Bangkok Cultural Shows
Cultural shows range from traditional Thai music, dancing and
wedding ceremonies to Thai boxing and elephants "working". They
are primarily aimed at tourists.
But for those who want to experience some of Thailand's cultural heritage and get some nice pictures, they can be worthwhile.
Only 30 km out of Bangkok, is a popular place to see a cultural show because of the wide variety of programs. They have a Thai Village and programs which include a Buddhist ordination procession, a traditional wedding, classical dancing and music, sword fighting, Thai boxing and an elephant show. You can go on your own or book a tour through your hotel or a travel agent. Do not deal with touts!
Somewhat similar to the Rose Garden is Baan Thai. It is a theme park that lets visitors experience Thai culture and food. There are also cultural shows. It is on the Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road at Kilometer seven. Admission is 400 baht and includes lunch and a show.
Thailand Cultural Center
For a complete performance of the Ramakien or a regional drama, the Thailand Cultural Center on Ratchadapisek Road is recommended. They have dramatic performances on weekends.
Getting there is fairly painless as well since the Thailand Cultural Center has a subway station.
The telephone number +66 2 247-0028.
Many hotels offer shows along with dinner.
Oriental Hotel (phone
02 236 0400)
Shangri-La (phone 02 236 7777) are two.
Reservations are recommended.