Ladyboy Cabaret Shows: where the curves may be fake, but the entertainment value is real
Ladyboys in Pattaya have adopted the role of the Vegas showgirl, adding a combination of glitz, glamour, and gaiety to the city. In fact it’s hard to imagine Pattaya without its legions of ladyboys. They’ve quite simply become part of the fabric of the city and like technicolour butterflies they display themselves most extravagantly at the grand ladyboy cabaret shows, of which there are several in the general downtown core. And if you’ve never been to one you might just be surprised at how entertaining these highly theatrical spectacles can be.
ALCAZAR CABARET: The Alcazar Cabaret began back in 1981, with about 100 performers and seating for 350 persons. However the show has grown considerably since then, and is now house in a 1,200 seat theater with state-of-the-art light and sound systems. There are four shows daily—5pm, 6:30pm, 8pm, and 9:30pm— and the 70-minute, 17 song performance covers everything from red-hot jazz numbers to Oriental fan dances, Russian numbers, and modern Korean pop. The theatre is located at 78/14 Pattaya 2nd Rd.
COLOSSEUM SHOW: One of the newest contenders to the city’s ladyboy throne is the Colosseum Show Pattaya, which opened in 2013. The building itself is hard to miss, as it’s designed to look like the famed ancient colosseum in Rome. Inside there is room for 1,000 spectators, and the seats are arranged in a semi-circular arc in front of an expensive stage. The 75-minute performance, presented in 16 segments, combines professional choreography and fabulous costumes, making full use of the theatre’s futuristic light and sound system and hydraulic stage. The colosseum is located at Thepprasit Rd (between Sois 13 and 15) in South Pattaya.
TIFFANY’S SHOW: Now in it’s 40th year, the world famous Tiffany’s Show Pattaya is the grand dame of the city’s ladyboy cabaret parade. What began as a one-man show performed for friends one New Year’s Eve back in 1974, has grown into a household word in Thailand and beyond, thanks in part to the exceedingly popular annual Miss Tiffany beauty pageant. The show presents a variety of musical numbers, all featuring eye-popping costumes and choreography. And from now until the end of August, the “gals” are joined Tuesday through Saturday by special guest magician Joe Labero, who performs his magic act with the aid of his lovely ladyboy assistants (showtime 9pm). The theatre is located at 464 Moo 9, Pattaya 2nd Rd.