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Thai Ladyboys Explained

Just what is a ladyboy? Thailand is famous for them, and any visitor to Thailand will at some stage during their trip, come across these unusual people who are half lady half boy. They work in spas and behind shop counters. Some hotels employ them as receptionists, others are found waitressing or managing in restaurants. And many are also found in the bar scene, prostituting themselves.

Huh! Prostituting themselves? Yes, you read right, they go home with clients – what they get up to, with their ‘half-half’ tackle is a mystery – but there’s enough of them about to suggest that many punters find these ladyboys curious and titillating enough to hire them for the night. Only in Thailand.

In fact, Thai ladyboys are among the most attractive ‘ladies’ you will see. They certainly take care of themselves and are often so convincing, with their big busts, sexy swagger and perfectly made-up faces that you wouldn’t know the difference. Actually many a sex tourist has been duped by these ‘hermaphrodites’. If it happens to you don’t be mad or embarrassed.

Ladyboys are numerous in Thailand and widely accepted as part of the modern culture. It hasn’t always been like this, but Thailand does have a long history of acceptance and some men wanting to be taken for women. Also, many Thai males are slight in stature and look feminine – their facial features are attractive and graceful and their bodies hairless and smaller boned.

Thai Ladyboy
He or She? 1 of the many participants in miss ladyboy contest.

In recent decades sophisticated surgery has made it possible for men to become women through plastic surgery to create breasts, as well as changing sex organs. A lifetime prescription of hormones helps keep the testosterone out of their body. Bangkok surgeons have become world famous for performing sex changes or simple cosmetic surgery operations and they are much cheaper. But the reality is, most ladyboys can only afford the breast operation (about 1000 euros) while the organ change costs about 3 times that. Therefore most ladybodys are ‘transvestites’ (ie; dressed as women) rather than ‘transsexuals’ (ie complete sex organ change). In short, they have breasts and a cock – a she-male.

So, if you met a complete lady (who was a boy) you could have penetrative sex with her, but mostly you will meet a ladyboy – who is more likely to offer you a blowjob. Some men with bi-sexual preferences have gone the ‘whole-hog’ with a ladyboy, but if they are on hormone suppressants they probably won’t even get an erection.

Ladyboys are just regular people desperate to be accepted, and when you meet them there’s no need to avoid them. They try extra hard to be women, and often are the most beautiful of all the women in the room. They’re also desperate for the ultimate object that makes them feel like a real women – and that is: a boyfriend. Don’t be surprised if every ladyboy you ever meet flirts with you.

Since ladyboys are still boys at heart you can expect them to be more forward than girls (especially in bars and discos – where a women smiling aggressively at you is likely to be a ladyboy). They can also be very masculine when angered, and have a reputation for being violent or pushy in a manner you wouldn’t expect from a lady.

Ladyboys are very proactive in getting themselves ‘sorted’. One of the country’s most famous ladyboys is Nong Toom, who went from champion Thai kickboxer to transsexual – documented in the movie Beautiful Boxer where his/her trademark was to kiss her defeated opponents on the forehead. Another movie, Saitree Lex, was made about the true story of a ladyboy volleyball team that won the national championships against the odds – dressed in drag no less!

So, how do you spot a ladyboy? Sometimes it’s very difficult and you can easily be deceived. Firstly, there are go go bars that are all ladyboys. Generally they don’t mix with the regular girl bars. Many of them freelance on street corners (they prostitute to raise money to payback the ‘tit’ surgery). They are also the most forward in the discos. If their voice doesn’t give them away, then look for suspiciously thin hips or large feet. But ultimately, it is those with the most perfect breasts (generally Thai Asian women have small boobs), or most exaggerated lady movements that are ladyboys. Good luck!