Our final couple of items to tick off the list yesterday for my friends Gaz and Saskia were the Sunday walking markets in the old town of Chiang Mai, my post HERE, Boy Blues Bar, my post HERE and a ladyboy show.

This is a pretty short entry just to finish off my photos from yesterday’s afternoon outing.

A very minor army presence at Thapae Gate leading into the Old Town where the Sunday walking markets are normally held on a Sunday.

A very minor post-coup army presence at Thapae Gate leading into the Old Town where the Sunday walking markets are normally held on a Sunday.

Gaz with the face of the coup.

Gaz with the face of the coup.

Saskia with soldier at Thapae Gate. Long may this benign situation continue.

Saskia with soldier at Thapae Gate. Long may this benign situation continue.

Unfortunately as a result of the recent coup the Sunday markets weren’t happening so plan B had us walking the opposite direction to Changklan Road, where there are markets set up every evening on either side of the road and also in large courtyard areas on the riverside of Changklan Road. On the way we passed this well know landmark for many visitors to Chiang Mai. Their website HERE. Check out the prices and you will understand why dental holidays are so popular.

Gaz and Saskia's least favourite place in Chiang Mai.

Gaz and Saskia’s least favourite place in Chiang Mai but they keep going back!

Heading into Changklan Road.

Heading into Changklan Road with the markets in the distance.

Gaun was in a boxing mood.

Gaun was in a boxing mood.

And had the gear for it.

And had the gear for it.

Just to prove we do have some high rise in Chiang Mai.

Just to prove we do have some high rise in Chiang Mai.

The Chinese influence.

The Chinese influence in lighting and tourists.

Ah the choice.

Ah the choice.

If you have read my previous Sunday market post this is all a repeat so I won't go further on the market side.

If you have read my previous Sunday market entry this is all a repeat so I won’t go further on the market side of the post.

If you enjoy a pretty tasteful cabaret type entertainment then this ladyboy show is worth a look. The show kicks off at 9.00 pm and lasts for about an hour. Entry is free but you pay a little more for drinks but nothing too hard on the pocket. Buy a round and then hang on until about 9.45 when the bar will put on a happy hour with a small bottle of Chang beer at 50 baht, $1.65 and all cocktails for 100 baht, which is a pretty good offer. The serving staff will press you enthusiastically for a tip for serving drinks and they are looking for 100 THB. This tip should cover you for the evening and you can get your photo taken.

If you are walking around the markets earlier in the evening you will see the ladyboys promoting the show for that night.

HINT: There is also a happy hour from I think 7.30 with half priced drinks, which makes them very reasonable. Nothing happening inside so it is just a bar venue. You can also reserve a table at the front of the stage area if you go in early, which is a great way to catch all the action. If you come at showtime without a booking you will most likely be seated towards the back.

I have to say that in my vast experience of ladyboy shows i.e. one in Phuket, this is a pretty good effort. A very small stage, but a decent sound system, good rocky music, great costumes and the lip sync and dancing is not bad at all. Well worth a visit to break up an evening’s shopping expedition.

We came late so were up the back.

We came halfway through so were up the back. The seats at the front get you really close and the cast circulate through the audience, which can be interesting.

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A couple of friendly guys watching the show.

A couple of friendly guys watching the show.

Some of the ladyboys with larger personalities act as waitresses? Expect to be asked for a tip to be placed somewhere on their person!

Some of the ladyboys with larger personalities act as waitresses? Expect to be asked for a tip to be placed somewhere on their person!

Our Kylie.

Our Kylie.

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The audience is invited up on the stage at the end to dance with some of the cast while the others are outside available for a photo opportunity for money. Because we had the coup curfew happening at 10.00 pm and had a 30 minute drive home we neither got on stage or paid for photos!

My third option for the evening at Boy Blues Bar didn’t happen either as they are closed on a Sunday. I now know for my next visitors. Boy himself who usually doesn’t start playing until around 10.00 pm must start earlier as a result of the coup. I will report back.

Leaving the bar I had to take a quick photo of this little guy:

Waiting for mum.

Waiting for mum.

Some live music was happening in the courtyard area but soon to pack up.

Thumbs up from the band.

Thumbs up from the band.

A few night time mood shots from the final part of the evening as we headed back to the car:

This is the back of the Wat where we usually park the car if visiting Thapae Road.

This is the back of the Wat where we usually park the car if visiting Thapae Road.

The Buddha statue lit up for night.

The Buddha statue lit up for night.

Thapae Road at night.

Thapae Road at night.

Small Soi off Thapae Road.

Small Soi off Thapae Road.

Looks better at night.

Looks better at night a bit like Kings Cross.

So shopping, markets and ladyboys crossed off my to-do list. A good finish to a busy afternoon.

What else did we do today? Read about it HERE and HERE.

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