If you are looking for a tasteful cultural show about Thailand, in Thailand, Siam Niramit Phuket is one of the extravaganzas you need to consider. Set on a main lakeside spot, the show is located at the outskirts of Phuket Town off the bypass. This show has been adding to the variety and vibrancy of the entertainment in Phuket as it recounts tales of 700 years of Thailand history.
There is a recreation of traditional Thai villages from the main areas of Thailand. These houses are wooden. They display the food and art of the province that they represent. These villages have the perfect background for taking pictures and you will find boys and girls welcoming visitors in each home to enjoy the local cuisines as well as get a feel of house is all about as well as the people living in it.
Things to know about Siam Niramit Show Phuket
One great thing about the place is that it is suitable for an audience of all ages. And guess what, it is also wheelchair-friendly.
The show begins at 8.30 p.m. It is open weekly from Wednesday through to Monday. There is no show on Tuesday.
Cameras are not allowed at the theater. So, after having your photo sessions before the show begins, all visitors are expected to deposit their cameras at a designated counter at the theater gate before going in. Please note that cameras are allowed in the other areas of the grounds – just not the theater.
The Siam Niramit Phuket theatre is vast with red velvet seats like those in the movies.
A great deal of investing (2.5 billion baht) went into setting up this place – from purchasing the land up until the special effects and staffing (out of the 400 employees, 96% are locals)
In Dec 2011, the preopening shows were entirely booked and its vast stage made it to the Guinness World Records as being the highest.
Why Siam Niramit Show Phuket is worth watching
The narrative is normally simple and clear enough for visitors to understand the scenes. The stage is enormous with the perfect dance routine involving more than a hundred people.
Besides the spotless choreography, one of the things you will love about the show is the outstanding sound system that gives you a glimpse into the wonderful world of centuries of Thai legends and Myths. You will definitely find the songs, dance and the traditional martial arts routines truly impressive.
The thing that makes the show impressive is that it is put together by a team of professionals and the show has been entertaining people since 2012, delivering a fantastic 70-minute performance of Thai arts and culture from a historical perspective.
Here are some of the highlights of Siam Niramit Show Phuket:
- All performances begin with long narration in partial darkness as it eases you into the majestic beating of the drums and magnificent sound system. The décor is amazing and the lighting gives the acts depth.
- The show has 3 acts that run without intervals. All these different acts are equally entertaining. The first act takes the audience on a ‘journey through history’ – narrates how the regions of Thailand came together into one nation.
- The second one is about ‘three mythical worlds. This is the act that international tourists need to pay attention to because it narrates and conveys how the Thai people perceive the divine concepts of heaven and hell. Heaven is depicted as this beautiful place with angels and divas practically flying around. Hell is the complete opposite – you can imagine how scary they depict it. Alcoholics are forced to drink from a large metal pot of boiling water while fornicators are forced to climb very thorny trees. This is the act that makes Siam Niramit Phuket show worth feasting your eyes on.
- The last act is about the ‘festivals of Thailand’.
All the acts are seamlessly executed. It’s unfortunate that they have a very strict ‘no photos at the theater’ policy.
Things to do before the show
The show starts at night, 8.30 p.m., there is a lot of surrounding attractions and amenities to enjoy before the show. So instead of just going to Siam Niramit for the show only you can make this an all-day affair. In case you can get there early, you can walk around and admire the traditional Thai-style houses and take photos.
Remember I mentioned that the place is also kid-friendly right? Well, you and children can keep yourselves busy by playing carnival-style games at the funfair before the show begins and if you are lucky you might win a stuffed animal.
There is also a floating market, open-air performances as well as shops to explore while you wait for dinner. These shops sell souvenirs as well as comfortable, well designed Thai silk clothing and accessories.
Dinner is available between 6pm to 8. 15pm. They have a wide variety of buffet dinner. If you have never experienced the Thai cuisine, this can be a great time to try a mix of different things. You can enjoy the view of the lake and the landscape on the restaurant’s 3rd floor. Here you also get the perfect view of the open-air performances while you enjoy your buffet dinner from the balcony.
They also have parades of warriors in costumes as well as a few elephants.
Siam Niramit Phuket is a place and a show worth saving a night for, especially if you have never experienced it and are new in Thailand. It was one of the perfect breaths of fresh air from the usual beach clubs and Patong parties. So, if you are planning to stay in Phuket for long, you need to consider at least popping in for a show. Plus, if you are a real party animal, since the show starts at 8.30 pm. You can always join the life of the party afterwards. Even if pictures are not allowed at the theaters, you still do not want to miss this unique and memorable part of Thailand’s rich legend and mythology.