Thai Sanook Karaoke Style

Karaoke at Singing Paradise in Pattaya

Thai’s love Sanook ( fun ) and no place epitomizes fun for Thai’s like the Karaoke joint.  Karaoke has always been hugely popular amongst Asians but it never really caught on in the west. I’ve always been of the mind that that is a good thing. It just never seemed like fun to me to go to a place where grown men and women get drunk and sing Phil Collins songs…then again I never want to be drunk, or sober for that matter,  and hear Phil sing either.

Singing Paradise in PattayaIn Thailand you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a karaoke club. They are attached to restaurants, bars and even mini marts. If you want to sing there is a karaoke club to accomodate you any time night or day from Bangkok to Nakhon Phanom.The only place I was reasonably sure that didn’t have a karaoke club was on the family farm in Nakhon Phanom, I was proven wrong when an impromptu party broke out one night and the karaoke computer and sound system appeared on the front lawn.

As much as I’ve always hated the idea in the west I’ve found the karaoke places in Thailand to be a great source of fun and good times but you have to adhere to these 3 rules. You must bring at least 3 Thai women with you, you must order at least 2 bottles of whiskey and you have to sing at least 2 Thai songs no matter if you know the language or not.

Singing Paradise in Pattaya Finding the right private room for karaoke is important Checking another karaoke room

You see, going out for karaoke isn’t something you do half hearted for an hour or so until something else comes up. No, karaoke is an all night affair complete with meals if it is done right and if you follow the rules and bring at least 3 Thai women there is no doubt that it will be done right.

The photos contained herein were taken the last night of my stay in Pattaya last trip at one of my favorite karaoke houses just off of Pattaya Klang. The place is called Singing Paradise and features a full service restaurant and karaoke bar in the front and private karaoke houses in the back that you rent by the hour. You get your own personal attendant with the house that will help out with finding songs and reboot the equipment as necessary as well as take food and drink orders.

Private karaoke house

Searching for songs to sing The heart of the operation The fuel

Inside the little private houses there is usually some comfortable furniture, a table or two and the karaoke setup which includes a T.V. and sound system. And, of course,  a hard drive with at least 2000 Thai songs on it. There is usually a few western songs to choose from but not too many and yes, there is usually a Phill Collins song or two included.

The pre singing snacks of hot roasted cashews with peppers Main course...singing makes one hungry Thai girls eat fast

The fun Singing the night away Happy Thai girls: Pookie, Oat and Boom

The Karaoke night we had on the family farm included all the essentials with all the neighbors showing up with food and drink. Much singing and dancing was done but since it was an older crowd most of the songs were older as well.  I never thought I would be one to have a great time with karaoke anywhere in the world but if you live in Thailand, visit,  or plan to visit Thailand make sure to add at least a night of karaoke to the agenda. I promise you that you will have a night to remember.

Local neighbors singing on the farm There must be dancing Mix master Pookie

The video’s below are probably going to spell my doom if a certain Thai woman named Pookie see’s this but I’ll take the chance. The first was recorded at Singing Paradise in Pattaya and the second at Karaoke night on the family farm in Nakhon Phanom.

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6 Comment(s)

  1. Just had my brother come to stay for a bit and we both felt a bit negative about the whole idea of a karaoke night, but by the end of the evening you couldn’t get us off the microphones… The waiters and waitresses keep topping up the beers continuously and without you noticing, before we knew it we were both ‘well oiled’. We also cleared the room of anyone sober, which was a little embarrasing, and the bill was surprisingly huuge. Ah. but SANOOK MARG LOL :D
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    Ben Shingleton | Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. What fun! I have not had the pleasure in Thailand, but the man is always on call. He’s the one with the voice.

    When I first moved to Borneo my Chinese landlord desired to build me a karaoke room – he’d been busy embezzling money from the bank he worked at and needed to do something with all that extra dosh – but I delicately declined.

    (psst… you are SO bad! And no, I was not training for the part of a moo cow in the school play ;-)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Thai 101 Learners Series: When in Rome, Thai Doesn’t Sound the Same =-.

    Catherine | Jul 24, 2009 | Reply

  3. I couldn’t help but notice the noise of the dogs barking in the second video, they would have been a lot louder if I’d got up there. A karaoke is great fun if you can sing but a bit of a bummer if you can’t. I have been to plenty over the years but young Wilai is not a great fan of them even though she hasn’t got too bad a voice. Any party at our village house normally ends up with the karaoke system booting up and it’s great to see the singers belting out their numbers. Malcolm is going to love this post, he’s Elvis in disguise.
    .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Thailands Flights – 10 Ways to Beat the Long Haul =-.

    Martyn | Jul 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. How can you live in Thailand and not ever have gone to a karaoke…this must be rectified…Mooo

    Talen | Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. I can’t sing myself…that’s what the whiskey is for :)

    Talen | Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

  6. I don’t think you are allowed to leave any karaoke in Thailand sober Ben…must be a law.

    Talen | Jul 26, 2009 | Reply

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