:: CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

Details of current programmes and events can generally be found in Bangkok's major English-language newspapers, namely Bangkok Post and The Nation.

Baan Thai

Thai is located in' Dream World ' amusement park at Km. 7 of Rangsit-Nakhon Nayok Road. Visitors can experience the traditional Thai culture and lifestyles as well as enjoy typical food and spectacular cultural shows. Showtimes are 12 noon and 1 p.m. Tel: 0-2533-1152

Bangkok Playhouse
Located on Phetchaburi Road. This private theatre hosts modern dramas.
Tel : 0-2679-8548, 0-2319-7641-4 for a current programme.

Chalerm Krung Royal Theatre
Theatre is located on Charoen Krung Road (New Road) near the Old Siam Plaza. Thai dramas and plays are usually held while Khon or Thai musical dance drama is a special event that is staged occasionally. Call: 0-2225-8757-8, 0-2222- 1325 for more information.

Cultural Theme Parks
Rose Garden is 32 kilometres west of Bangkok on Phetkasem Road in Nakhon Pathom province. An attractive show commences daily at 2.45 p.m. There is for instance, Thai folk dancing, Thai boxing, sword fighting demonstrations, and an elephant show. Admission fee is 300 baht. Tel: 0-2295-3261-4

Patravadi Theatre is near Wat Rakhang, Thon Buri. Renowned for its lavish productions, this outdoor theatre has gained popularity through its modern adaptations of classical Asian literature, with each play demonstrating an ingenious blend of various theatrical techniques. Showtime is on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call : 0- 2412-7287-8 for a current programme.

Thailand Cultural Centre, on Ratchadaphisek Road, is a fully integrated venue for social education and cultural activities. Tel: 0 2247 0028 ext. 109 or visit for a current programme.


Dinner and Thai Classical Dance
Reservations can be made through travel agents or the following restuarants:
Ban Thai Tel: 0-2258-5403;
Chao Phraya (Noppakao Room)
Tel:
0-2424-2389;
Piman Tel:
0-2258-7866, 0-2258-7861;
Sala Rim Nam Tel: 0-2437-9417;
Sawasdee Tel: 0-2237-6310,0- 2237-7114-1;
Silom Village Tel: 0-2234-4448;
Suwannahong Tel: 0-2245-4448;
Thailand Tonight (Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel) Tel: 0-2266-0139, 0-2266-0123

Theatres
The National Theatre, located on Na Phra That Road next to the National Museum, is the official centre of Thai classical performance. Tel: 0-2224-1342 for a current programme.

:: MAJOR EXHIBITION CENTRES

Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 8 Km. 1 Bang Na-Trat Road, Phrakhanong. For more information, call 0-2749 -3939-60 or visit www.bitec.net.

Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, 60 New Ratchadaphisek Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok. For more informatiton, call: 0-2229- 3000-9

:: THAI BOXING

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is both a sport and means of self defence. Contestants are allowed to use almost any part of their body: feet, elbows, legs, knees, and shoulders, are all weapons. The playing of traditional music during bouts makes for even greater excitement.

Boxing Stadiums
There are two venues in Bangkok for this type of sport.
Ratchadamnoen Stadium, Ratchadamnoen Nok Road, open every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m., Thursday at 5 and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 4 and 8 p.m. Tel: 0-2281-4205.

Lumphini Stadium, Rama IV Road, every Tuesday and Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Tel: 0-2251-4303.

Fairtex Muay Thai Camp
99/5 Mu 3 Soi Buntham Anuson, Tambon Bang Phli Yai, Amphoe Bang Phli, Samut Prakan Province.
Tel: 0- 2385-5148-9

Thai Boxing Schools
The Muay Thai Institute, 336/932 Prachathipat Road, Tambon Rangsit, Amphoe Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani Province.
Tel: 0-2992- 0096-9




:: TURF CLUBS

Horse Races are held on Sunday from 12.30-6.00 p.m. at two alternate turf clubs:

Royal Turf Club of Thailand, on Phitsanulok Road,
Tel: 0-2628- 1810-5.

Royal Bangkok Sports Club, on Henry Dunant Road,
Tel: 0-2251- 0181-6.