Flavourful Dance: Not-To-Miss Thailand Dinner Shows

27 May 2015

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With the fusing of colour, flavour and dance, the exotic culture of Thailand comes alive. In a country as rich and vibrant as Thailand, finding all three of these elements in one place is not a hard task, but when looking to unearth the story of the ancient Thai civilisation, one of the best places to start is at a Thai dinner and cultural show.

Nothing highlights Thailand better than its delicious cuisine. Combine that with a colourful, performance filled evening with lights, dance and music, and in just one go, you'll be transported to a vivid, even spicy and mysterious world of history, culture and tradition.

The first of two renowned dinner and show events can be found in the bustling capital city of Bangkok. The centre of Thai history and culture, Bangkok offers a mesmerising mix of modern, big city flamboyance with traditional grace. The second show can be found in historic Chiang Mai. Its Old City retains century's old temples and structures and remains one of the great religious centres of Thailand.

Traditional Khantoke Dinner | Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa
Situated on the banks of the tranquil Mae Ping River, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa combines contemporary style with decorative Thai elements. This upscale resort features everything guests look for in a resort, from private balconies, plush daybeds and chic pool area to river cruises, cultural and nature tours and 5-star dining. Just minutes from the Old Town district and Night Bazaar, Anantara is perfectly placed for an immersive Chiang Mai holiday.

Another cultural activity on offer when staying at this sleek retreat is the Traditional Khantoke Dinner. For centuries, Thai's have used the Khantoke dinner as a form of celebration. Low, round tables filled with a collection of savoury Thai dishes served in small bamboo baskets provides an atmosphere of togetherness and harmony.

Guests are seated on embellished cushions as they partake in the party like atmosphere.  Soon, the orchestra begins to play as beautifully costumed dancers begin their graceful performance. The enlightening dinner goes for approximately two hours and introduces guests to northern Thailand's cuisine and culture. From spicy red chilli sauce and minced pork dip to curries and stir-fried cabbage, the delicious spread is laid out for guests to devour.

The dinner includes pick-up and drop off from Anantara Chiang Mai.

Thai Dinner & Classical Dance | Pathumwan Princess Hotel Bangkok 
Located in the heart of Bangkok, Pathumwan Princess Hotel is one of the city's top 5-star hotels. Conveniently located across from Siam Square and near some of Bangkok's best shopping, entertainment venues, temples and historic sites, the hotel is the perfect place to spend a glitzy weekend out on the town or a romantic getaway spent in secluded luxury. The urban sanctuary treats guests to stylish rooms, restful spas, swimming pools and tennis courts and top notch restaurants and bars.

One of the highlights of this hotel package is the Thai dinner and classical dance performance at the nearby Silom Village Restaurant. The intimate dinner and theatre venue comfortably seats guests on tables with a direct view of the stage where a six act performance plays out before your eyes. Dancers in beautiful costumes interpret Thailand's history and literature through elegantly choreographed dance.

While not a 5-star dinner, the casual meal features traditional Thai favourites from spicy beef and noodles to prawn rolls, satay, and a host of other meat and seafood dishes, all prepared in the traditional Thai method. The dinner and show is geared towards visiting tourists, however it does provide a welcoming glimpse into the flavours of Thailand and its many rich traditions.

Todd Sturm

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia. No matter where my travels take me, I enjoy experiencing each destination from the perspective of the locals. Some of my favourite attractions include historic sites, national parks and architectural landmarks.