The best way to capture the essence of Thai culture is with one of Koh Samui’s famed Thai dinner shows.
These exotic events are held at venues across Koh Samui. Here are some of the best options that combine an exceptional dining experience with entertainment that captures the heart of Thailand…
The Imperial Boat House Resort and Spa: A Taste of Thai Culture
The restaurant at The Imperial Boat House in Choeng Mon invites guests to experience the rich culinary and visual heritage of Thailand. Every Monday evening from 7pm the menu at Captain’s Choice offers a selection of authentic Thai cuisine and several themed buffet nights, but the after-dinner entertainment is the main attraction at this beach-side restaurant. What follows is a show of authentic Thai dancing as performed by professional dancers. This is a tasty and spectacular taste of Thai Culture!
Zazen Boutique Resort: Thai Dance Evenings
The Zazen Restaurant in Bophut is praised as a place of sophistication, romance and intimacy. It is bathed in the glow of hundreds of candles and serenaded by the gentle waves and smooth jazz music. The menu of authentic and exotic Thai cuisine is a food lover’s paradise and a true treat for the taste buds. Every Thursday and Sunday, trained dancers and musicians in dazzling costumes present an evening of traditional Thai dancing to complete your dining experience and demonstrate another spectacular aspect of Thai culture for the enjoyment of their guests.
Poppies: Thai Night
In a romantic tropical garden overlooking the sea, Poppies in Chaweng is pure paradise. Their extensive international and Thai menu is built on fresh ingredients and locally caught seafood. Guests can dine by the sea, under the stars or in the teak pavilion overlooking the pool. If the tempting menu and serene location was not enough, every Saturday at Poppies is Thai night. Professional dancers in elaborate costumes will perform the traditional dances of Thailand, all to the tune of traditional Thai music.
Siam Classic Bophut: Dinner and a Show
Siam Classic is a Thai dance and drama show in The Fisherman’s Village in Bophut. The entertainment consists of six dramatic dance forms; Khon, a formal masked dance-drama depicting scenes from the Ramakian and originally performed only for the royal court; Lakhon, which covers several types of dance-drama (usually for non royal occasions) as well as western theatre; Li-khe, a partly improvised, often bawdy folk play featuring dancing, comedy, melodrama and music; Manohra, the southern Thai equivalent of Li-khe, but based on a 2000 year old Indian story; Nang or shadow plays, limited to Southern Thailand and Lakhon or Hun Luang – puppet theatre. To have the full Thai experience, this show includes a five course dinner so everyone experiences the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of Thailand. This show includes a mini-bus pick up and drop off to any hotel in Koh Samui. The evening kicks off from 7:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The Thai Experience
The Thai Experience in Lamai will redefine the term ‘dinner party’. Guests are welcomed with a complimentary cocktail, then seated around a large communal dining table and provided with chef’s hats and Thai aprons. First on the menu is the selection of cocktails. Everyone is shown how to blend fruit juices, liqueurs and syrups to create Me Lychee Long Time, Electric Blue Gin Cocktail and Samui Sunrise Passion Fruit Cocktail. Once the bonding exercise has been completed and sampled, the chefs move on to the three course, fifteen dish meal. Dishes such as fresh crab wonton sandwiches, slow cooked pork leg stew and Thai Tea Tres Leche will enchant everyone and fill all the stomachs in attendance. Along the way, guests will learn how to mix and blend Thai condiments to create perfect dipping sauces and be given the opportunity to quiz the team on any aspects of Thai dining or culture that they have not yet experienced. This is experience is a great introduction to newcomers and a delightful way of making new friends.