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The Sea Galleri by Katathani – Photos and Hotel Review

One of the best part about my Thailand trips is an opportunity to explore some of the best hotels in southeast Asia at a relatively affordable price. What makes Thailand very special in this respect is the overall experience, that not only includes clean hygienic and state of the art rooms and amenities, but also the hospitality that the Thai tourism industry offers. Thai hospitality is one of the best in my experience. My stay at The Sea Galleri by Katathani in Phuket reinforces my notion of the unmatched Thai experience even further. In this blog post, I will share my experience of staying at this wonderful hotel in the vicinity of Kata Beach.

Location

The Sea Galleri by Katathani 216/9 Koktanod Road [Kata-Saiyuan], Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand. Tel : +66(0) 76 680 900 to 26 Tel : +66(0) 76 318 350 (Reservation)

Booking The Sea Galleri by Katathani

I made the booking on Agoda, which is my preferred travel app for booking international hotels. If you are an Indian, you can also check out apps like MakeMyTrip. You can also  directly book with the hotel website. You need to do a bit of research and comparisons to figure out the best deal. Booking few weeks in advance is a good idea because you might get some attractive discount. The room that I booked was sea facing and it cost me around 4000 baht, which roughly translate to approximately10000 rupees at the time of writing this post.

The image below contains affiliate link from Agoda.

The Reception

Reception Area the sea galleri
Reception Area – the sea galleri

The people at the reception were cheerful and positive. The moment I got down from my taxi at the entrance of the resort, a wonderful Thai lad offered to escort me to the reception. The check in process was swift. The process was online, and within minutes, I was on my way to the room. The boy who escorted me to the room was very cheerful. Despite language barriers, we communicated well and he gave me some great tips for moving around. (The sea gallery has a labyrinth of rooms across multiple floors and its easy to lose way). He also advised me on how to get to the beach through a private access only available to the guest staying in the hotel.

My room at The Sea Galleri

The room was simply spectacular. It is difficult to capture the entire experience in words, and I will let the photographs do the talking.

Check out more about rooms on the official website of The Sea Galleri.

Food and Room Service at The Sea Galleri

The resort has an in house restaurant, which serves excellent food. I tried the room service, and I must say that it was very impressive. The chicken and seafood fried rice are very delicious and you should definitely try it. I also tried a Thai cocktail called  ‘Mai Tai’ at my friends recommendation, an it became one of my favorite drinks – so favorite that I regularly order it now whenever I visit Thailand.

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Privacy

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Despite the bed being sea facing with a glass facade, you get ample privacy. There is an outdoor bath tub in the balcony, which is quietly hidden in the corner and yet located in the perfect spot to offer an exciting view of the landscapes while you soak in the warm water. However, while you may be perfectly hidden while in the outdoor bath tub, it is not a great idea to move around fully naked in the balcony. My friend convince me that it is quite safe from a privacy perspective to enjoy intimate moments on the bed with the curtains slided at night, in the backdrop of the dark hills. So jump right in. I definitely recommend this room if you are couple, honeymooner, or just friends on a casual night adventure. The place is also great for solo travelers you are looking for some peace and quite.

Tipping

Unlike some places in the world, where the staff will give awkward looks in anticipation of a tip, and sometimes even directly demand money directly, Thailand is a whole different story. The people in hospitality industry here know how to make the travelers comfortable and they seldom demand tip, at least in my multiple experience of visiting Thailand. However, if you are greatly impressed by staff’s service or simply by they behavior, it’s a good idea to give them tips. This reinforces their positive attitude even more, and helps you express your gratefulness, especially when there is a language barrier.

Note

Keep the glass window always closed, because not only this will disturb the functioning of air conditioning, it can also cause flying critters to enter your room.

I checked in as a single traveler, and had a Thai friend join me as guest. I did not pay any extra joiners fee, however the friend had to fill a form and submit ID card at the reception. For more than one guest, it is advisable to check with the hotel for their guest policy.

The hotel allows you to order items from apps like grab. I ordered some essentials like toothbrush and water from grab, and they were safely delivered to me at my doorstep.

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Simon Cabaret in Phuket: Beautiful Ladyboy show Phuket tickets, timings, and my experience

Phuket is full of spectacular nightlife. While the options to indulge your visual senses is plenty, one of the most popular event that you ought not miss when in Phuket is Simon Cabaret (also known as Simon Show), an unforgettable theatrical experience featuring music, songs, dance, comedy and drama by an ensemble of beautiful ladyboy performers. 

What to expect at Simon Cabaret in Phuket ?

simon cabaret in phuket - outside the theatre
Simon Cabaret in Phuket – outside the theatre

My experience watching the performance of lady boys at Simon Cabaret was mind-blowing! It was a fun-filled evening of glamorous entertainment and art performance. With a spectacular portrayal of style and color, Phuket Simon Cabaret is perhaps the leading venue for cabaret performance in Southeast Asia. It was quite a crowd when I visited the venue, with foreigners and locals alike. Thousands of tourists from around the world gather here every evening to enjoy the stunning phuket cabaret show by the beautiful ladyboy of Thailand.

What to expect at Simon Cabaret Show in Phuket ?

  • unique dance performance
  • interesting musical theme
  • comedy and laughter
  • a stunning visual treat
  • photos with the lady boys

Ladyboys – the Stars of Simon Cabaret in Phuket

simon cabaret in phuket - beautiful ladyboy performers
Simon cabaret in Phuket – The performers

The beautiful ladyboy performers of Thailand

My first encounter with lady boys of Thailand happened in Bangkok. It was my first visit, and I was causally walking down a street in Sukhumvit, when I was approached by a lady boy. She asked me my name and offered her service. Unlike many transgender sex workers in India, I found the ladyboys of Bangkok quite polite and friendly. They were not very pushy, and when I told her that I am here with my woman friend, she smiled and wished me a good stay. We even connected with each other on Facebook!

While many ladyboys in Thailand work as sex workers, a lot of them have turned to offering other forms of entertainment service to the tourist. Cabaret dance shows are one popular profession that that has absorbed many lady boys. In Thailand, lady boys are known as Kathoey. The term is loosely defined but one of my friends from Thailand explained to me that Kathoey are usually transgender women, although some effeminate gay men also use this identity. I was also told that most transgender women in Thailand prefer calling themselves ‘phuying’ instead. I found it very confounding because many thinks that kathoey are a separate sex altogether, a belief that even a lot of transgenders share themselves. It can be hard to tell a lady boy from a woman in Thailand. They have very feminine figures and at times it can be difficult to believe that they were not born as a female!

The ladyboys I met at the Simon Cabaret in Phuket looked stunning, like goddesses out of a mythical legend!

Phuket cabaret show – The Theatre

simon cabaret in phuket - The theatre
Simon Cabaret in Phuket – The theatre

Simon Cabaret in Phuket is organized in a luxurious venue built in the form of a theatre with a capacity of over 600 people. The seats are very comfortable, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, stunning designs and lighting. If you are looking for the best views, there is an option to book the VIP seats on the first floor. These seats are very close to the stage and offer intimate viewing experience. While the regular seats are a little further away from stage, they are good option if you are traveling on budget. There are options to buy drinks at the bar, and the best part is that you can bring them into the theater and enjoy the show while drinking.

Is Photography allowed at Simon Cabaret in Phuket  ?

simon cabaret in phuket - Photographs with beautiful ladyboy performers
Simon Cabaret in Phuket – Photographs with the performers

While it can be quite tempting to take photos and videos inside the theater, it is strictly prohibited and could attract fines if caught. You do however get the opportunity to meet the performers and take back cherished memories in the form of lovely photos at the end of the show. The dancers usually line up for photos outside the theater after show, and you can have your photo clicked with the dancers of your choice for a small fee. You can choose as many dancers as you want dancers and they would be happy to pose with you for a little over 100 Baht per dancer. 

Ladyboy Show Phuket – What is the act like ?

Simon Cabaret in Phuket is known for its flamboyant and beautiful ladyboy performers in carnival style costume, featuring feather headdresses and extravagant presentation. Their act involves traditional Thai dance, music, and comedy routines. Because a huge chunk of audience are tourists from other countries, the act incorporates themes from all over the world!

At Simon Cabaret in Phuket, you get a mix music genre from countries like India, Korea, China and Russia in their act. There is pop music, Latin, burlesque, Bollywood item songs, Broadway and more. Songs by artists like Beyoncé and Madonna are also commonly featured. The Simon Cabaret in Phuket that I visited in Phuket even had a Disney act. And to top it up, there was also a Hindi song featured on the act ! There were also songs are in English, Chinese, Spanish and Russian.

More Information about Simon Cabaret in Phuket

The Simon Cabaret in Phuket is located on 8 Sirirat road in Patong Beach about 1½ kilometers South of Jungceylon shopping mall.

Show times

There are three shows daily, at 6 pm, 7:30 pm and 9 pm. The show lasts about one hour.

References

Official Website: Phuket Simon Cabaret – Phuket’s Best Cabaret Show. (phuket-simoncabaret.com)

Ticket Booking: Simon Cabaret Show (klook.com)

Simon Cabaret in Phuket – Official Trailer

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If go go bar is your thing, Soi Cowboy street is the place to be at ! 😉

This place is one of the best known bkk nightlife venue in the heart of Bangkok, and also one of the most visited tourists attractions in Thailand. Soi means street in Thai, and that’s what Soi Cowboy is. It is a short street, approximately 200 metres long, filled with go go bars, massage parlors, live music venues, street food and more ! Soi Cowboy is notorious for being a red light zone, although not officially designated as such, but one can feel the vibes quite strongly. : )

I had never been to a go go bar before, and had no intention of going there as a patron. But I wanted to see how these bars work. Luckily, I had the chance to explore a go go bar in Soi Cowboy street !

What is a Go Go Bar?

For those of you who don’t know, a go go bar is a type of entertainment venue where you can enjoy food and drinks while scantily clad dancers set the mood. If you are looking for dazzling nightlife in Bangkok for singles, soi cowboy street will not disappoint you. The girls and layboys working here are not strippers, although in some places the line between a strip club and a go go bar can be blurred.

My Experience at Soi Cowboy

I did not indulge in any naughty stuff in Soi Cowboy street, although it’s quite tempting to do it where you are there. As you know, these are most often venues for sex work, and the dancers are usually available to be taken home by customers after paying a bar fine. And let’s not get into the moral aspects and political correctness of such a business model. Go Go bars are important segment of Thailand’s tourism industry, and provides lively hood to a lot of people. While adult entertainment is not a bad thing according to me, it is important to have strict regulations in place that would prevent these dancers from exploitation, trafficking and sexually transmitted diseases.

When you are in Bangkok, take some time to visit this wonderland of exhibitionism. Be responsible and polite, especially when a woman or a ladyboy holds your hand and tries to take you into the bar. They are normally very friendly and charming, although instances of pickpocketing and theft is not uncommon.

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