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Transvestite Cabarets

Transvestite (katoey) cabarets are worth a special trip to Thailand to see. Coach loads of foreign tourists, especially Asians, come in to see and take photos with the amazingly feminine transvestites. Sometimes the only thing that gives them away as being 'male' are their deeper voices. Many of the 'katoeys' have already undergone transgender surgery and to all intents and purposes can be considered female.

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Cabarets at Pattaya
Miss Tiffany & Universe 2000Pattaya is other place to see fascinating transvestite cabarets. Two famous shows,Tiffany and Alcazar, located on the Second Road, in the North Pattaya.

Bangkok has several places to see this spectacle. Calypso in the Asia Hotel is the biggest and most popular. Mambo, in the old Washington Theater on Sukhumvit Road is another. Several of the gay bars in the Silom Soi 2 and Soi 4 area also offer short cabaret performances in between the regular dance shows. If you've never seen a transvestite show before, go ahead and check it out. You'll be amazed.


Calypso

Perhaps Bangkok's most famous transvestite cabaret show is at Calypso, located in the Asia Hotel on Phyathai Road.

Calypso ShowThe Calypso troupe offers an amusing Broadway-style drag review, and the Asian 'Spice Girls', five 'girls' who look amazingly like the UK songsters. The shows cater mainly to a tourist audience, but offer a wide range of themes ranging from traditional Thai to 50s New York.

Calypso offers two shows nightly at 8.15 pm and 9.45 pm but with a dual pricing arrangement of 350 baht for Thais, 700 baht for foreigners (price includes a drink).

296 Phyathai Road, Bangkok
Reservations: Tel +66 2 261-6355, 216-8937

Mambo

Mambo ShowThe old-style Broadway theme, rehashed by local transvestites. Mambo is located in the former Washington Theater, close to Phrom Pong BTS Station. Open daily 8.30 pm to 10.00 pm with a ticket cost of 600 or 800 baht. Two shows nightly.

Washington Theater, Sukhumvit Soi 22
Tel +66 2 259-5128, 259-5715

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