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.
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.
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.
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:
Some live music was happening in the courtyard area but soon to pack up.
A few night time mood shots from the final part of the evening as we headed back to the car:
So shopping, markets and ladyboys crossed off my to-do list. A good finish to a busy afternoon.
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