Thai ladyboys are as much a part of the social fabric of Chiang Mai as they are in other parts of the country. They can be found in bars, on the streets, in restaurants and hotels, you name it. Thai ladyboys Chiang Mai are also open to prostitution and are similarly priced to the bar girls here.
While there are few ladyboy-only bars in Chiang Mai, many of the regular beer bars will usually have one or more working there. Some of these are passable as girls—especially after a few beers—while others are obvious men in drag, complete with stubble and hairy fingers.
The best place to find ladyboys in Chiang Mai is in the entertainment centre on Loi Kroh Road and in the nearby gay-centric area on Thapae Soi 1, which is close to the Night Bazaar.
As with elsewhere in Thailand, nobody’s bothered about ladyboys in Chiang Mai and no-one will care that you have one on your arm. They do sometimes have a reputation as being bad elements (pickpocketing tourists), but this is generally caused by the few causing havoc for the many. Though this happens, and usually when picked up off the street, they are nothing like the bad eggs in Bangkok or Pattaya.
Ladyboys typically look like bigger versions of bar girls. They tend to be slimmer around the hips, are usually taller and may have an adam’s apple. The ones who really make the effort may have had this worked on, along with breast enlargement and the taking of hormone supplements. Most in Chiang Mai have retained their meat ‘n two veg!
Unfortunately, there’s no way to mask the voice and many of them can be instantly found out by their deep tones. Perhaps the most obvious sign is that they cannot get the gait of a woman right and try too hard. They are also typically pushier and may get right in your face when on the street. That said, others are almost part of the background scenery and will wait for you to approach.
How to meet ladyboys
Visit the bars on Loi Kroh Road (south of Thapae Gate and east of the moat), including the Chiang Mai Entertainment Centre. There’s a bar in here full of them, providing the nightly cabaret near the boxing ring. The gay area near the Night Market, on Thapae Soi 1, is also a good bet, as are any of these streets by night, including behind Thapae Gate and along Moon Muang. The late night discos, such as Spicy and Lucky Bar, are also a magnet for them.
It works the same as with the bar girls. When you meet Thai ladyboys Chiang Mai, simply get chatting over a drink and he/she will no doubt get onto the subject of going back to your room. If in a bar, you’ll need to pay a bar fine (usually 300 baht) and pay for the jolly in the morning. It’s about 1,000 short-time (two hours) and 1,000-2,000 for all night. Ladyboys on the street may even do it for 500 baht all night, but be wary of these.
While some Thai ladyboys in Chiang Mai come on strong, others—which you might meet in a nightclub, for instance—are just like normal girls and are easy to talk to. You may actually get on with them better than the girls as you have more in common and they can drink beer. Many go this approach and say the sex is great as you have more options, so to speak. It is worth checking with them first what they will and won’t do (don’t be shy) as some may not give and take, though it is a given that all smoke.