A night out at Calypso cabaret provides for a fun experience and a good break from Bangkok city sightseeing. Transgender artists or “ladyboys”, some of them so beautiful that it is easy to forget that they are not real girls, perform a Las Vegas style show with lots of glitz and glamour, hair pieces and ostrich feathers. Watch the ladyboys wearing beautiful gowns and costumes perform a series of acts and dances on a large stage.
The stepped seating of the air conditioned theater allows everyone a good view of the stage. The red interior with small tables with lamps reminds of the Parisian cabarets of a previous era. The show featuring 70 performers performing over a dozen acts takes about 1½ hours. The Calypso theater is located at Asiatique, a riverside shopping, dining and entertainment complex easily accessible by Chao Phraya river boat.
The acts are a good mix of drama, comedy, modern and traditional music. Some of them are designed to appeal to nationalities in the audience like the Chinese and Korean acts, while there is meaning in others, like the “Free your mind” act.
Among the acts are “The King” Elvis Presley, a lovely Chinese ballad, a very energetic Beyoncé, Lady Gaga accompanied by violin music, the En Vogue song Free your mind, a Japanese song called Geisha, Marilyn Monroe, All that Jazz and Arirang, a Korean folk song with the performers wearing beautiful and colorful traditional Korean dresses.
The show ends with the Grand Finale, where all performers appear on stage in gowns and tails. After the show the performers line up near the exit where you can take your photo with them and give a tip if you want.
Thai dinner and traditional dance
Before the cabaret show there is Thai dinner and dance at the Calypso restaurant. While enjoying Thai dishes visitors can watch a Khon dance show, a drama dance traditionally performed for the Royal court. The dances performed by elegant dancers wearing traditional costumes tell stories from a famous Thai epic.
On the set menu are Thai dishes as Tom Yam Kung (spicy shrimp soup), fish cake, satay, Geng Kiew Wan (green curry with chicken), stir fried vegetables and steamed rice. Afterwards are Thai style desserts, fruits, tea and coffee.
Location and how to get there
Calypso cabaret is located at Asiatique The Riverfront (warehouse 3), 2194 Charoenkrung road, Bangkok.
The easiest way to get there is by BTS Sky Train and river boat. First take the BTS Sky Train to Saphan Taksin station. From there walk to the Sathorn pier on the Chao Phraya river. A free Asiatique shuttle boat to Asiatique pier runs every 30 minutes from 4 pm until 11.30 pm. The last boat back to Sathorn pier leaves at 11 pm. Alternatively, take a Chao Phraya Express river boat (until 8 pm).
Opening hours & show times
The Calypso Bangkok theater opens daily. There are 2 shows, the first one starts at 8.15 pm, the second at 9.45 pm. Thai dinner and traditional dance start at 6.30 pm and at 8.30 pm.
Ticket prices at Calypso ticket booths are:
Child rate: not over 120 cm
The fee for the cabaret shows includes one drink, choice of beer, whiskey, tea, coffee, gin & tonic, water or coke.
Get Calypso Cabaret tickets
Adult 1,799 Baht - Child 600/999 Baht