(Photos By Sandy Zimmerman)
The Ruen Thep Thai classical dances bring ancient Siamese music and dancing to Bangkok. Exotic . . . Exciting . . . Colorful . . . all of the music, dances, and songs are authentic, handed down throughout the ages. Each of the dancer’s movements has a meaning. Their stunning costumes attract the viewer’s eye; the effect of watching these dances is mesmerizing. We journey back to the days of ancient Siam, to watch sword fights and enacted stories of the people. There are from four to six members in the band depending whether they entertain before or during the show. It was interesting to watch the band play their ancient musical instruments, not normally seen today.
I love to learn the traditions and culture of each country and was thrilled to visit the Silom Village to see them. The Ruen Thep Thai classical dancers perform twice nightly, a dinner show and late show. The manager explained, “We honor our culture and do not want to forget our ancient customs and heritage in the modern world. These are all different types of happy songs.”
Customers have their choice of a large 28 page menu to suit all tastes. Choose seafood by the weight, Thai cuisine, Japanese cuisine, spicy hot soup, curry, fried dishes, rice and noodle selections, salads, specialties, and desserts. Order your meal grilled, boiled, steamed, steamed with sauce, baked, or fried. They stock almost every type of seafood available. Ruen Thep’s show and restaurant would be perfect for a party or wedding.
The Ruen Thep nightclub show and restaurant are located inside the Silom Village Shopping Center/ Trade Center. You can enjoy the Village before or after you dine. These buildings were constructed during the time of King Rama 5’s reign, the fifth king of the Chakri Dynasty. This is the last traditional Thai village on Silom Road, consisting of 15 teak houses and 3 buildings. These small houses were all saved and combined together into the Silom Village Shopping Center. While walking around the center, we could see where each of the frames of the homes stuck out of the walls. You can find a health spa, hotel and shops with almost everything here- jewelry, gems, boutiques, custom-made tailored garments, souvenirs, carpets, art, woodcrafts, decorator items, furniture, leather goods, and more! www.silomvillage.co.th
Look for the traditional marionettes, the festivals, the true arts and crafts of Thailand. Visitors should take tours behind the scenes to see their culture.
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