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An exclusive performance of an ancient art form

In a city advancing rapidly into the 21st century, what’s left in Bangkok that speaks of traditional Thai culture? While you’ll hear all the latest dance music in the city, where can you find the elegant and mysterious entertainments of the past? Roadbook knows where, and we have the right guide to take you through the back doors to encounter living arts that most would’ve guessed disappeared. Consummate insider Joe Cummings is an award-winning journalist who’s also a musician, actor, influencer, connector, and linguist. Since writing the first-ever Lonely Planet Thailand guidebook, he’s been fully immersed in the rhythms of life here, and with him you’ll be initiated into the semi-secret circle of ancient Thai dance-drama: Lahkon Chatree.

  Bangkok

  2.5 Hours

  Performance

 Offered in English

  Transportation

Starting

11,500 THB

HK$3,706HK$19,935

Per Person

What to expect

Meet Joe in an off-the-beaten path Buddhist temple in one of the few Bangkok neighborhoods that still maintains a sense of history and local character. Joe will take you to meet Bangkok’s last living master of Lakhon Chatree, which originated in the south and is the oldest living form of Thai dance-drama. Take a seat in the rustic wooden theater as the dance troupe, in powdered faces and sequin-studded costumes, delivers a private performance that veers between complex dance and slapstick comedy, accompanied by a live music ensemble playing ancient Thai drums, gongs and oboes. You’ll be one of the few who can say they’ve witnessed this unique piece of Siamese heritage. After the performance Joe will lead you through narrow lanes through a traditional market in continuous operation since the mid-19th century, and filled with street merchants purveying traditional Thai sweets made with rice flour, coconut, palm sugar, and fruits—delicacies that were popular among the Bangkok wealthy in the early 20th century and are rarely found elsewhere in the city.

About Your Host

In their review of the first-ever Lonely Planet Thailand, written by Joe Cummings, the American Geographical Society called it “one of those rare travel guides written with such care and insight it deserves listing as literature.” Joe has also written guidebooks on specific regions of the country, and Laos, as well as reference books including World Food Thailand, Sacred Tattoos of Thailand, and Burmese Style. Joe was deputy editor of Bangkok Post The Magazine, and has contributed features on travel, food, art, music and lifestyle to magazines and newspapers around the world. Joe lives in Bangkok, where he moonlights as a guitarist in Rolling Stones tribute band Midnight Ramblers. In his spare time, Joe leads A-list clients such as Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler around Southeast Asia, and scouts locations for TV and film productions.

What to expect

Meet Joe in an off-the-beaten path Buddhist temple in one of the few Bangkok neighborhoods that still maintains a sense of history and local character. Joe will take you to meet Bangkok’s last living master of Lakhon Chatree, which originated in the south and is the oldest living form of Thai dance-drama. Take a seat in the rustic wooden theater as the dance troupe, in powdered faces and sequin-studded costumes, delivers a private performance that veers between complex dance and slapstick comedy, accompanied by a live music ensemble playing ancient Thai drums, gongs and oboes. You’ll be one of the few who can say they’ve witnessed this unique piece of Siamese heritage. After the performance Joe will lead you through narrow lanes through a traditional market in continuous operation since the mid-19th century, and filled with street merchants purveying traditional Thai sweets made with rice flour, coconut, palm sugar, and fruits—delicacies that were popular among the Bangkok wealthy in the early 20th century and are rarely found elsewhere in the city.

About Your Host

In their review of the first-ever Lonely Planet Thailand, written by Joe Cummings, the American Geographical Society called it “one of those rare travel guides written with such care and insight it deserves listing as literature.” Joe has also written guidebooks on specific regions of the country, and Laos, as well as reference books including World Food Thailand, Sacred Tattoos of Thailand, and Burmese Style. Joe was deputy editor of Bangkok Post The Magazine, and has contributed features on travel, food, art, music and lifestyle to magazines and newspapers around the world. Joe lives in Bangkok, where he moonlights as a guitarist in Rolling Stones tribute band Midnight Ramblers. In his spare time, Joe leads A-list clients such as Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler around Southeast Asia, and scouts locations for TV and film productions.

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An exclusive performance of an ancient art form

In a city advancing rapidly into the 21st century, what’s left in Bangkok that speaks of traditional Thai culture? While you’ll hear all the latest dance music in the city, where can you find the elegant and mysterious entertainments of the past? Roadbook knows where, and we have the right guide to take you through the back doors to encounter living arts that most would’ve guessed disappeared. Consummate insider Joe Cummings is an award-winning journalist who’s also a musician, actor, influencer, connector, and linguist. Since writing the first-ever Lonely Planet Thailand guidebook, he’s been fully immersed in the rhythms of life here, and with him you’ll be initiated into the semi-secret circle of ancient Thai dance-drama: Lahkon Chatree.

  Bangkok

  2.5 Hours

  Performance

 Offered in English

  Transportation

Starting
Per Person

What to expect

Meet Joe in an off-the-beaten path Buddhist temple in one of the few Bangkok neighborhoods that still maintains a sense of history and local character. Joe will take you to meet Bangkok’s last living master of Lakhon Chatree, which originated in the south and is the oldest living form of Thai dance-drama. Take a seat in the rustic wooden theater as the dance troupe, in powdered faces and sequin-studded costumes, delivers a private performance that veers between complex dance and slapstick comedy, accompanied by a live music ensemble playing ancient Thai drums, gongs and oboes. You’ll be one of the few who can say they’ve witnessed this unique piece of Siamese heritage. After the performance Joe will lead you through narrow lanes through a traditional market in continuous operation since the mid-19th century, and filled with street merchants purveying traditional Thai sweets made with rice flour, coconut, palm sugar, and fruits—delicacies that were popular among the Bangkok wealthy in the early 20th century and are rarely found elsewhere in the city.

About Your Host

In their review of the first-ever Lonely Planet Thailand, written by Joe Cummings, the American Geographical Society called it “one of those rare travel guides written with such care and insight it deserves listing as literature.” Joe has also written guidebooks on specific regions of the country, and Laos, as well as reference books including World Food Thailand, Sacred Tattoos of Thailand, and Burmese Style. Joe was deputy editor of Bangkok Post The Magazine, and has contributed features on travel, food, art, music and lifestyle to magazines and newspapers around the world. Joe lives in Bangkok, where he moonlights as a guitarist in Rolling Stones tribute band Midnight Ramblers. In his spare time, Joe leads A-list clients such as Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler around Southeast Asia, and scouts locations for TV and film productions.