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Enjoy the Original Chiangmai Khantoke Dinner Show

The very first ever Khantoke Dinner Show was created right here at Old Chiangmai on 1970. It was started in order to showcase the traditional Northern Thailand, Lanna, culture. This has evolved over centuries and much of what you will witness here is timeless. Many of the dances were created in the last 150 years, the most recent in 1957 but they all have their origins in traditional dance that is very much older.

Khantoke has become very popular and many have copied the idea. Most have compromised authenticity in favor of commercial interests. At Old Chiangmai we are passionate about preserving the original customs and traditions as truly as possible.

These are some of the Thai and Lanna dances that are performed

The Fingernails Dance

This is a traditional dance that the Northern Thai people are very proud of. It is usually perform on special occasion, such as when greeting honourable guests or state visitors.

The Swords Dance

This dance was developed from an ancient martial art. It was transformed in to a dance because of its ferocious beauty. The dancer will dance with twelve swords.

The Shan Dance

The Shan are a branch of Thai speaking people from the Shan State, Myanmar. It has its origin in Burmese culture but was adopted by the Shan people.  In 1952 the last prince of Chiang Mai instructed his court dance instructors to add some polish to it.

The Magic Fowls Dance

These wild fowls are part of a spell cast by a powerful sorcerer. Its purpose was to lure the hero of the play, Phra law, to stray off his hunting course toward love and death. The dance was choreographed by Jao Dara Rasmi of Chiang mai in the year 1909.

The Flame Worshiping Yogis

Chao Kaew Nawarat , the last prince of chiang mai commissioned a Burmese dance instructor to choreograph this dance on the occasion of king Vajiravudh’s brother’s visit to Chiang Mai in 1920. The dance movements were modified from characteristic postures of flame worshiping yogis.

The Celebration Dance

It was composed and choreographed by Chao Dara Rasmi’s court poets and dance instructors in the year 1927.  It was part of celebrations on the occasion of the royal king Prajadhipok’s visit to Chiang Mai.  It rejoices in the presentation of a white elephant to him. The costumes are in the style of the king.

Thai Lue Dance

The dance was originally performed by the Thai Lue people of Nong Bua Village in the Tha Wang Pha District of Nan province. It was performed by ancient Thai Lue ancestors as they migrated away from the wars of the Xishuangbanna region of Yunnan Province, China.

Mahn Mui Chiangta Dance

This is a mixture of a Burmese court dance and a Thai dance. Chao Dara Rasmi commissioned a Burmese dance instructor and her court dance instructors to choreograph the the dance over a period from 1915 to 1926. The costumes are in the style of Burmese court ladies during the reign of king Thi-baw, the last king of Burma.

Tai Dance

It is based on the dance of the Shan or Tai as they call themselves. The dance was choreographed in 1957 by Mr.Gaew and Mrs. Layin Thongkheo his wife, who was also a Tai, after she was so impressed by the Mahn Mui Chiangta dance.

The Silk-reeling Dance

This is a folk dance that incorporates every day activities. The movements stylize processes that lead to silk weaving. The dance emphasizes continuous, flowing movements because these are the kinds of movement used by weavers to help prevent silk threads from becoming entangled.

Noi Jai Ya Dance

This is from a scene of a musical play of the same name. It shows Noi Jai Ya, a poor scholar, reproaching Wankeao, a village beauty, for getting married the next day to Sarng Nanta, a rich and ugly man from another village. Wankeao tells him that the plan is not hers but her parents, and confirms her love for  him. After the reconciliation they elope.

Forn Guy Lai

This truly old traditional dance originated among the Thai Lue. The dance had almost disappeared when it was discovered in 1986 by Chiang Mai University instructors. Only 4 old dancers remained that were able to dance it at that time.

Rumwong or the Circle Dance

This is a typical Thai folk dance that is greatly enjoyed by all Thai people. It is very easy to do. First our dancers will demonstrate the three dance movements relating to three songs for you. Afterwards they will invite you to dance it with them on the stage. This is your chance to join in and experience a piece of ancient Thai culture for yourselves.

You should arrive by 6:45 PM for the show