5 Best Live Shows in Bangkok
Bangkok's Best Theatre, Dance and Music
What have a mythological masked monkey, a high kicking troupe of ladyboys and a gang of comedy chefs got in common? Many answers spring to mind but the answer I was looking for is they can all be seen live and on stage in Bangkok!
Bangkok has a nightlife scene to rival any city on Earth and these five shows are just a small taste of what it’s possible to see and do in this tropical metropolis. All of these live shows in Bangkok are family-friendly, affordable and – most of all – a lot of fun.
An extravaganza of a performance awaits at Siam Niramit which is tasked with recreating the history of Thailand, from its ancient origins right up to the present day. Expect traditional music, stunning costumes and a supernatural tale that spans angels suspended in the air to fung fu action scenes representing epic battles. The three act show has something for everyone and everyone will have a better understanding of Thai history and culture at the end of this 70 minute show. There is also a mock village to enjoy before the performance and a Thai restaurant serving delicious and authentic cuisine. Read More...
- Location: Tiamruammit Road, opposite Thailand Cultural Centre
- MRT: Thailand Cultural Centre Station, Exit 1
The classic! The theatrical performance everyone must see once, Playhouse Labyboy Cabaret offers the exotic beauty of Thailand’s most stunning transvestite performers, amazing costumes, slick routines to the sound of classic show tunes. This is a professional production which is suitable for the whole family. There is little in the way of risqué material, so come here for a quality show, not what’s on show. The 75 minute performance is on twice a night, every night, at 20:15 and 21:45. Read More...
- Open: 20:15 and 21:45 daily
- Address: Asia Hotel 296 Phayathai Road (in front of Ratchathewi Skytrain Station)
- Price Range: 1,200 baht
Chopping and drumming their way around the world, Cookin’ NANTA is the Korean show that has captivated audiences around the world. It is a rhythmical, non verbal performance containing a gang of comedic chefs who beat out music using everyday kitchen items. The jokes come rolling in one after the other in this show and there is also a lot of audience participation. This family friendly production is for anyone looking for a good laugh. Read More...
- Open: : Tuesday to Sunday 20:00, with additional performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 17:30.
- Address: RCA Plaza (next to Tops Supermarket), Royal City Avenue
Many characters from Thai antiquity have preserved their place in popular culture but none of them are as popular as the mischievous monkey Haruman who tricked the gods into sending him back to earth. For people unfamiliar with classical Thai dance (most of us) there is a short video presentation before the performance starts to explain the significance of the movements and there is a screen translating the dialogue into English. This is a classic tale originally part of the historical epic poem Ramayana and will give guests an insight into the classic arts of Thailand. The show starts at 19:30 on Thursday and Friday evenings only.
- Open: Show Times: Thursday and Friday from 19:30
- Location: Sala Chalermkrung Theatre, Charoen Krung Road next to Old Siam Plaza
Housed in a theatre lined with expertly carved Thai deities in an amazing combination of Asian and baroque styled architecture, Aksra Theatre is a sight in itself. But the performances on stage are equally impressive and among the many visiting cultural acts Aksra Theatre is the best place to watch the classic Thai art of puppetry. Aksra Hoon Lakorn Lek – literally meaning small rod puppet show – has been one of the most popular forms of entertainment in Thailand for centuries and despite its decline in recent times, it is still a captivating art form in which meticulously carved and costumed puppets are moved with grace and poise by skilled puppeteers. The stories told are traditional epics or classic Thai legends with names such as Gilding Kinnaree (a beautiful half woman, half bird creature) or the culturally defining Ramayana epic. Performances can be enjoyed every afternoon from 12:30 and from Thursday to Sunday there are evening performances from 18:30. Read More...
- Open: 10:00-18:00, showtime: 19:30 (Mon-Wed) and 18:30 (Thur-Sun)
- Location: King Power Duty Free Complex, Soi Rang Nam, near Victory Monument
- BTS: Victory Monument, Phyathai
- Telephone: +66 (0)2 677 8888 ext. 5602, 5609, 5623