See a Ladyboy Show in Thailand. Alone.

Peter and I traveled to Thailand together, though he had to leave a week earlier than me to tend to our restaurant. Someone had to do it. I am happy it wasn’t me. I stayed in Chiang Mai without any real plan, until I decided that it would be a shame to go all the way to Thailand without seeing one of the beach towns that they were known for. That’s where a spontaneous solo trip to Phuket came into play.

Luckily, Air Asia had last minute flights and my leftover Hilton Honor points would just about cover two nights in Phuket. Sweet. I was admittedly nervous about traveling alone. I had done it dozens of times before, but within the United States, never out of the country.

The “what ifs” invaded my brain and I had to shoo each one away.

My least favorite thing about traveling is landing at your destination and scrambling to find transport to your lodging. I always overly prepare for this. So, I knew that a 40 minute taxi ride was the answer once I landed in Phuket, but the ride still made me skittish. Probably, because the driver did not say a word to me the entire time and I had no idea which direction I should be going and if he was heading the right way.

But, I arrived at the Hilton unscathed. Phew.

The first thing I did upon arrival was head over to the activities desk and book some solo fun; a Ladyboy Show for that evening and a tour of James Bond island and the monkey temple for the next day.

I knew that I wanted to see some sort of show in Phuket and even though the most popular was the Fantasea elephant show, I just didn’t think dancing elephants could possibly compare to the day I had just spent bathing these majestic creatures at the Elephant Nature Park rescue. So, I chose option two, a Ladyboy show.

The Simon Cabaret is an extravaganza of lip syncing, transgendered that really make you wonder.

I sat in the hotel prior to leaving that night wondering what does one wear to a Ladyboy show? I did not bring a pink boa or a sparkly dress, cropped pants and a tank will have to do.
Phuket, Thailand Ladyboy ShowThailand Ladyboy Show

The tour bus picked me up first, which was great as it avoided all the stares of the “girl in Phuket who is going to see a ladyboy show by herself”. We arrived early, so I hit the bar for a glass of red wine. If you have been to Thailand and are a wine fan, you will know that finding a decent glass of wine is like finding a street without a foot massage shop. It just doesn’t happen. Until, now.

Even when I thought the Hilton would be in the know for wine, they served me a glass of red wine vinegar. I swear. To their defense that was their house special. I ordered something else that wasn’t so “special”. But, it still wasn’t nearly as good as tonight’s glass.

The best glass of wine I had in Thailand was at a ladyboy show. Go figure.
Ladyboys at Thailand Ladyboy Show

After the happiness of having decent vino, I sat in between a sweet couple, who brought their 5 year old daughter, and a pair of mother/daughter travelers. Not one of them asked me why I was alone.

The show itself was entertaining, yet a cheesey display of lip syncing cover tunes from around the world and dancing.
Phuket, Thailand Ladyboy ShowThailand Ladyboy Show

But, what surprised me were that these girls were HOT. So beautiful that it made you forget about trying to figure out where they tuck it in.

After the show, the entire cast lines the street for photo opportunities. Soliciting tips. And their was no shortage of people who wanted a picture with these feather wearing, women.
Thailand Ladyboy Show Phuket, Thailand Ladyboy Show

I spent so much time taking photos of the pretty girls that I was the absolute last person on the bus. They all glared as I got into my seat. Now everyone knew I’m alone. Oh well.

Is seeing a ladyboy show on your bucket list?

Book > An Evening at the Simon Cabaret 

For more Thailand travel ideas: Bucket List of 18 Things to do in Chiang Mai

2018-12-22T08:23:25+00:00August 16th, 2013|Categories: Asia, Thailand, TRAVEL|Tags: , |


  1. Angela August 17, 2013 at 2:21 am - Reply

    I think it’s pretty awesome you did this alone!

    • Annette White August 17, 2013 at 5:52 am - Reply


  2. Anita Mac August 17, 2013 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Well worth the effort of going alone Annette! Love your cabaret photos…looks like it was a lot of fun!

    • Annette White August 17, 2013 at 8:44 am - Reply

      It was a very fun night!

  3. CeCe August 17, 2013 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Wow…some of those “girls” are REALLY pretty!

    • Annette White August 17, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Aren’t they? I couldn’t believe how pretty!

  4. Jessica August 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    I was always completely amazed too at how beautiful ladyboys are – both the ones in shows, and the ones that you just see walking around. They definitely don’t look like men in drag. In most cases, the Adam’s apple is the only give-away.

    • Annette White August 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      I agree, one of them could pass me on the street and I’d be jealous of how pretty they are. And their amazing figures!

  5. Heather August 18, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

    These ladyboys are so pretty! I love that they are considered a third gender in Thailand, getting their own box to check on forms. Such a progressive country!

    • Annette White August 18, 2013 at 9:51 am - Reply

      I didn’t even know that! Thanks for sharing that interesting bit of info. 🙂

  6. simply Paul August 20, 2013 at 4:16 am - Reply

    To see a lady boy show isn’t on my list, but I love the fact that this was a spare of the moment thing. I think us bucket listers sometimes forget to enjoy the random things that happen in our lives that aren’t on our lists.

    • Annette White August 20, 2013 at 4:30 am - Reply

      I agree! I find it so much fun to not only complete things on my list, but to also have spontaneous experiences searching for bucket list worthy adventures for my readers 🙂

  7. The Yum List August 20, 2013 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Oh what fun!

  8. Marcy August 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    I would have felt pretty nervous going alone. Beautiful pictures of beautiful people. 🙂

    • Annette White August 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      I always tell myself that I will probably never see these people again and that helps 🙂

  9. Mia Escobud August 21, 2013 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Great pics and always a fun night out!

    • Annette White August 21, 2013 at 6:48 am - Reply

      Thanks! The ladyboy show was definitely memorable!

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