I think when we are talking about Thailand’s culture, the ladyboys will be something that we can not miss. There are few transvestite cabaret shows both in Bangkok and Pattaya that you could pick from if you like. Mambo, Calypso, and Playhouse in Bangkok. In Pattaya, there’s Tiffany, Colosseum, and Alcazar. Then Phuket has the Simon Cabaret.
These type of shows are mostly geared up for the tourists. Even though it could be too touristy in a sense, I still found it quite interesting to watch. The show run for a little more than an hour. A welcome drink is already included in your ticket. They could also arrange for a pick up with an extra cost. After the show, the ladyboys will usually line up and you could go and have a picture taken with them. It is free, but a tip is very much welcome 😉
I recommend to book your ticket online. Go show could be risky considering they usually will have a full house.
I went to Alcazar years ago in Pattaya and recently I watched the Calypso cabaret that located at Asiatique in Bangkok. They said that this is the new Calypso, and the veterans said that the old one was better. I could not vouch for the other cabaret shows, but between these two performances, I found the Alcazar cabaret to be more interesting. I enjoyed watching their whole performance and one hour fly quickly. While in Calypso, I feel that the show was rather stretched. Few friends even said that they felt the show was too long! It was only an hour, which runs as long as Alcazar. Well, time is a relative thing, isn’t it?