How to watch a ladyboy show in Thailand
Are you planning on a trip to Thailand ? If so, you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity of seeing a ladyboy show.
Today, I’m going to give you an all-out guide on what to do the moment you step foot on the grounds of Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Thailand is not only known for its geographical beauty. The land of smiles is also known as the land of the most beautiful ladyboys. If you’re planning to be beguiled by them, your first stop must be a ladyboy cabaret show.
What is a ladyboy cabaret show?
This show is like any other cabaret show in Bangkok, but better. A cabaret is a form of entertainment that’s seen in a theater.
It features :
- cultural Thai dance
- and more
The typical audience of a show like this is usually immobile in their theater seats but there are cabaret shows that are integrated with fine dining as well.
What makes a ladyboy cabaret show more spectacular is its performers. I’ve personally experienced watching some in Bangkok and I can still remember how in awe I was with how beautiful the ladyboys were. So much so that in one show, I gave one of the ladies all of the cash that’s in my wallet.
What to expect?
Not that kind of show
Please know that shows in Bangkok’s red-light district’s Sois are not what a ladyboy show is all about. We can discuss that on another topic because this guide is more about the family-friendly aspect of the entertainment industry.
Apart from the aesthetic beauty of the ladyboys, you’re going to be wowed by their talents. All of them can dance be it gracefully or in a more robust manner. I especially like the lip-sync parts of the show wherein I’m just glued to their magnetic charm and dazzling movements.
What else is in the show?
While dance performances are rampant, sme of the performers can sing using their real voices but a show like that is a bit more unusual.
- stage setups
are going to truly take you in a world of beauty that you’ve never seen before.
Us ladyboys (yes, I’m taking credit lol), are mostly very inclined in our aesthetics and if you’re already wowed by an individual alone, a show like this puts beauty on top of beauty which will prove to be quite a journey for you.
Ladyboy performances Bangkok ticket prices
The one that I’ve watched with my transmom back in 2008 was called the Calypso Cabaret Bangkok.
The cost of the ticket was around 800 baht ($20~).
They have options for dinner inclusions and a whole lot more. Click for more about Calypso Cabaret Bangkok Show.
I’m currently 30-years old and I’ve watched the show when I was 18 (in yellow dress) so everything’s a bit hazy when it comes to the exact details. Pardonne moi if I get the numbers wrong.
Tipping and Photo Ops
I have a friend who used to work in a ladyboy cabaret show in Manila. She told me that their salary is quite low and that she makes more from tips than her actual monthly wage.
If you want to take beautiful mementos with you back home, the best way to do it is by partaking in the aftershow photo op session.
You won’t only get to have a beautiful photo displayed in the foyer of your home, you’re also going to help the performers keep on entertaining the rest of the world with your kind help.
In retrospect of watching the ladyboy show in Bangkok’s Asiatique The Riverfront, I should’ve split all of my money with all of the performers. However, I got so wowed by a certain ladyboy who was wearing a sequined red leotard which encouraged my mind to be like… You’re very pretty. Here, take my money!
Added to that, if you’re planning to tip a ladyboy performer, please don’t give her anything lower than 100 baht ($3~). Anything below that is unacceptable and insulting.
Shows outside of Bangkok
If you want to watch the most prestigious ladyboy show, you’re not going to find it in the capital city. The reason being is because the most popular ladyboy cabaret show in the WORLD called Tiffany’s Ladyboy Cabaret Show, is in Pattaya.
Have you heard of Miss International Queen? Did you know that it is held annually in Tiffany’s? If it’s the crème de la crème that you’re looking for, it’s time to start booking those bus tickets (or private plane Mr. Money Bags).
You can also find such shows in Patong Phuket if your vacation is more in tune with a paradise-like setting. Chiang Mai ladyboy shows also exist if your original plan is to visit Thailand’s world-famous temples.
Ladyboy performances in Koh Samui and Koh Tao are also viable options so you’re really not going to have any problems in including this type of glamorous show in your itinerary.
Other countries to watch ladyboy shows
Albeit Thailand being the most popular when it comes to ladyboy entertainment, there are other countries with beautiful ladyboy performers as well. I’ve also watched the Amazing Show in Manila and it was quite remarkable.
Shows in Manila
Before I fangirl too much, I just want to say that I’m writing this guide based on my own experience. Everything that will be listed in this section will include a lot of my biases.
I have not watched the Tiffany Show yet but I’m pretty sure that it’s iconic. However, comparing between Calypso Cabaret Bangkok Show and the Amazing Show Manila, I enjoyed the latter better.
The reason being is because I felt that Amazing Show Manila had more popular titles in their performances. They have:
- The Phantom of the Opera (my favorite musical)
- Teresa Teng songs
- Enigma’s Principles of Lust
- And my all-time favorite singer Mariah Carey’s song “All I want for Christmas is You”
However, the last time that I’ve watched both shows was in 2008 so don’t let this opinion stop you from seeing any show that you want. Furthermore, If your vacation is in the Paradise Island of Boracay, you can also watch the Amazing Show there.
Shows in Melbourne
If you’re from a land down under, you should check your local listings of ladyboy performances in Melbourne. They’ve launched the show called Thailand’s Ladyboy Superstars back in 2016 but I am not sure if it still exists.
Frequently Asked Questions about ladyboy shows
Before asking me questions regarding these shows, feel free to peruse this FAQ section first. You might just find what you’re looking for.
Do ladyboys perform naked in these shows?
Cabaret shows are different from strip-tease shows. If you’re looking to watch ladyboys dancing on top of the bar naked, you could try Nana Plaza.
However, I’ve watched some clips in the aftershow of Tiffany’s, and some ladyboys allow the customers to take photos with them while having their breasts cupped or with their breasts hanging out.
Can I take them out on a date?
You’re welcome to do so but ask their phone numbers in a respectful manner. Not everyone’s open to going out with a random stranger. Added to that, I’m pretty sure that most of them are taken already as the majority of the performers are quite stunning.
How much does a show ticket costs?
A typical ticket starts from 400 baht ($10~). For more information, click other Ladyboy Shows in Bangkok.
I hope that I was able to help you with how to watch a ladyboy show in Thailand. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to write a comment below.