Pattaya is one of the best places in Thailand to meet ladyboys, if that’s your ‘thing’. Even if you’re new to Thailand, you can’t avoid Thailand’s famous transsexuals. You’ll find them working in restaurants, at receptions, in travel agencies, hairdressers, as tour guides and, of course, in the many Pattaya bars.
Thai ladyboys are common in Thailand, where society is generally accepting and tolerant of men dressing as women. Many end up working in the bar scene, where they are popular with some foreigners. Others prostitute themselves to raise money for their ‘operation’. In reality, most ladyboys in Pattaya have managed to have breast enlargements but cannot afford the more expensive operation to have their ‘bit’ removed. They remain ‘she males’ (or shims); completely female in appearance but unable to have proper sex with men.
With female beauty being so important in Thailand, and many Thais (of either sex) appearing so feminine, many men who are born with cross-gender tendencies find it easy to become ladyboys. They pull it off very convincingly, too; often appearing as some of the most attractive ‘women’ you’ve seen. But take a closer look – the hips are a bit narrow, the feet a bit big, and a trace of an adam’s apple remains. If the voice doesn’t give it away, their overly exaggerated attempt to be feminine is often obvious.
All the same, many tourists find ladyboys attractive and take them home for some kinky sex. In all the go go bar areas you’ll see bars specifically staffed by ladyboy hostesses. Many also trawl the promenade along beach road. Some of the bars on Walking Street have ladyboys, and they are also found in the discos. The ladies who come on strongest are usually ladyboys.
Pattaya is a sex destination first and foremost, so the idea of getting a blow-job from a ladyboy, or going the whole hog, isn’t too strange to those who come for the naughty nightlife. Often, ladyboys have better bodies and are sexier, but they do come with a warning.
Ladyboys in Pattaya, and elsewhere in Thailand, have a reputation for pickpocketing, drugging and robbing clients, or indeed getting violent when you insult them. Although every one of them desperately wants a man to make them feel like a ‘real women’, some of them are very businesslike, and others are prone to being dishonest. Make sure you hire one out of a proper bar, rather than off the street.
Ultimately, they are just confused souls, who are lucky enough to live in a country where they can be ladyboys. Walk around with one on your arm and the locals won’t even look twice, while most tourists might not even realise. It’s quite common to see foreigners wandering about with their ladyboy as anything goes in Thailand.