Connect with us


Puppet haven: Joe Louis Thai Restaurant opens in Phuket



PHUKET: Bangkok’s loss is Phuket’s gain, as the Joe Louis troupe of traditional Thai puppeteers has a new home at the Jungceylon shopping complex in Patong.

The troupe, founded by the late grand master puppeteer and National Artist Sakorn “Joe Louis” Yangkhiawsod, remains the sole guardian of the dying art form known as Hun Lakhon Lek, Thai traditional small puppet play.

For many years based at the Joe Louis Theatre in Bangkok’s Suan-lum Night Bazaar, the troupe now has a new home: the Joe Louis Thai Restaurant in the Sino-Phuket Zone at Jungceylon.

The restaurant’s grand opening ceremony was presided over at noon yesterday by Phuket Square Company president MR Chatumongol Sonakul and Jungceylong CEO Prawit Janyasittikul.

Diners there will be able to view the large collection of intricately detailed Joe Louis puppets now on display, all of which have been used in past performances.

There will also be twice-daily performances at the restaurant starting at 5pm and 8pm through until October 15.

There are plans to hold larger performances at the SF Cinema at Jungceylon starting in January.

Restaurant shareholder Wanchana Ponpalangkun said Phuket’s reputation as a tourist destination made it a perfect location to host the world-renowned troupe.

“I think combining the puppet show with a restaurant will garner a good response,” said the investor and brainchild behind the 5-million-baht venture.

The chefs, menus and much of the décor is from the Joe Louis Theatre in Bangkok.

“It’s a pity that these shows will no longer be available in Bangkok,” said Mr Wanchana.

Unfortunately, the Phuket venture cannot employ the entire Joe Louis troupe from the outset, he added.

To test the market, the twice-daily dinner performances of about one-and-a-half hours will run for one week. Tickets are 1,000 baht each.

For more information call 089-8160910 or 087-0985598.

— Atchaa Khamlo


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime14 mins ago

Thai court overwhelmed with evidence in Forex-3D fraud case

Tourism20 mins ago

Airport expansion plans hastened across Thailand

Thailand25 mins ago

Viral video: American man joins Thai dance in Isaan rite

Sponsored6 hours ago

International money transfers made fast, secure and transparent with DeeMoney Neo App

Politics1 hour ago

China backs Thailand to make APEC a success

Politics2 hours ago

Gen-Z students oppose an unelected senate 17 to 1

Thailand2 hours ago

Foreigner allegedly using dogs to scam Chiang Mai locals

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Cannabis News3 hours ago

Tourist breaks Singaporean law by consuming cannabis in Thailand

Northern Thailand3 hours ago

Large, endangered Indochinamon Bhumibol crab spotted

Thailand4 hours ago

Foreigner caught stealing luggage at Bangkok airport

Philippines4 hours ago

Tropical Storm Noru hits the Philippines, 5 rescue workers killed

Travel4 hours ago

Thai drinks you must try while in Thailand

Thailand4 hours ago

Passengers stranded after airport train breaks down

Cannabis News5 hours ago

Prices plummet on cannabis, farmers ask for regulation

Weather5 hours ago

Heavy rain warning in 48 provinces of Thailand

Politics5 hours ago

Unlikely Biden will make APEC meeting in Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11