What is Phuket Simon Cabaret?
Phuket Simon Cabaret has been successful for more than two decades. There is no need to tell you what makes Phuket Simon Cabaret so famous. It’s not the stage design or the feathers or glittering costumes, it’s not the performance, which by the way is pretty good. No, it is all about the ladyboys phenomenon, and Phuket Simon Cabaret certainly can afford the prettiest ones. So yes, you should add it to your list of things to do while in Phuket. It’s worth it.
Located just outside Patong Beach on the way to Karon, Phuket Simon Cabaret vast amphitheatre can accommodate a large number of spectators. Seating is comfortable, like in a movie theatre, but free drinks provided with the entry price are often stale.
The theater and its stage are impressive. When Simon Cabaret was built, Patong was still a small village, and this immense ladyboy show felt like a shiny pimple. The show starts a bit too grand, the way they like it over here, but once the first performer enters the stage with these flamboyant costumes, you soon forget the kitsch narrative voice.
Not all dancers at Phuket Simon Cabaret are Ladyboys. They still need men for the couple choreography, but the guys don’t get much attention from visitors. Ladyboys steal the whole show. They do have all the features of women, tall, slim, pretty, great body proportions. Add an elaborated makeup and a good deal of well-practised facial expressions, and you would fall for it.
The show is divided into cycles: two large performances make use of the entire stage, followed by a small act in front of the curtain, allowing the crew to change the set in the background. All the singing is of course lip-synced.
If you get a seat at the middle of the first row, you might think you are the lucky one, but wait until the big fat transvestite doing the funny part of the show starts rubbing your face between her fake boobs, probably rewarding you with a big red-lipsticked kiss on the forehead.
Phuket Simon Cabaret is a fun show; most people try to spot any masculinity signs on the dancers or guess if they would be fooled if they were to meet one of them in the street. (if you are worried about this, read ‘10 Ways to Spot a Ladyboy“).
Once the show ends, the sexy ‘girls’ will wait at the entrance of the building with a big smile on their faces. As photos are not allowed in the thetre, this will be an opportunity to get a photo of them, or with them. It’s also their chance to get some extra cash from you. In any case, a tip will be required, expect to be asked for a 100 baht.
Tips about Simon Cabaret:
You won’t be allowed to take photos inside the cabaret. It’s not allowed to steal mine from this blog either 🙂
If you don’t feel like going to a Vegas Style Ladyboy show, you can go to My Way in Paradise Complex in Patong Beach and enjoy a more modest show that won’t cost you more than a drink.
Simon Cabaret Photos
Simon Cabaret Prices
Location: 8 Sirirat Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150
Open: 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Phone: 076 342 011
Price: 800 baht for a VIP seat and 700 for a regular seat