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Entertainment in Thailand

Entertainment in Thailand doesn’t lack variety. Travelling to major cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai will give you the opportunity to enjoy some amazing shows performed by skillful artists. One of these is the Siam Nirami Show, an impressive stage production with more than 100 performers, stunning costumes, and amazing visual effects that display Thai art and culture.

And if you like to get in touch with another aspect of Thai culture, in Chiang Mai you can take part in a Lan Na culture experience and learn more about the hill tribes and their dances. Many places also offer dinner shows, that mix art and food, and give you for example the chance to assist to a khon show and learn the story of the Ramakien, an old Thai epic tale.

Last but not least, you can give yourself a pleasant night cruise on the Chao Phraya river and admire Bangkok at night; or head to Jazz Bamboo Bar at Mandarin Oriental for good cocktails and excellent live music.


  • Seize the opportunity to watch one of the largest stage productions of Asia, the Siam Nirami Show
  • Head to Old Chiang Mai to experience the wonderful Lan Na culture
  • Choose one of the many dinner shows and delight your taste buds while enjoying traditional dances

Traditional Dance and Theater

Dances and stage performances are an important part of Thai culture, and we strongly recommend not to miss them.

For example, if you are in Bangkok, you can spend a wonderful night, watching the Siam Nirami Show, a huge stage performance with hundreds of performers, beautiful costumes, and stunning visual effects that depict the complex and rich Thai culture.

In Chiang Mai, you can attend a Hill Tribe Show performed by people from many different tribes. Enjoy the fascinating traditional dances and the traditional costumes.

A dinner show is a good opportunity to mix art and food. All the major cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai offer dinner shows. You can watch a khon play in Bangkok while eating elaborated Thai food; or sit on the ground around a small table and admire the dances of the Lan Na people.

Siam Nirami Show in Bangkok

There are not many shows that can stand up to this complex and rich show. With more than 150 performers and 500 different costumes, the Siam Nirami Show is one of the largest stage productions of Asia.

You will start the evening with a sumptuous buffet with delicious Thai and Western food. Then, after eating, take a walk inside the authentic replica of a Thai village and immerse yourself in the rural atmosphere. After that, at 8 p.m., it is time for the show to begin.

The show is divided into three acts. During the first act, you will learn more about Thai art and culture, with the performers depicting cultural history and traditions from the various regions of the country. The three performances of the second act aim to explain the law of Karma, one of the most important concepts in Hinduism and Buddhism. The last act is a joyful and colorful celebration of Buddhism, with plenty of marvelous special effects that will amaze you.

After the end of the show, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

Location: 19 Tiamruammit Road, Bangkok 10320

Lan Na Thai Culture Experience

Old Chiang Mai, a culture center just a couple of minutes from the Old City, offers you the opportunity to take a glance at the Lan Na culture. Every night, tribal people, dressed in their traditional dress, will enact a hill tribe show, performing many different dances, many of which are part of spiritual and religious ceremonies.

The Yao Dance is a religious trance-induced dance that is used to pay respect to the ancestors, at a priest ordination or to pray for rain. The Hmong Dance, which is thousands of years old, stems from the Meo, an ancient population who moved from Siberia to China and then to Thailand.

The Lisu Dance is performed by dancers wearing colorful clothes, with heavy silver decorations. The Fire Sword Dance used to be a dance performed before a battle (only after sunset); and the Rice Winnowing Dance, a northern Thai folk dance, demonstrates the art of separating the husk from the rice grains, and it celebrates the joy of an abundant harvest.

Location: 185/3 Wualai Rd, T. Hai Ya a. Muang, Chiang Mai

Dinner Shows

All the major cities offer dinner shows. If you are in Chiang Mai, we recommend to go to a khantoke dinner at the Khantoke Palace or the Khum Kaew Khantoke Palace.

The khantoke show is named after the traditional dining table used by the Lan Na. Sitting around the khantoke, you will taste dishes like Burmese pork, green curry, sweet crispy noodles, etc., with performers dancing around the tables. The Fingernail Dance, a signature dance of the northern regions; or the Sword Dance, developed from ancient martial arts, are just two of the many dances performed.

The Silom Village Restaurant in Bangkok presents authentic khon shows. Khon is the traditional Thai theatre, where dancers wear colorful masks and are accompanied by a narrator and a small ensemble called piphat. It tells the story of the Ramakien, the Thai version of the Hindu epic tale, the Ramayana.

While watching the play, you will get the chance to taste delicious Thai dishes like shrimps in spicy and sour soup, deep fried chicken wrapped in pandanus leaf, green curry chicken, and much more. You can also choose a vegetarian or a seafood set menu.

Chao Phraya Cruise Bangkok

This cruise on the Chao Phraya river is perfect for a romantic evening or to enjoy a different side of the capital city. While enjoying the beautiful night scenery of the city, you can help yourself from an exquisite Thai and international buffet, with plenty of cocktails and beverages. All this with the harmonious accompaniment of professional singers and a traditional Thai Greeting Dance.

The Asia Highlights Experience

At night, after a day of sightseeing, every traveler wants to relax and enjoy the local entertainment. Thailand has much to offer, and you surely don’t want to miss any of those spectacular shows. Book with Asia Highlights and let our staff help you plan every detail of your trip. We will tailor the perfect trip around your requests, ensuring a hassle-free vacation for you and your loved ones.

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