Thailand is rather well known for the Cabaret performances held in a few other places as well as Bangkok but in Bangkok city, there is only one outstanding cabaret performance. The Calypso Cabaret is the longest held cabaret performance in the city and now has a new location in Asiatique the Riverfront. The nightly performances promise to thrill, excite and entertain patrons of all ages. Yes, this means you can bring the kids!
Located in the Town Square Districtof Asiatique, you just can’t miss the big sign that reads “Calypso” with the bright neon lights on the old water tower now turned prominent signage. This is a pure Broadway musical rendition with all the glamour of a red curtain stage, flouncy feathers, glittering costumes but…the performers are Ladyboys” or transvestites and transsexuals. You will be surprised at how beautiful they actually are which would put some women in the back seat. With curvy and voluptuous figures one can’t be blamed for mistaking them to be the female species! They belt-out a good collection of stage musicals, impersonations and comedy. It promises to be a fun entertainment for the whole family and definitely a great way to spend an evening in Bangkok city.
Getting there is easy enough. You can take a free 10 minute ferry ride, courtesy of Asiatique from Sathorn pier which is just a 5 minute walk from Thaksin BTS. Enjoy the brief river cruise on the Chao Phraya while enroute to the Asiatique pier. You can see part of the city skyline with the brightly colored lights and possibly some ridiculously luxurious private cruisers docked in private properties and you might even catch a glimpse of the famous Chao Phraya Dinner cruise ships that ply the route often in the late evenings with the dinner guests onboard.
Booking tickets for the Calypso Cabaret show is easy if you go through a travel agent but if it is on an ad-hoc basis, you can always get the tickets at the entrance of the show. However be warned that sometimes tickets are fully booked. So please be advised to book the Calypso Cabaret tickets in advance to avoid any disappointment. The show is highly recommended when you visit Thailand, especially if you are spending time in Bangkok city. Aside from the English songs that are part of the show, one can also expect other languages in their repertoire of songs that include, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin and off course Thai. The choreography is meticulous from the many hours of constant practice and there are some really funny moments in the show that are sure to delight the audience. After the performance, you can pose for pictures with some of the performers which will give you much talked about memories of your visit to Thailand!
So while you are in Bangkok, do make your way to Asiatique the Riverfront. Do a bit of shopping in the many outlets and boutiques, go for a cabaret show at Calypso Cabaret, enjoy a late dinner and after dinner drinks all right there by the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River. Who knows, it just might also be the setting for a romantic night out with the river breeze providing a gentle caress in the tropics of Thailand’s famous city!