Phuket is one of the best places in Thailand to pick up a ladyboy, after Bangkok and Pattaya, and they are a big hit with come curious visitors. Known as the ‘third sex’, most of them are, in fact, with penis and enjoy it both ways. Thai ladyboys Phuket are among the prettiest in the country and there are plenty of bars in Patong to find them.
Also often known as katoeys, shemales, shims or transvestites, only a very small number of Phuket ladyboys are full transsexuals (sans penis), but if you’re into experimenting, it is best to check with them first. While Phuket ladyboys have been known to dupe some visitors into taking them back to their room (or, at least, this is the excuse many guys come out with), it is not hard to tell them apart.
Thai males are quite effeminate anyway – often without facial and chest hair and sometimes even coming with rounded hips. They have a head start on Western shemales for sure, plus many of them undergo hormone therapy (oestrogen) and breast enlargement. In addition, they are readily accepted in Thai society and can be seen working all types of jobs – hotel receptionists and waitresses, et cetera.
As with the bar girls, ladyboys make money mostly from having sex with Western men. They work the bars and go gos in the straight and gay areas of Phuket and will go home with you at the drop of a hat, most of the time. Thai ladyboys Phuket are similarly priced to the girls and you will also end up buying them drinks and paying bar fines.
Where to find Phuket ladyboys
They are all over the main resorts areas, especially in Patong and particularly Soi Paradise and Bangla Road. You’ll find them in regular ‘girlie’ beer bars, in go go bars and in ladyboy-only bars. There are also many ladyboys working the streets around Bangla and in the discos, although taking one not associated with a bar is not recommended because of the added risk of being drugged and robbed (this happens!).
Ladyboys are generally easy to tell apart, even after a few beers. Don’t believe those fellas who claim that they can’t tell! Many are very pretty, but this is more a Thai trait in general, though the hips are always more slender, the hands bigger, breasts either completely flat or poking your eyes out, and that voice! The eyes also tend to be wrong plus the obvious gait is also a dead giveaway–they often try too hard to be girls. Ladyboys are also typically pushier than the girls, especially on the street.
Ladyboy bars in Phuket
Most ladyboys in Phuket work the bars on Bangla Road (Soi Bangla). Although the de facto gay area in Patong is Soi Paradise, most can be found in Bangla:
Soi Crocodile on Bangla Road is the main ladyboy focal point. There are bars full of them on this small street along Bangla, with the stage at the front regularly hosting prancing shemales. As a result, this soi is also known as Soi Katoey. Popular bars in here are the Rasta Bar and the Point Bar.
Soi Seadragon is another good option for Thai ladyboys Phuket. It is a smart soi on Bangla Road that has been refurbished and comes with two floors of bars. Regular bars have ladyboys in, as do some of the go gos. Soi Vegas is best known for the ladyboy-centric Cocktails & Dreams.