Wherever you go in Thailand you’re likely to come across ladyboys and Samui is no exception. They tend to congregate in tourist areas where they are likely to get more attention. Many work in bars, trying to be picked up, but you’ll also come across them working in restaurants, tourist services and hotels or guesthouses.
Samui ladyboys are easy to pick up if you fancy something kinky, since many try to snag a foreigner boyfriend, or at least earn some money off their sexy bodies as the girls do. Often they are more sexy than real girls, certainly more forward and, judging by the number of them on the prowl, are popular with some punters.
Often you might not even notice the girl you’re talking to is, in fact, a man. Thais pull of the transsexual game very convincingly, and are lucky to live in a country were people, in general, are very tolerant and accepting of this ‘third sex’. With their slight builds, good looks and femininity, many boys can easily pass off as gorgeous girls. They are conscientious workers, can speak passable English, and are generally presentable and manage to fool some completely!
Spotting ladyboys in Samui isn’t difficult. It soon becomes apparent that their hips are unusually narrow, their feet a tad too big and their voices unnatural. The ‘adams apple’ test doesn’t always work, and many have had convincing breast enlargements and pull off feminine nature very well owing to a strict diet of hormone supplements. But ultimately, Thai ladyboys give themselves away by trying too hard to be feminine.
Where to meet ladyboys in Samui
Wherever there is a bar girl scene you’ll find ladyboys. This means you’ll certainly find some in Lamai and Chaweng, which have the busiest go go scene. Some bars are staffed by ladyboys only, yet these are fairly obviously because the ‘ladies’ are usually taller and are far more forward and friendly. Others tend to trawl the streets in these areas, offering quick blowjobs or a suggestion of ‘I go with you!’
For some ladyboys, working in this scene is a means to raise money for their ‘operation’, for very few can afford the full sex change. With their augmented breasts and sexy figures, they find a steady stream of foreigners wanting to try out something kinky. What they actually get up to when they go home with one isn’t clear, but if you did take one back to your hotel the only heads that will turn are those of other foreigners, many unaware that she is actually a he.
Thai ladyboys in Samui expect similar fees to bar girls, namely a 300 baht bar fine and 1,000 baht for ‘short time’. They seldom hang around all night and are usually more negotiable than girls. One word of warning though, they do have a reputation for theft. While you’ll seldom have to worry about taking a female stranger back to your room in Thailand, reports of ladyboys drugging their customers and/or stealing, or getting violent, are more common. If they have to leave their ID at the hotel reception and have been taken from a specific bar, you can relax.