(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.
is other place to see fascinating transvestite cabarets.
Two famous shows,Tiffany and Alcazar, located on
the Second Road, in the North Pattaya.
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.
Bangkok's most famous transvestite cabaret show is at Calypso,
located in the Asia Hotel on Phyathai Road.
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.
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).
Phyathai Road, Bangkok
Reservations: Tel +66 2 261-6355, 216-8937
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.
Theater, Sukhumvit Soi 22
Tel +66 2 259-5128, 259-5715