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Wirat Royrin, pioneer of Phuket cabaret at ITB Asia in Singapore  today

Phuket's Simon Cabaret to Build New Theatre in Patong, Tour Asia

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
SINGAPORE: Simon Cabaret, one of Phuket's premium attractions, is to build a new 1000-seat auditorium behind the existing venue, the brand's owner said today in Singapore.

Wirat Royrin, her son and three ladyboy performers were at ITB Asia where Simon Cababaret has its own stand, not far from Phuket's stand.

ITB Asia has blossomed over five shows and now attracts participants from 72 countries, including Phuket with 21 of the island's resorts appearing for the first time this year.

The Asian part of the exhibition at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands is buzzing with the European stands less busy.

That's as you would expect, really, as travellers from China and India look at what's around them before venturing further afield.

Simon Cabaret, which when you think about is probably an intrinsic part of Phuket culture, is travelling, too.

''The show is going to New Zealand in a tour of towns and cities from March 11-28 next year,'' Khun Wirat said. ''Then we will move on to Australia, although the itinerary has yet to be announced.

''We are also looking at touring through other destinations in Asia.''

The performers from Simon Cabaret - which now has a sister show in Phuket City as well as imitators - represent the celebrities among the katoeys.

Ladyboys are probably more easily accepted into everyday life on Phuket than virtually anywhere else in the world - and just one of the extra reasons for visiting the holiday island.

''The show improves in quality and audience numbers every year,'' Khun Wirat said. ''We may have more competition from other shows of all kinds but we still rate first with tourists.''

The new Simon Cabaret theatre in Patong will be on five rai and cost 500 million baht to build.

ITB Singapore opened today and runs until Friday.

Phuketwan travelled to Singapore as a guest of the Phuket Tourist Association.

Phuketwan sent a reporter to Europe in 2011 to cover Phuket's appearance at ITB Berlin, Europe's largest travel show, then became the first Phuket English-language media outlet to accompany a Phuket road show to Brisbane and Sydney in Australia.

Phuketwan is the only Phuket media outlet to pay its way to ITB Berlin.

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Phuketwan travelled to Singapore as a guest of the Phuket Tourist Association.

...is there a media in thailand who not travel with officals?

what if you would write something negativ about this trip? i guess next year you would be not invited...right?

Posted by mike on October 18, 2012 17:32

Editor Comment:

Next year we'll go thanks to your generous sponsorship, mike. After all, you've been reading us for free and making comments that don't add much for years. Travel fairs are not noted for producing too many negative stories, but a first-rate doomstayer could find one.


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