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Bending the truth at Asiatique

No trip to Bangkok is complete without watching a gender bender show, so I thought a visit to Asiatique The Riverfront has to be arranged.

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“Daddy, what’s gender bender?” Pangzi asked. “Tell me quickly – don’t be a suspender!”

“Since when have you become a poet, pretender?” I said. “Anyway, a gender bender show is something like a cabaret.”

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“Is that the brand of some chocolate?” he pressed.

“No, cabaret is a kind of performance involving song and dance,” I explained.

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“You mean like a musical?”

“Something like that. But what makes it unique in Thailand is the cast. Asiatique has a cabaret performing every night, headlined by a stunning troupe of ladyboys.”

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“Daddy, what’s a ladyboy?”

“Erm, you’ll find out when you meet them at Asiatique.” I thought seeing a little skin wouldn’t do him much harm.

“But I want to go to a theme park,” Pangzi protested. “I don’t want to see a ladyboy!”

I thought of a trick. “Do you know a ladyboy is like Aquaman?”

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He bought it. So we took the BTS subway to Saphan Taksin station, where a free boat ride ferried us to Asiatique.

Pangzi was distracted by the giant ferris wheel, iconic of Asiatique, illuminating the night sky brilliantly along the Chao Phraya River. I had to remind him that we were there for the cabaret.

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At the cabaret entrance however, we were turned away by the ticket attendant.

“Sorry, no kids,” he said in Thai-accented English.

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Darn, I should have left Pangzi at the hotel.

Well, the good news was, Asiatique was also a night market, so at least we could do some shopping and eat junk food.

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The bad news, as I slowly realised, was Asiatique was no Lumpini. The merchandise peddled was stale and overpriced.

I thought the evening could not get any worse, when Pangzi called out to my attention.

“Daddy, look… a kids zone!”

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So Asiatique also contained kiddy rides and other carnival favourites.

Soon, Pangzi forgot all about his Aquaman.

 

We were here:

 

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