightclubs

Bangkok has an astonishing range of bars, from the hole-inthe-wall Adhere the 13th, with an in-house band playing funky music, to the super-chic Sky Bar, where the city’s high-flyers sip cocktails and gaze down on their domain from the 63rd floor. Competition for custom is fierce, and many bars feature live bands in an effort to draw in the crowds – for example, Saxophone offers a heady mix of jazz, blues, and reggae, while Hard Rock Café has bands playing covers of rock classics. Visitors itching to shake their stuff at a disco are also catered for at venues like Sugar Club, Q Bar, Ku De Ta, and at the gay night club DJ Station. Sophisticated travelers looking for an elegant environment should make their way to Diplomat Bar, Moon Bar, or Syn Bar.

Bangkok has long been known for its tolerance of a wide variety of sexual tastes, and Silom Sois 2 and 4 are lined with gay bars, such as Telephone Pub. The three main areas of hostess and go-go bars are the infamous Patpong 1 and 2 (off Silom Road), Nana Plaza (Sukhumvit Soi 4), and Soi Cowboy (Sukhumvit Soi 21–23). Many are curious to drop into one of these bars, but it’s best to avoid the upstairs bars on Patpong, where scams often leave foreign visitors with an empty walle.

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