Popular among tourists are the cultural shows staged by Thai restaurants, which are a good introduction to Thailand’s highly-styled classical dance. Bangkok does not have regular offerings of plays, operas or concerts but performances are frequently staged by local and international artists. The Thailand Cultural Centre and Thailand’s National Theater are the main venues. You may also want to go to a Kick Boxing or Martial Arts display.
Bangkok Theater Travel Guide
Leading Bangkok Hotels often host visiting artists and small theater groups. Theatrical events in Bangkok include Thai dance and puppet performances, English and Thai language dramas, concerts by visiting international artists and musical performances.
1. National Cultural Centre
23 Rais, Thanon Ratchadaphisek, Huai Khwang District, Bangkok. Phone: +66 247 0028
The National Cultural Centre is the local point for cultural exchange both at the national and international levels and contains an open-air theater.
2. National Theater
Na Phra That Road next to the National Museum. Phone: +66 224 1342
Thai Classical dramas and other types of international arts are periodically staged here. Current programmes can be checked by telephoning the theater on weekdays between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm. Special exhibition shows of Thai classical dancing and music and held on the last Friday and Saturday of each month.
3. Sangkhit Sin Centre
Ratchadamnoen Road, Phra Nakhon District. Phone: +66 282 2396.
The Sangkhit Sin Centre is a cultural centre where Thai classical music or technical discussions on the issue of music are organised every Friday free of charge.
4. Bangkok Theater
Phone: +66 319 7641. Thanon Petchaburi (near Ekkamai Intersection) near Charn Issara II building.
Bangkok Theater is where modern dramas are staged every weekend from Friday to Sunday.
5. Chaloem Krung Royal Theater
Charoen Krung road of Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok. Phone: + 66 222 0434
There is a wide variety of performances being offered like Khon (drama enacting scenes from Ramayana); plays, period dramas and movies.
6. Patravadi Theater
69/1 Soi Wat Rakang. Phone: +66 412 7287.
Renowned for its lavish productions, this outdoor theater has gained popularity through its modern adaptations of classical Asian literature. Performances every weekend during the season.