If you are traveling around SE Asia -including Thailand- you need to learn a thing or two on how to avoid ladyboys and transexuals. As I write this post I am traveling around SE Asia, which is the region with the highest concentration of ladyboys. Ladyboys are so many indeed, and often so indistinguishable from pretty girls, that many guys get a bit worried. Ladyboys on the hunt are one of the things that make traveling around this world region a real pain in the ass. And I had a couple of close calls myself. Check the video below and, in general, trust your instincts.
If you have visited Thailand chances are you may have witnessed the extravagant dancing beauties in a cabaret show or even through a personal encounter. Ladyboy's are referred to by many different names including kathoey, transgender, transvestite or cross dresser. Many ladyboys are now the toast of the town becoming famous throughout Thailand, some with successful modeling or television careers and a massive presence on social media. In , ten of the most famous have been ranked based upon their following and the frequency with which their names appear in local media. Today I thought it would be fun to take a look at these famous people with the help of Coconuts Bangkok, let's count them down.
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But, of course, they are people — not a tourist attraction — leading mostly normal lives. Bangkok is home to one of the largest ladyboy communities in Thailand, and they can often be spotted at work or out walking the city streets. Thai ladyboys are an accepted part of Thai culture, and are generally widely regarded as something usual — particularly in the cities of Bangkok and Pattaya. Some Thais go so far as to maintain that ladyboys have a fairly easy time getting work because with both male and female attributes they can do the work of both a man and a woman — they are generally regarded as good workers. They can commonly be found in beauty salons, hairdressers and working on makeup counters, presumably thanks to their developed mastery of these skills through their experience transforming themselves into women.