Category: Entertainment

Siam Niramit

Situated on Thiam Ruammit Road off Ratchadaphisek Road, about 100 metres from the Thailand Culutral Center.

Siam Niramit is a one-of-a-kind cultural theme complex offerring a world-class spectacular performance in a 2000-seat theatre.

The 80-minute show features 3 stories of Thailand’s cultural heritage: Journey Back into History, Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Realms and Journey Through Joyous Festivals, with the magic of state-of-the-art technology and special effects.

The show starts nightly at 8 pm. but visitors should arrive at 7 pm. to join a free guided
tour to a Thai village in the compound.  Restuarants and souvenir shops are also available.

Tickets cost 1,500  baht per person.

Contact Siam Niramit at Tel: 0 2649 92222 Fax: 0 2649 9200 for reservations. Click www.siamniramit.com  for details and click www.thaiticketmaster.com for online booking till 30 december 2005.

Sala Chalermkrung Theatre

Khon is Thailand’s classical masked dance that is regarded as one of the most refined of performing arts. It was originally limited to the royal court. Performances are extremely expensive to produce, requiring lavish costumes, elaborate masks and headgear, and stage accessories that require highly skilled craftsmen to create. The scenes performed in the
traditional Khon are taken from the Ramakien, a series of significant episodes in Thai literature based on the Indian epic of classical mythology the Ramayana that greatly influenced the literature of almost all nations in Southeast Asia.

Khon at Sala Chalermkrung is performed every Friday and Saturday at 8.30 pm.  Tickets cost 1,000 baht and 1,200 baht.  Call Sala Chalermkrung at Tel: 0 2224 4499 or visit  or Thaiticketmaster at Tel: 0 2262 3456 or visit www.thaiticketmaster.com for reservation. For
more information about the performance and Sala Challermkrung visit www.salachalermkrung.com

Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre

The first boardway theatre in Thailand containing 1,502 seats is located on the 4th floor, Esplanade Shopping Centre, Ratchadapisek Road, Din Daeng. For more information go to www.rachadalai.com To get there, take subway  to Thailand Cultural Center Station and exit at Gate 3.

Krungsri IMAX Theatre

Located on the 5th Floor Siam Paragon. The 3D IMAX Theatre experience is teh world’s most powerful and involving film experience. With breathtaking images up to seven stories igh and wrap-around 12,000 watt digital sounds, IMAX technology takes you to places only imagine.

Contact : Tel. 0 2515 5555
Website : www.imaxthai.com

Aksra Theatre

Aksra Theatre is situated on 3rd floor of King Power Complex Building, Rangnam Road, Khet Ratchathewi.  Aksra Theatre is a medium size theatre with 600 seats It is embellished with the majestic decoration that draws its essence from Thai traditional art and interior. It provides a fully and advanced equipped stage that can host spectacular performances and events. Attached to Aksra Theatre are Scene Shop, a souvenir shop and Scene Bar, a bar with a panoramic terrace.

At the present, Aksra Theatre organises the various performances of Thai Puppets together with Thai Orchestra Band. Combined with stage technique and classical dance, the elaborated scenes that tell diverse stories taken from Ramakien epic.

THINGS TO KNOW:

Show time:
Tuesday- Friday: 19.00 hrs
Saturday-Sunday: 13.00, 19.00 hrs.
Closed on Monday
The admission fee is  800 baht/person

Tel: 02 677 8888 ext. 5678
Website: www.Aksratheatre.com

To get there: Taking  BTS Skytrain and  getting off at Victory Monument Station and then walking  to Rang Nam Road  within 10 mins or Taking Bus no. 73, 204 and getting off near by Rang Nam Road

Thai Boxing

Where can you watch Thai boxing in Bangkok? One of the national sports in Thailand is Muay Thai, or kickboxing as it is known to foreigners. There are two stadiums in Bangkok where you can watch the real thing: Lumpini Boxing Stadium and Rajadmanern Stadium.

Lumpini Boxing Stadium
On Rama IV Road near Lumpini Metro Station

Tuesday & Friday – 6.30-10.30 p.m.
Saturday – 2-6 p.m. & 6.30-10.30 p.m.

Rajadmanern Stadium
Next to the TAT office on Rajdamnoen Nok Avenue

Sun, Mon, Wed – 6-10.30 p.m.
Thursday 5-9 p.m.

Admission:

Ringside – 1,500 baht
2nd Class – 800 baht
3rd Class – 500 baht

Muay Thai originated as a self defence and developed to become a sport. It is well-known for its various types of forward and backward elbow strikes, Knee strikes, swing and reversing kicks, foot jabbing and all types of fist blows. A great deal of training and coaching is required to develop this skill.

In the old days, Thai traditional boxers “had their fists and the lower arms wrapped in strings and then soaked in a starchy liquid, granulated glassy material was sprinkled on to lend additional devastating effects. When dry and hard, the pair of dress fists becomes a deadly lethal weapon.” (Chaleo Manilerd 1980 : 23)

Thai boxers of today wear regular gloves and rattan headbands entering a ring with much ceremony – typical of Thai folk beliefs associated with martial sports. At every event of Thai boxing, there is a traditional musical band to provide traditional martial music for the fight. The band consists of Javanese pipe, a pair of two face drums and cymbals. Any tune can be played and varies with the phases of the fights. There is a tune for the ritual, for shadow boxing. During the fighting the piper can change the tune or the tempo to suit the action of the fighting.For physical protection, a Thai boxer wears boxing trunks with a protective cup sewn on inside to prevent injury from kicks and kneeing. As for spiritual protection, Thai boxers believe in all kinds of charms and talismans. That is the reason for wearing lustral thread around the head and rings of charms around the biceps. No woman is allowed to go into the canvas ring for fear that her influence should destroy the strength and skill of the boxers.

Thai boxers are graded from fly weight to heavy weight, but welter, middle and heavy weight fights are rare. As with other styles of boxing, a referee controls the fight inside the ring and there are two judges who keep score outside the ring. At the opening sound of music, the two boxers in the ring will perform a short ritual of “Wai Khru” (paying homage to the teachers) and this quite often proceeds to a staging of the Four-faced Brahman dance which symbolizes four virtues: compassion, temperance, prudence and justice. Upon the completion of the prefight rites, boxers return to their respective corners to have their ceremonial headband removed and receive the last prefight instruction from their trainers. At the signal from the ring referee to fight, both boxers go into action. They fight 3 minutes rounds alternated by 2 minutes rest periods.For foreign visitors, even if you are not interested in boxing and have never seen it before “you are almost certain to enjoy a Thai boxing match for the enthusiasm of the crowd is really infectious and to miss seeing one is rather like visiting the States and not going to a baseball match or omitting to see cricket match in England.”

Information from: “Thai Studies Through Games” Book 2 by Assist. Prof. Wadee Kheourai.

Watching a Movie

Cinemas in Bangkok show all the latest movies from Hollywood and around the world. Most movies are shown with the original soundtrack and Thai subtitles. Ticket prices vary depending on how much comfort you would like. Average seat prices are about 100-120 baht for standard seats. The most expensive are 500 baht for recliners and sofas. The latter have waitress service and they are so comfortable you should only use them for an enjoyable movie!

Both the Bangkok Post and The Nation have listings of new movies or you can ring the cinemas direct to find out showtimes and also to book tickets.

APEX (www.apexsiam-square.com) – 02 252 6498
Lido – opposite Siam Centre, Rama I Road (** CEN)
Scala, Siam Sqaure, Soi 1 (** CEN)
Siam, Siam Square Soi 5 (** CEN)

EGV (www.egv.com) – 02 812 9999
Central Pinklao, Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri Road
Fashion Island, Ram Indra Road
Future Park Bang Khae, Phetkasem Road
Future Park Rangsit, Phaholyothin Road
Grand EGV, Siam Discovery, Rama I Road (* CEN)
Lad Phrao, Big C, Lad Phrao Road
Metropolis, Big C, Rajdamri
Seacon Square, Srinakarin Road

IMAX-3D (www.imaxthai.com) – 02 511 5810
Major Cineplex Ratchayothin, Phaholyothin

MAJOR CINEPLEX (www.majorcineplex.com) – 02 515 5555 / 1113
Bangkapi, Lotus, Lad Phrao Road
Bangna, Central City, Bangna-Trad Road (*** E9)
Central World Plaza, Rajadamri Road (** E1)
Pinklao, Pinklao-Nakhon Chaisri Road
Rama 2, Central, Thonburi, Pak Thor Road
Rama 3, Central, Rama III Road
Ramkhamhang
Ratchayothin, Phaholyothin Road
Seri Centre, Srinakarin Road
Sukhumwit, Ekamai Sukhumwit, Soi 61 (** E7)

SF CINEMA (www.sfcinemacity.com)
Central Lad Phrao, Phaholyothin Road (02-937 2111) (** PHA) (*** N8)
Emporium, Sukhumwit 24 (02-260 9333) (* E5)
The Mall Bankae, Phetkasem Road (02-894 4000)
The Mall Bangkapi, Lat Phrao Road, (02-734 3777)
The Mall Ngamwongwan, Ngamwongwan Road (02-951 8777)
MBK Centre, Phayathai Road (02-611 6444) (* W1)

UMG RCA/HOUSE (www.houserama.com)
31/6-9 Royal City Avenue (02-641 5177-8)

* These cinemas have a Skybridge straight from the Sky Train platform into the shopping mall.
** These cinemas are a 5-10 minute walk from a Sky Train station or Metro station.
*** These cinemas have a free shuttle bus service from the Sky Train station.