Transexualism is an art form in Thailand. Ladyboys, or katoeys as they are sometimes called, have always been present in Thai culture, notably within the dramatic arts.
Many begin taking female hormones during their early and mid-teens, they can be very feminine in their speech, walk, and general mannerisms. They usually lack facial hair, which tends to be light on Thais anyway, and have a smooth skin. So it is actually often very difficult to tell.
Just as some visitors fly in from all over the world to enjoy the company of georgeous Thai girls, others fly in specifically to enjoy the company of equally gorgeous Thai ladyboys.
I e-mailed long-term resident, and probably the world’s leading authority on the subject, Captain Outrageous. He gives this advice.
If you are looking for a ladyboy companion
These days, finding a ladyboy companion in Bangkok is as easy as finding a GG. There are numerous bars that employ only ladyboys, and you follow exactly the same protocol as you would at a GG bar in terms of drinks, bar fine and payment for your friend.
If you are not looking for a ladyboy companion but aren’t sure if the gorgeous thing you have found is a ladyboy or not
She will probably be more glamorous! Ladyboys often have a genius for makeup, and in fact many find gainful employment as beauticians. Ladyboys tend to be taller than girls, of course. Look for the adam’s apple, look at the wrist bones and feet which will both be larger than on a genetic girl.
Ladyboys need to be cautious because there are guys out there who are not amused if they discover that the woman of their dreams has a bigger dick then they do. Look for the exaggerated mannerisms - ladyboys are always fiddling with their hair and tossing it around. Listen carefully to the voice, which is unlikely to be deep but will be not quite totally female. Or simply ask, but be polite.
If you believe that your companion is not genetically female, smile, and say, “no thank you.” It doesn’t cost a thing.
Ladyboys are great entertainers and make up the cast of some excellent cabaret reviews that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of sexual preference. These have become very popular in recent years and are family shows rather than part of the sex scene. The best ones include:
Calypso - Bangkok
Opened in 1988. Style is like a European supper club, with seats for about 350 people. Audience mainly Western.
Asia Hotel, 296 Phayathai Rd, Bangkok 10400
Show time: 8:15pm and 9:45pm
Reservations: 0 2261 6355
Golden Dome -Bangkok
Very popular with Asian tourists. Golden Dome also runs tours through some of the Asian countries.
252/5 Soi Ratchadapisek, 18 Ratchapiek Road,
Huay Khwang, Bangkok 10310
Showtime: 5:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Reservations: 0 2692 8202-6
Ratchada Cabaret - Bangkok
Also popular with the Asian tourists, and which offers a large-scale spectacular show.
91 Ratchadapisek Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310
Showtime: 17.00pm, 19.00pm and 21.00pm
Reservations: 0 2642 3704-6
Simon Cabaret - Phuket
8 Sirirach Rd., Patong Beach,
Phuket Thailand 83150,
Tel : 66 76 342011-5 , Fax : 66 76 340437
Simon Cabaret - Chiang Mai
177 G Building, 1st Floor, Chang Peuak Rd.
T. Sriphoom, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand.
Tel: 05 341 0321-3 Fax: 05 341 0320
Photos courtesy of http://www.captain-outrageous.com