If you have ever traveled to Thailand before, you would have come across some ladyboys – even if you didn’t know they were one or not. So what is a lady boy? Well it’s a dude who has devoted him self into looking like a lady. Technically they are still a man, as they still have male genitals, but some go all the way and have the full operation and this is known in Thailand as a kathoey. It’s impossible to tell the difference between a lady boy and a kathoey just by looking at them with their clothes on, unless you can notice a bulge there.
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Most ladyboys take female hormones to make themselves look more feminine and some do this from a young age and this makes it even harder to spot one. Some get breast implants to add to the female look and this can sometimes be a giveaway, as nearly all the lady boys that hang around the tourist areas seem to have them and they always like to over do it with extra large breasts. There are all sorts of body altering operations that they have to try and look more like a female such as – hip implants and ass implants and making the Adams apple look smaller. Thailand has a thriving body altering industry and some of the operations that are performed here you wouldn’t believe. There are all sorts of weird and bizarre operations that you wouldn’t think were possible, that are performed in Thailand.
Ladyboys are exactly the same as drag queens except they live there whole life as one and take the whole thing to the extreme and they do this full time and not just part time dress ups like drag queens. The dedication to be a woman is truly unbelievable and trying to understand how and why anyone would want to do this to themselves will do most people’s heads in.
There are so many ladyboys in Thailand and there would appear to be much more than anywhere else in the world as they don’t hide the fact that they are one, but why is it that there are so many lady boys in Thailand? Well, the Thai people seem to be much more excepting towards gay people and don’t make fun of them and don’t make them feel like freaks in society as they do in western countries, so that would be a large factor in why there are so many more in Thai society. Other reasons that men want to become lady boys could be because women in Thai society have the option of meeting foreign men who visit the country often and it can be easy money turning to prostitution.
How Do I Tell if That Suspect Lady is a Dude?
Most of the time, ladyboys are tall so this can be a giveaway and as mentioned before, most of the lady boys that you will encounter in the tourist destinations – have over the top breast implants, so always look for this. Besides these things, you can usually tell by the way they act and walk, as they tend to have a gay man’s walk and love to pose and you can generally tell they are trying hard to look like a lady.
When a lady boy talks, they usually have a deep voice and if you can’t tell from anything else, this can be the giveaway, also check the Adams apple, but as mentioned before, they can have operations on this to make it not stick out as far.
If you are really paranoid about accidentally picking up a lady boy, then you can always go for a feel downstairs and if there is any doubt, why not.
If you are visiting Phuket and you are clubbing in Bangla Road Patong, then you are usually safe from encountering any lady boys, as most of the clubs don’t let them in and they have security who are Thai and can pick them out every time. Also, the lady boys hang around Bangla Road all night and they pester the tourists throughout the night, so if any ladies try to grab you or approach you out on the streets of a night, then they could very well be a lady boy.