Thanks to the tolerant nature of Buddhist culture, ladyboys – just like gays – are far more visible and accepted in Thai society than transvestites or transsexuals in Western countries.
While the phenomenon isn’t restricted to urban areas and you can come across a ladyboy in virtually any small village in the countryside, tourist places like Pattaya or Bangkok – worldwide (in)famous for their raunchy nightlife – certainly attract an unusually large number of Thailand’s unique “women of the second category”.
In other words, you could bump into a ladyboy at the next best 7-eleven store, as well as as in any bar or nightclub around town.
Depending on your sexual flavour, it is important to know, however, that not all ladyboys are equally equipped physically.
men dressed and made-up as women) undergoing a simple hormone replacement therapy, or “transsexuals” who have had breasts created by plastic surgery.
The final step is simply too expensive – and presumably painful – for most .
Ladyboys love plastic surgery, so many don’t just have unusually big silicone breasts but have also undergone other cosmetic surgery procedures like nose or bum jobs to make their faces and physique appear more feminine.