One of the craziest attractions your "Set of Drifters" have ever witnessed is located on the southern outskirts of seedy tourist mecca Patong (Phuket). We first spotted the Simon Cabaret while riding in from the airport, and after witnessing the unforgettable "Siam Niramit" show in Bangkok only a week prior, knew Simon Cabaret's "show of all shows" would be right up our alley.
Upon arriving to the evening's second show, we were shocked by the huge crowds of tourists being hustled through the side entrance. Who knew so many wanted to watch a cast of 20 "katoeys" perform traditional Thai choreography, love ballads, and American disco hits with the accompaniment of highly exotic costumes, robust scenery and pulsating lighting effects?
The weirdest thing about the show was the fact that the zany numbers were lip-synched. It felt as though we were watching a number performed aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland, except with Thai ladyboys!
Like most cabaret shows in tourist locales, the prerecorded music was dated, yet energetic. In fact, the delivery of the recorded vocals was one of the main reasons we enjoyed the show so much, as it contradicted the relatively wan expressions that most of the performers retained through the show. We had no choice but to to hoot and holler at the strange cavalcade of performers, many of whom became favorites to watch out for in each number - whether dressed in ball gowns, butterfly outfits, or "traditional" Egyptian regalia!