Siam Niramit cultural show provides for an entertaining night out and a chance to get some insight in Thai culture and history as well as local beliefs and religion.
150 Performers wearing beautiful and colorful costumes perform an engaging stage show featuring a realistic scene with boats sailing on a river, war scenes with sword fights, canon shots and a war elephant and many other impressive scenes.
Meet creatures from Thai mythology, see a depiction of Heaven and Hell and watch Muay Thai boxing fights, the combat techniques used by the Siamese army in gone by times.
Arrive at least an hour before the start of the show to have a look around the Thai village and to watch a traditional Thai dance act outside on the courtyard.
The outdoors show
On the courtyard before the start of the theatre show you can watch a performance of Thai traditional dances performed by dancers wearing colorful and elegant traditional dress. Visitors are invited to participate in the dance.
There is also an exhibition show of Muay Thai boxing, Thailand’s most popular sport.
The Thai village
Around the courtyard is a replica rural village with paddy fields and traditional houses from various regions of Thailand. The people wear clothing of each region, like the colorful dress of the hill tribes people from the North.
At the houses you can see the daily life of people in gone by times as well as Thai customs and way of life. Watch demonstrations of traditional crafts like weaving silk or see how traditional Thai food is prepared and sample some when it is ready.
Meet the Hun Lakhon Lek, the Thai puppets used in the old days to tell Thai folk tales, take a long tail boat ride on a small khlong (canal) or feed the large fish in the pond.
The theatre show
Siam Niramit cultural show is an engaging 80 minute show performed on a very large stage measuring 65 meters wide, 40 meters deep and 12 meters high in an air conditioned theatre.
150 Performers wearing beautiful, colorful costumes present an entertaining show with dance and music accompanied by special effects as thunder and lightning. With every act there is a scene change.
The show consists of three acts:
Act 1: Journey back into history.
Meet the civilizations of the North, Central, North East (Isan) and the South.
Act 2: Journey behind imagination: The three worlds (Heaven, Hell and Himmapan forest).
See angels from the Heavens portrayed by dancers suspended from the ceiling and scenes from Hell with demons and torture. See the punishments that sinners receive who have committed sins as adultery and lying. Meet the mythical creatures that live in the legendary forest Himmapan.
Act 3: Journey through joyous festivals.
During the last act you will get to know Thailand’s festivals such as Songkran (the water festival) and Loy Krathong as well as important Buddhist events such as ordination into monkhood.
Scenes take place in various regions of the country. From the North you will see a Royal procession from the days of the Northern Kingdom Lanna, the fingernail dance and sword dance.
From the South a performance of shadow puppets and a market scene with foreign traders in Srivijaya, an ancient Kingdom in the South.
In the North East a scene that takes place in Ayutthaya, once one of the most powerful and richest places in the world. Also a bamboo dance and several folk songs as well as Muay Thai boxing fights, in ancient days the form of combat used by the Siamese army.
Location and how to get there
Siam Niramit is located at 19 Tiamruammit road in Huai Khwang district, about 10 kilometers East of the historical district.
The easiest way to get there is by metered taxi or MRT subway.
If you use the MRT take exit 1 of MRT station Thailand Cultural Centre. A free shuttle bus service to Siam Niramit runs about every 15 minutes. First pick up time is at 5.30 pm. After the show take the shuttle bus back to the MRT station.
Opening hours & show times
The theatre show starts at 8 pm (daily).
Buffet dinner is from 5.30 pm until 8 pm.
The show on the courtyard starts at 7 pm.
Taking photos inside the theatre is now allowed. Cameras, iPads etc. can be left with the staff at the theatre entrance.
Prices charged at the theatre are as follows.
Child rate: Height between 90 and 140 cm
Toddler: Children under 90 centimeters tall enter free if they share a seat with one of their parents.
The buffet dinner consists of Thai and international food and several deserts.
Siam Niramit Show