Although a visit here is very much dependent on whether this is your cup of tea or not, places like Alcazar Cabaret have become tourist attractions in their own right. At Alcazar it’s a straight forward theme – men dressed as women, or as they are known in the trade, ‘female impersonation artists’. Impersonate them well they do – only careful attention to fine details such as Adam’s Apples expose these artists as being male. Known in Thai as ‘Katoeys’, the performers are almost invariably transsexuals who have had ‘gender reassignment’.
The entertainment provided includes full cabaret performances featuring countless performers wearing some of the most extravagant evening wear you are ever likely to see. And this is no low-key event either. The hall housing Alcazar Cabaret Show seats 1,200 people and employs state-of-the-art light and sound technology.
In addition, there are a number of restaurants and cafes to enjoy before and after the shows. To push the envelope further, Alcazar Theatre proudly presents an annual "Greatest Lady-man Pageant in the World" – a full fledged beauty contest for transsexuals.
Whatever your thoughts on this type of entertainment, a visit to Alcazar will be an unforgettable experience!
Details: Alcazar Theatre Pattaya, Thailand has shows daily at 06:30 p.m., 08:00 p.m. and 09:30 p.m.
Tel: 66 3841 0224-7
How to get there: As with elsewhere, the Songtaews circling Pattaya are by far the most convenient way to get to Alcazar Theatre.