The show had a lot of acts and each act required a change of set. Having studied drama in high school I was more than amazed by the way they managed the stage and time. The precision was such that not even a single second was wasted. It was surprising to see that most of the audience comprised of Indians and thus gave rise to the feeling that we were watching continuous live performances at an award ceremony. The whole package - costumes, stage design and lighting was really very grand. The best part about the whole thing was that the performances weren't limited to Thai culture - off the top of my head, I remember a Japanese performance, a Jazz show, a performance where the statues came alive, a really awesome performance in which a guy played a girl and a guy at the same time, a dance performance in the court of a King, Gangnam Style (yeah - that one brought a lot of life in the audience) and yeah, my favourite, Aaja Nachle.
We just sat there, completely enthralled, wishing that the show never ended. The finale was the grandest of all - all the main characters of all the acts came to take a bow and bid us bye. After the performances ended, the dancers came outside and one had opportunity to click photos with them. I had a really wonderful time at the show. It was a pity that the dinner that followed at the Annapurna restaurant was not half as grand. We retired to our rooms, to recharge ourselves for the ton of adventure planned for the next day.
Here are a few tips regarding the Pattaya experience:
- Thailand is more of a singles-place. If you are travelling with family it will be preferable to stay in a 4 star hotel, if the budget is not an issue
- Centara Pattaya is a good hotel. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the staff is very efficient.
- Alcazar Show and the Tiffany's Show are the two main transvestite cabaret shows in Pattaya. While I haven't been to the latter, the Alcazar experience was very good.
- Finding good Indian restaurants may be an issue. It would be preferable to carry your own food. If you want to eat outside, it would be advisable to consult travel websites to get a better idea.
This post was originally published on A Roller Coaster Called Life.