Safety Tips for Ladyboy Lovers: Crime, HIV/Aids etc.
Unless you fancy an HIV-test back home, it should be self-evident to use a condom when having sex with a Pattaya ladyboy - especially when engaging in anal sex or two-way blow jobs. Even if the risk of an HIV infection may not be as high as reported in the foreign media (unfortunately, no official figures are available for Pattaya or ladyboys specifically) sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are pretty common in Pattaya. It need not be Aids or Hepatitis, a nasty genital fungal infection, Gonorrhoea or Herpes, can be easily transmitted (e.g. Gonorrhoea can be transmitted through oral sex too!) and can definitely spoil your "sex holidays" for at least a week.
If you read the local Pattaya newspapers frequently, then you've probably come across crime story headlines such as the following: "Tourist robbed by ladyboy gang on Pattaya Beach" - "Foreigner drugged and robbed by ladyboy" - "Katoey snatches bag off foreign tourist" - "Drunken tourist beaten up by ladyboys" etc. Well, you get the picture.
The truth is: Pattaya's katoeys are involved in hundreds of crime stories every year, with most crimes happening along the ladyboy freelance-areas on Pattaya Beach Road, usually well past midnight. Others get robbed during their sleep after a short-time session with a ladyboy hooker from Beach Road, possibly after having their drinks spiked, and wake up only to find their wallets emptied, their mobile phones, gold necklaces etc. gone. Given the ratio between bar girls/female sex workers and ladyboys in Pattaya (at least 10:1) it's an undeniable fact that ladyboys are involved in an unproportionately large number of crimes, especially theft and robbery.
What's the reason for this high rate of criminals among ladyboys? Buddha knows. Probably their hormone treatments have an irritating effect on their generally pleasant personalities and support extremely pushy to aggressive behaviour. Also, as sexy and feminine as they may appear, do not forget that it's still a man's brain in their beautiful heads - and men's muscles in their arms! - regardless of how "girlie" they may feel or look.
Another reason may be their chronical shortage of money. Most katoeys in Pattaya probably still find it hard to find a regular employment in a bar - with the vast majority of night spots catering to 100% straight visitors only, while gay tourists in Pattaya's gay areas are apparently looking for "real" boys. Ladyboy prostitution, on the other hand, is still a grey zone somehow. While some ladyboy stunners may be real big cash earners (with regular "donations" from a handful of foreign boyfriends abroad) the vast majority of ladyboys is probably ever-struggling for money to pay for either drug consumption, sexy dresses, lipsticks and cosmetics or, last but not least, a new pair of boobs or a vagina.
There are no safety tips specific to Pattaya's ladyboys - same rules apply as when dealing with "ordinary" bar girls. Treat them correctly, pay what you have to pay, take care of your belongings and restrict yourself to a short-time session when picking up ladyboy prostitutes on Beach Road or similar non-bar fine protected areas. As most Pattaya ladyboys work as freelance prostitutes and aren't "registered" anywhere, your chances of finding the same ladyboy again are naturally very low if you should end up in trouble. Even safer: Only take ladyboys back to your hotel room who are regularly employed in bars; i.e. no freelancers!
As anywhere else in Pattaya, chances you end up in problems are the highest when you've had a few drinks too much and lost control of the situation, e.g. if you fall asleep after (or during) sex, in which case you shouldn't be surprised if you wake up without your mobile phone, wallet or digital camera. And if you really need to have a drink with your ladyboy in your room, be it before or after having sex, do make sure (s)he's got no chance to spike your drink!
Last but not least: Avoid violent confrontations with ladyboys!! As feminine as they might appear, physically katoeys are still boys who know not only how to defend themselves, but also how to attack effectively - possibly with the help of some high heels knocked over your head. As other disadvantaged groups, ladyboys in Pattaya are fairly well organized and usually hang out in groups. So, if you end up in trouble with one ladyboy, you should always be prepared for a whole bunch of big katoeys waiting just around the corner, ready to help their "sister."
Finally, not all ladyboys you come across in Pattaya are prostitutes. So, if you aren't really sure, treat them with the given respect before insulting him/her. Take care & good luck, sexy man!
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Pattaya Ladyboy Bars, Areas & Meeting Points
Alcazar & Tiffany Ladyboy Cabaret Theatres
These are neither GoGo bars nor ladyboy pick-up joints, but if you fancy professional Las Vegas-
style transvestite cabaret shows, performed by female impersonation artists, then you should not miss these two famous places.
Tiffany's and Alcazar have been in business for more than two decades and are renowned across the world for their fantastic, professional ladyboy shows and performances.
Both theatres are located on Pattaya Second Road - not far from the 'Central Festival Center' and Big C. They feature state-of-the-art light and sound technologies and have capacity for over 1,000 visitors each. Regular televised beauty pageants such as the "Miss International Queen" contest are additional attractions for visitors. The entry fee for both cabaret shows is around 500 Baht, with shows starting at about 18h every evening. More details at www.tiffany-show.co.th.
From the late evening till early morning hours, Pattaya's world-famous Walking Street is arguably the best place to meet ladyboys in Pattaya. Some of the younger "chicks with dicks" who teeter up and down Walking Street on their high heels, may be absolute stunners and, at least from the distance, look like the most gorgeous "ladies" you've ever come across in your life. Others just look like aged Asian drag queens. Most ladyboys in the area work as freelance hookers and chat tourists up at the the roadside or hang about at Pattaya's most favourite ladyboy meeting points.
Jenny Star Bar, a long and loud oval-shaped bar just below Marine Disco in the centre of Walking Street (on the right-hand side when coming from Pattaya Beach Road) has become an institution in Pattaya and is probably the best place to meet sexy she-males - though not the best place for a quiet chat. During the early morning hours, ladyboys come and go here, some extremely hot. If you want to pick up a horny she-male for a sexual experience of a more adventurous kind, or just indulge in the atmosphere of Pattaya's most famous ladyboy pick-up joint, then Jenny's Star Bar is the place to go. Linda Bar - about 50 meters up from Jenny Star Bar and on the same side - is an equally old institution which, on the downside, also shows on the quality of the "girls."
Ezy Bar on Soi BJ (off Walking Street), opened in 2008, is a new ladyboy bar in this area.
Most ladyboys you will meet in the Walking Street area are not regularly employed (so generally no "bar fines" to take one out of the bar) but just come in for a drink and then walk up and down Walking Street again, most in the area in front of Marine Disco. Many rent rooms in nearby apartments that they might offer to use for a short-time session.
If you are still too shy to enter ladyboy bars immediately, just walk around the area for a while or have a drink in one of the nearby straight bars (Lucky Star bar or those below Marine Disco) and watch Pattaya's ladyboy scene from a "safe" distance. Eventually you get chatted up anyway by a "girl" with big boobs and a suspiciously dark voice ...
Soi 6/Soi Yodsak
Soi 6 (aka Soi Yodsak) is a sidestreet between Pattaya Beach Road and Second Road in North Pattaya, lined by 50 or so "short-time" bars. Most Soi 6 bars get going at around 13h and close at around 1h. Most venues here cater to straight customers; however, more and more places these days also employ katoeys. While many bars feature a (for Pattaya newbies often opaque) mix of "real" girls and ladyboys, some bars are 100% dedicated to ladyboys now.
As the name says, short-time bars provide short-time sexual services, usually for up to one hour. Typical short-time bars are indoor bars with dark glass fronts, often tell-tale names, and always a handful of ladies in sexy dresses hanging about outside, trying to drag customers in. While the "regular" bar business takes place on the ground floor - including many girls to choose from - the upper floors provide basic guest rooms (shower and toilet often not in the rooms) where you can enjoy yourself discretely in the company of the lady(boy) of your choice. In that respect, short- time bars can be compared with intimate small brothels, and ladies working here also seem to be less shy and more "tame to the hand" than girls in regular beer bars. Most girls, and especially ladyboys working here, won't mind either if you "paw" them in the usually dark-lit bars, and some might even provide you with a hand- or blow-job in the discrete sofa corners which are so typical for the interior of Soi 6 venues. Bar fines are usually 300 Baht and typically include the room rental fee for an hour. Most ladyboys here will expect 700-1,000 Baht for sexual services.
While more and more bars on Soi 6 seem to employ a couple of ladyboys these days (e.g. Good Fellas near 2nd Road) the following places are among Pattaya's most popular ladyboy bars:
So What Bar - Popular LB short-time bar, on the left-hand side when coming from 2nd Road.
Hi Boss Bar, roughly in the centre of Soi 6, is a lounge-type set up with couches, a dancing pole and hi-backed chairs situated around a long bar. As most places on Soi 6, Hi Boss Bar opens at around 2pm early afternoon and closes at 1am, after which time the ladyboys usually hang about outside their venue or walk up and down Pattaya beach road in front of Soi 6.
Pook Ladyboy Bar - run by the same owners as its sister bar on Soi Buakhao - is also strictly dedicated to chrome pole-dancing ladyboys. Pook's is a big open bar with dancing stages on the first floor, open from 13h to 2am. Upon entering Pook's, a ladyboy-crazy English mate of mine once proclaimed: "This must be the best bar in town!" While this is obviously a matter of taste ... please visit their website for more info or to view photo galleries of their sexy staff.
Pattaya Beach Road
Pattaya Beach Road promenade at night, especially in the areas of Soi Yamato, Soi Post Office and Pattayaland, is a popular meeting point for Pattaya beach hookers and local ladyboys. They usually hang around in little groups and twitter unambigious pick-up lines to chat passers-by up. Apart from Walking Street and Soi 6, this is your safest bet on where to meet Pattaya ladyboys. Many guesthouses in the area (Soi Yamato) provide cheap short-time rooms for a quick session of ladyboy sex.
On the downside - South Pattaya's dimly-lit Beach Road promenade is also the area where most katoey-related crimes are reported: bag snatch cases, robberies, fights with aggressive ladyboys etc. At least once a week, a local newspaper will feature a story on a (usually drunk) tourist, who got robbed, attacked, or otherwise assaulted, by a bunch of ladyboys, beach hookers or teenage gangs on Pattaya's dimly-lit beach promenade. While touting for sexual services in public places is against Thai law (and authorities are well aware of the situation) police raids usually just result in charging the culprits a few hundred Baht. Therefore, do be careful when strolling along Pattaya Beach Road in the early morning hours, especially after you've had a few drinks, and keep an eye on your beach beauties' long-fingered hands to make sure that one isn't grabbing for your wallet, gold necklace etc. while the other one is rubbing your dick.
If a situation gets out of control (say, if you've turnt down an unambiguous offer and offended a ladyboy's pride) it's safer to leave the area quickly. Do not get into trouble and possibly end up confronted with a bunch of violent katoeys - possibly under the influence of yaba - beating you up with their fists and high heels.
Obviously you will not be required to pay a "bar fine" when picking up a freelance ladyboy hooker on Beach Road. Prices for sexual services, however, don't vary significantly from what you would have to pay for "regular" bar girls: 500 Baht or so for a short-time session, and around 1000 Baht for "long time" (all night). Also please note: When you pick up freelance prostitutes of whatever sex and take them back to your room, you might well save a couple of 100-Baht notes on bar fines. If you end up in trouble, however (e.g. you get robbed during your sleep, possibly after having been drugged), your chance to find the same lady(boy) again is nearly as low as zero.
Other Ladyboy Venues & Locations
A couple of bars and A-GoGo's on Soi Sunee Plaza, one of Pattaya's notorious gay areas, which frequently makes the headlines with underage boys, also employ ladyboys, some very young, so please check their ID cards before taking these fresh-from-the-village LB's back to your room.
Pook Bar on Soi Buakhao, operated by the same owners as Pook Ladyboy Bar, was a few years ago also converted into what has become one of Pattaya's most popular ladyboy bars now. The ground-floor outside bar also features dancing poles for their sexy "chicks with dicks". Lots of ladyboys (95%) plus a few girls. Room rental available in the guesthouse upstairs.
La Bamba Bar and Stringfellows AGogo on Soi 13/1 (aka Soi Yamato, north of the Royal Garden Plaza shopping mall) are two popular ladyboy bars in an otherwise "straight area". A new and also increasingly popular ladyboy bar is Sensations Bar in Action Street off Soi Buakhao (you can find a couple of sexy clips of Sensations Bar at this YouTube channel!) Though not actually a ladyboy bar, TJ's Bar in Naklua also seems to employ mostly katoeys these days.
Pattaya Obesessions on Pattayaland Soi 2 (next to the Penthouse Hotel) is a ladyboy nightclub and GoGo bar featuring sexy Thai she-male dancers and professional ladyboy shows.
As soon as the sun sets, a growing number of ladyboy freelancers can also be found along Jomtien Beach Road, mostly in the areas in front of Soi 5 or Soi 7. As with ladyboys on Pattaya Beach Road, however, there's no guarantee for your safety, even when you're just chatting.
How to Spot a Ladyboy as Pattaya Newbie?
While most Pattaya residents and "old hands" have probably developed an ability to recognize ladyboys even from the distance, Pattaya "newbies" are often at risk of making surprising and undesired (?) sexual encounters.
In fact, there are quite a few guys, who thought they had picked up the most gorgeous Thai lady, just to find out that their "chick" had a dick. So if you should be a first-time visitor, blinded by the omnipresent sight of female (or not so female) beauty in Pattaya, here are a few basic guidelines on how to spot a ladyboy and tell a kathoey from a "regular" Pattaya bar girl.
Thai ladyboys are probably the most attractive "women" you will come across in Thailand. Tall as supermodels and with perfectly-shaped silicon boobs, they're often more beautiful than the "real thing". What most ladyboys have in common is an unusually girlish behaviour and exaggarated sexy walk. Whereas some Pattaya bar girls walk like real yokels, most katoeys overdo the sexy walk on their high heels and walk like divas on a cat walk or a red carpet. Their often slutty dress style (short skirts, high heels, lots of lipstick and heavy make up) is another hint at a ladyboy.
In addition, while most girls in Pattaya - including those who have entered the sex trade and "sell pussy" - are usually rather shy and reserved when it comes to making contacts with strangers, a typical Thai ladyboy is anything but shy.
In fact, Pattaya ladyboys - especially those who work as hookers - are extremely straight-forward and often pushy when it comes to chatting with strangers on the street and making unambiguous sexual advances. To give an example, if you're walking along Pattaya Beach Road in the evening or early morning hours and suddenly face a sluttily dressed and tall creature with massive boobs and on high heels, who instantly offers you a blow-job, possibly right on the beach, then chances you are facing a ladyboy are 99% - no matter how sexy and feminine this beachfront beauty may look. (Most ladyboys also have a reputation for being more open-minded when it comes to rather "unusual" sex practices, e.g. sex in public places, anal sex, dildo play etc.)
Except from being taller, more "girlish" and less shy, ladyboys can easily be recognized by their unusually deep masculine voive, the large size of their feet and hands, shoulders wider than their hips and, in many cases, an Adam's Apple - although nowadays an Adam's Apple can be easily removed by cosmetic surgery. To sum up how to spot a Thai ladyboy:
- tall, big (silicon) boobs, little arse
- girlish behaviour, over-exaggerated body movements and sexy walk
- generally attractive and sexy; heavy make-up, slutty dress
- wide shoulders, big feet and hands, Adams's Apple
- less shy with sometimes "pushy" behaviour
- dark masculine voice
Pattaya Ladyboy Scene: Katoeys & She-Males in Pattaya
Introduction: Ladyboys in Pattaya What is a Ladyboy or Katoey? How to Spot a Ladyboy
Ladyboy Bars & Meeting Points Safety Tips for Ladyboy Lovers
Thai Ladyboys in Pattaya
As with all sexual preferences, Thai ladyboys aren't everyone's "cup of tea." Whereas some guys might swear they've had the hottest sex ever in Pattaya with a ladyboy, others might have been robbed by a gang of katoeys on Beach Road, or simply despise them as a matter of principle.
Ladyboys (or katoeys as the local she-males and transvestites are called in Thai) are a common feature of everyday life all over Thailand. Due to the tolerant nature of Buddhist culture, ladyboys, as well as gays or people with a bisexual orientation, are more visible and more accepted in Thai society than transvestites or transsexuals in most Western countries.
While the katoey phenomenon isn't restricted to urban areas and you can come across ladyboys in every small village of Isaan, tourist places like Pattaya or Bangkok - worldwide famous for their "naughty" nightlife - attract a large number of Thailand's unique "women of the second category". On this page, we'll tell you all you need to know about Pattaya's notorious ladyboys (LB's).
What is a Katoey? Transvestites, "Chicks with Dicks" & She-Males
So what exactly is a katoey or ladyboy and, most importantly, how can you tell a ladyboy from a "real" girl? Sometimes this challenge is not so easy for Pattaya newbies ...
First of all, there are three types of ladyboys representing different stages of gender change: (1) transvestites, (2) "she-males" (i.e. transsexual "chicks with dicks"), and (3) "post-OP ladyboys" who have undergone full sex reassignment and have a "hand-made" vagina instead of a penis.
(1) The first type are transvestites, i.e. physically normally developed men who simply dress and make up as women. While even those ladyboys - most of whom undergo a hormone replacement therapy but cannot afford to pay for a costly breast implantation or complete sex reassignment - may look extremely attractive in their fancy dresses and evening gowns, they are still 100% men physically, with only very small or no boobs at all.
The other two categories of Thai ladyboys have - partly - undergone plastic surgery and represent different stages of sex reassignment.
(2) Probably the most common type of a Thai ladyboy is best described as a she-male. That is a katoey, who has had his secondary sex characteristics modified and - thanks to plastic surgery - often has unusually big and perfectly-shaped breasts (while most Asian girls have small breasts). Whereas big boobs probably turn most "normal" men on, please remember that these seemingly perfect "women" still have a little (or not so little?) penis swinging between their thighs ... In other words, they're just "chicks with dicks"! These cross-gender creatures, combining the physical attractions of both sexes, provide the typical katoey experience most ladyboy lovers seem to be looking for.
(3) A third categoty of ladyboys are such katoeys, who have undergone the full sex reassignment procedure, and have also had their primary sex characteristics altered. Having had their penisses transformed into vaginas, ladyboys on this stage of sex change are physically complete women - except for the fact that they were born as men. Also referred to as "Post OP ladyboys".
Thailand has gained a reputation for medical tourism and cheap yet quality plastic surgery or sex reassignment. For Thai standards, however, a complete sex change is still extremely expensive; so most ladyboys in Pattaya are either simply transvestites (men dressed and made-up as girls) undergoing a hormone replacement therapy, or "transsexuals" who have had breasts created by plastic surgery. For most ladyboys, the final step is simply too expensive; and, let's face it,many LB lovers seem to prefer pre-OP ladyboys anyway because they like to be on the receiving end!
Tip: If you want to check whether a ladyboy's tits are "real" or if the bra has just been stuffed with textiles, don't be shy and grab for them! "Chicks with dicks" are the least shy ladyboys species; proud of their silicon breasts, they're usually happy to let you touch their boobies, or even show them to you before making your choice.
Most ladyboys will be honest and let you know whether they still have a penis or not (which, by the way, can be hidden away quite easily, so that "chicks with dicks" can wear sexy tight skirts and jeans without revealing their sexual identity. If so, they should readily offer you oral sex or a session "up the ass," and sometimes you might not even notice that you're actually dealing with a ladyboy? However, those ladyboys who have undergone a full sex change, might also still be too shy to display their new vagina and rather go for oral and anal satisfaction as well.)
Thai ladyboys are famous for their sexy looks and their potential to offer you a sexual experience of a "different" and slightly sleazier kind. Born as true men, some say, katoeys know best how to satisfy a man using all parts (and holes!) of their bodies. Because of their sexual condition, many ladyboys are also said to be ready for sexual experiments that a standard Thai bar girl may find disgusting - anal/oral sex, dildo play, and other less ordinary sex practices. Many ladyboys also have massive (silicon) breasts - a sexual stimulus most ordinarily-equipped Thai girls can't offer.
Just like many Thai women enter prostitution in Pattaya, many Thai ladyboys work as freelance prostitutes on Pattaya Beach Road or Walking Street. Others have "regular" jobs in beer bars or AGoGo bars where they often mix with "real" girls, sometimes making it difficult to decide if that half-naked, big-busted hottie is Pattaya's latest candidate for the "Miss Thailand" beauty contest or just a convincingly made-up "bloke with boobs"?
Those ladyboys who don't work as prostitutes (often to re-pay costly sex reassignments) usually work in traditionally feminine occupations such as hairstylists in beauty salons, shop vendors or waitresses - whereas more talented katoeys may seek a job as show dancer in one of Pattaya's world-famous transvestite cabaret theatres - Alcazar and Tiffany. Of course, many ladyboys still freelance as part-time hookers in Pattaya's notorious discotheques or ladyboy meeting points on Walking Street to earn a few extra Baht on the nightshift ...
This means, you could bump into a ladyboy in the next best 7-eleven store, as well as as come across a stunning tall "bar girl" (just with a suspiciously dark voice and an Adam's Apple) in any bar or nightclub in town. On top of that, there are special entertainment and nightlife areas (Soi 6, Walking Street, or Pattaya Beach Road after sunset) where - although they're not specifically designated to katoeys - ladyboys can be found in abundance.
However, depending on your sexual flavour, it is important to know that not all Thai ladyboys are equally equipped physically. So before you take the next best katoey back to your room, there are a few details you should know ...
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