The Alangkarn Show in Pattaya eastern Thailand is a unique cultural experience which recounts the history of Thailand through the art of story telling and Thai dance. Conducted by the Alangkarn Theater troupe, these Thai performers dazzle audiences in a 2 hour stage production which presents Thailand's rich history including their exotic culture and customs; all in a state of the art purpose built theater which also includes a small outdoor market.
The performers use dance, music, aerial acrobatics along with advanced lighting and parading elephants to create a grand performance which the company labels 'The Extravaganza Show' of Asia.
While the performing arts are well represented in Pattaya including such acts as the Tiffany Show and the Alcazar Cabaret Show, the performance by the Alangkarn Theatre troupe is in my view quite special.
The artists follow some wonderfully choreographed dance routines (see image above) while wearing both elaborate and colorful traditional costumes. When combined with large scale realistic sets and trained elephants, the end result can best be described as pure entertainment.
This is all conducted under the watchful eye of Mr Supawat Jongsiri who is the director of the show and responsible for the quality of the production.
The three acts that the performers take the audience through include:
1. Belief (the track of Thai civilization),
2. Fascinating Thai Arts and Culture (the beautiful four regions and the royal mask drama), and,
3. The Rising Kingdom of Thailand (Sukhothai Kingdom, Ayutthaya Kingdom and Rattanakosin Kingdom).
This is truly a performance that will captivate the entire family and provides an alternative to the usual Pattaya nightlife of girly bars and restaurants. This spectacular theater complex is located on a reported, 32 acre site which has seating for 2,000 guests and includes a massive 70 metre stage, and a 11x15 metre movie screen.
This stage also includes some of the latest technology such as digital surround sound, advanced lighting and special effects (including pyrotechnics and a multicolored laser light show) along with trained circus animals to really impress the audience.
The Alangkarn Theater complex also boasts a 1,000 seat auditorium and restaurant which includes a souvenir shop so you can purchase a memento of your evening.
Admission to the show is 1,100 Thai baht per person however for an additional 250 Thai baht you can combine a buffet dinner at their 1,000 seat restaurant which serves both Thai and international cuisine.
Like other stage shows in Thailand you can have your photograph taken with several of the cast members after the show for an additional 50 Thai baht.
The Alangkarn Show is performed within the Alangkarn Theater which is located about 20 kilometres south of Pattaya city along Sukhumvit Road Na-Jomtien, Sattahip Chonburi province Thailand.
Shows commence at 7 PM daily except for Wednesdays. The best way to travel there is by taking a taxi from Pattaya town.
The best way to travel to Pattaya is by taking an air-conditioned bus from the Bangkok Ekkamai Bus Terminal (or Suvarnabhumi International Airport) as there is no airport located in Pattaya (the nearest is the U-Tapao International Airport which is located in the town of Sattahip which is 45 minutes away).