Trip Start Nov 02, 2006
81Trip End Jun 21, 2007
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" Today we went to the Chiang Mai Simon Cabaret. The most famous Lady-Boy Cabaret In all of Thailand. The show started around 9:30PM. Before the show Jess and I decided to go back to the same place we had went to for Breakfast that morning. The restaurant is called The Blue Diamond. It's a cute little spot that serves the best/ healthiest food we've come by since we left the land of Organic food, Volvos, and Berkinstocks. Chiang Mai is very similar to Portland in many ways actually. The Blue Diamond had Everything from Organic Home-Made flax seed bread to huge western-style salads, Amazing Thai dishes, fresh-squeezed 100% passion fruit juice, Over 30 kinds of Home-made soy Ice cream and much much more. After a wonderful feast we hopped on our Motorbike and headed for the Cabaret.
We got there around 8:45, just early enough to see the last show get out. It was a bit shocking, from afar one would think, "wow, look at all those beautiful show girls!" It's not until you get to within about 20 feet that you realize wait a second those are beautiful show boys, and then you get close enough to see the make up lines and they seem to transform from beautiful show boys to just show boys. There are exceptions however. There was one that Jessica and I still aren't convinced was a boy, and I guess that's the point of all the surgery. There are also ones that no matter what they do they'll always look like dudes.
Here's where I will pick up... the seating was really ghetto when you consider how expensive the show is, but when in Thailand... right? The lights dimmed and the music started play. Next came the strobe lights pulsing to the beat. Finally the "girls" appeared and began to sing and dance. Let me tell you... it was just wrong :) The lead in each production had definitely gone so far as to have surgery.
The show continued but my camera batteries were getting low. As the dancers ran off the jungle set, Mike volunteered to go grab some more for the finale. I agreed (in fact, I thought I owed him one after what had happened) and he quickly left the auditorium. The finale came and went without his return, and I left the auditorium to look for him. Right as I walked out of the doors I saw him running up, red faced and out of breath. He had run all the way to a Seven 11 and ran up to the counter asking for batteries. The clerk looked at him for a second and then handed him a box of condoms. Mike pushing them away looking very confused and made a motion like taking a picture, repeating the word "batteries". The clerk smiled, grabbed a disposable camera and pushed it (along with the condoms) back in Mike's direction. By now he had quite an audience and in a quite exasperated tone he said "NO! Batteries!" Finally the clerk understood and pointed at the battery display just inches from Mike's head. As he was running back to the cabaret he realized that he still had the lip prints on his cheek. The clerk had misinterpreted the entire situation by thinking that Mike had just decided to hire someone for the night!
All I can say is after all of that I owe my boyfriend big!
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