One of the best ways to know more about the country you are visiting is to learn about its culture and heritage. Even best take part in some festivals and customs. Thailand is a top tourist destination known for the scenic landscapes, pristine beaches, gorgeous islands, delicious cuisine, party scene, and a rich history and culture.
On our recent visit to Phuket, Thailand we got an opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage and history of Thailand through a spectacular show called Siam Niramit. The popular beaches and islands of Thailand were on top of our list but after reading so many wonderful reviews of the Siam Niramit show we could not miss it on our visit.
What is Siam Niramit
Siam Niramit is a spectacular performance illustrating the amazing history of Thailand, its culture, and heritage through captivating performances. The magnificent stage is the focal point with huge props in form of mountains, traditional houses, palaces which would be changed quickly within seconds ready for the next act which was astounding.
A Beautiful Painting outside the Theatre
The acts were carried out by over 100 performers and dancers wearing colorful and elaborate costumes, ornate jewelry and accessories amidst special effects which was fascinating.
How to Get to Siam Niramit
Siam Niramit is located off the By-Pass road north of Phuket Old Town and is less than 20 minutes drive from the Phuket Old Town. Best way to reach Siam Niramit would be to rent a scooter which would also be convenient to get back to your hotel after the show. You can also arrange for drop and pick up from your hotel. Siam Niramit Phuket also offers round trip transfer for 300 Baht pp (2018).
Siam Niramit Tickets and Seating Plan
There are 3 different kinds of tickets – Silver, Gold, and Platinum with different pricing. We had booked silver tickets after reading a lot of reviews that the stage is huge and it really does not matter where you sit. You can book your tickets here. There is also an option for buffet dinner which you can opt for when you book the show tickets.
The main building has souvenir shops selling handicrafts and antique items on either side of the entrance. If you have opted for a buffet dinner the restaurants are located on the second and third floor of the main building. As soon as you exit the main building and enter the premises on the back side of the building you will be greeted with a large Naga (mythological snake) sculpture, Thai believe Naga symbolizes wealth and good fortune.
The lobby is dotted with numerous sculptures depicting yoga posture.
Traditional Thai Village
The premises of the Siam Niramit also has a small traditional Thai village which can be visited before the show starts from 5.30 PM to 8.15 PM. The village has different sections where visitors can experience Thai traditions and customs. The traditional Thai houses from different regions of Thailand walk you through the respective Thai lifestyle with information on how the regional people adapt to the diverse climate and terrains.
You can see floating markets, learn about traditional puppet-making, Batik painting and garland making, silk weaving, you can watch Thai boxing, Traditional Thai dance, Elephant Show, Elephant war parade and much more. Fun activities for families include games where you can win prizes, taste food from different regions of Thailand, feed elephants, buffaloes, and fish and take a boat ride around the village.
You can wear Thai costumes and take pictures which will make for great photo souvenirs. You can also take pictures with characters from the show. Visitors can buy authentic handicrafts and branded goods at the souvenir shops of the Thai Village.
Do make note that these performances are timed so make sure you are present at the respective venue during the time of the performance.
There is also a magnificent Naga light and fountain show in the theatre premises. Though the fountain is illuminated all the time, there is a spectacular light and sound show accompanied by traditional music at 7.50 PM which is something not to miss too.
It is recommended that you arrive early if interested to explore the traditional Thai Village. The village is open from 5.30 PM and the show starts only at 8:30 PM so you have enough time to walk around and explore.
Siam Niramit Show
The first act walks you back in time to the ‘Enchanted Kingdom of Siam’. The act starts after a short introduction of the Siam Kingdom followed by the beating of drums. The Queen seated in a palanquin and the King on an elephant enters the stage with a grand procession to worship the relics of Lord Buddha. Visitors are taken through the ancient civilization of the Siam Kingdom where you can learn about the history, customs, and glorious cultural heritage.
The act also includes an interesting display of Swordsmanship by royal guards, a harmonious blend of Thai Buddhist and Muslim cultures and the arrival of Chinese merchants from across the seas to barter goods.
The act also shows villagers of ancient Khmer Civilization celebrating the religious festival in front of a sacred temple.
The act showcasing the mighty capital of Ayutthaya was the most exciting. The act shows the simple life of the peasants cultivating rice and suddenly it starts raining forming a river which took us by surprise as it was completely unexpected in a stage show. Surprisingly the front part of the stage is filled with water and you will see people sailing on boats, selling flowers, fruits, and vegetables to the villagers. The act concludes with the grandeur life of the royal family and arrival of the western ambassadors to discuss the foreign affairs.
The next act ‘Journey Beyond Imagination’ walks visitors through the three worlds – Hell, the forest of Himapaan and Heaven that awaits everyone in the life after death.
The first scene showcases the fiery hell where Phrayom, the King of Hell overlooks as the spirits are forced into boiling water and thorny bushes. The punishments are as per the severity of their sins.
The forest of Himapaan which is known as the boundary between the Human world and the heavens was enchanting as we could see numerous mythical creatures flying through the sky like ziplining. The Kinaree which are half bird-half human creatures were fascinating. The creatures even flew above the audience and sprinkled colorful glittering papers which was stunning to behold.
The last part was a stellar performance which showcased the Blissful heaven was mesmerizing. The performers in elaborate colorful costumes looked otherworldly. The angels performing an aerial dance in lavish costumes with Lord Indra seated at the center.
The final part of the show was about the joyous festivals which the Thais celebrate throughout the year. The Thai believe for one to go to heaven they should perform these festivals and take part in joyful celebrations. The act depicted the Loy Krathong festival which is a Siamese festival celebrated annually throughout the Kingdom of Thailand.
During the festival, the couples or the family members decorate baskets and then float them on the river. Few people from the audience were invited to participate in the act and float the baskets.
The beautiful performances enacted by over 100 performers with a traditional background music will transport you into a completely different world. The show also has surprise elements where real elephants and goats walk the stage and sometimes the dancers and elephants perform amidst the audience. At one point in the show, a group of performers played the angklung musical instrument and one lady from the audience was invited to participate. It was a fun performance and the notes created by the instrument was amazing.
Few Things to Know about Siam Niramit
No Pictures Allowed inside the Theatre!
Taking pictures or videos during the show of Siam Niramit is forbidden. The visitors need to deposit their cameras before entering the theatre. You can carry mobile phones though. We were a bit disappointed as we could not capture the enchanting snapshots of the show.
But once the show was over the performers/dancers stood all along the route up to the exit and offered to pose with the audience. We had plenty of photo opportunities which was an amazing idea.
Siam Niramit Show Duration is 75 minutes (8.30 PM to 9.45 PM). The Siam Niramit show is open every evening except Tuesday.
Siam vs Fantasea
There is another popular show much older than Siam Niramit in Phuket called Phuket Fantasea opened since 1998. We have been only to Siam Niramit but as per the information and reviews we read there are a few differences between the two shows like the pre-show events and attractions are more in Siam Niramit and the show in Phuket Fantasea is more kid oriented with lots of animals performing in the show.
Siam Niramit Bangkok
Siam Niramit Show is also performed in Bangkok on a similar gigantic stage and with over 100 performers wearing lavish and elaborate costumes. So if you could not make to it in Phuket do not miss it in Bangkok.
Siam Niramit Buffet dinner offers a delicious range of Thai and International dishes including vegetarian dishes. You can choose Buffet option when you are booking the tickets.
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