When most people think of a Red Light District, there's a very good possibility they may think it's a kinda place where fairly standard vices and activities such as what might take place in night clubs, strip clubs, go-go bars, ping-pong shows,drinking bars and even a locality whereoccasional prostitution takes place.
However, for most people, this general view is relatively tame. And by this I mean - you couldn't be further away from the truth, especially in Thailand. And the adult playgrounds of Bangkok are no exception.
Some people equate their red light district experiences with gambling dens, street markets or even expat meeting places where drinking with friends at ordinary downtown bars such as the ones in Bangkok. After going out in Thailand, though, you might have a more interesting (or more traumatic) story to tell, and if this is so, I would love to hear and share your encounters - be it enjoyable or otherwise.
When you're on vacation in a location as unique and, to some, exotic as
Thailand, there are certain things that you ought to be prepared for.
Some might refer to these things as culture shock, though really this
term might not do all of them justice. If you have ever been out in one
of Thailand's red light districts, you probably understand exactly what
this means or you need to get streetwise.
The Author with Thai Ladyboys
Red Light District - Ladyboys
what makes these sexy hot spots of Thailand so unique, you might ask?
One word: ladyboys. Strip teases and prostitution are fairly regular
activities in the red light districts all over the world, and transgender
and hermaphroditic prostitutes do exist elsewhere, but nowhere are they
as prevalent or, frankly, as outgoing, as they are in Thailand. This
creates an interesting dilemma. Some sex tourists head to clubs and other nightlife
destinations in Thailand specifically seek ladyboys of the night - but others
may be in for a bit of a shock.
fact is, ladyboys are too many and specifically to a large portion of
Japanese nightlife clients, something of a sexual delicacy. Many of the clubs in Thailand
feature exclusively ladyboy prostitutes (though sometimes many of them
are pre-op) and charge various rates for spending time with them, taking
them out of the club, or even spending whole nights with them. These
clubs are hotspot destinations for those who are specifically looking
for ladyboy prostitutes. However, ladyboys are also prominent in clubs
without such specific clientele.
Thai Ladyboywith my Niece
real statistic worth knowing (though there is no definite number) is
that the majority of nightclubs in Thailand's red light regions, and
most notably in places such as Patpong, Nana Entertainment Plaza, and Soi Cowboy, employ at least a few
ladyboys. While the ladyboys here might be recognizable or even sought after by certain interested parties, many unsuspecting individuals won't know the
fact, the entire reason that Thailand is known specifically for its
ladyboys - in addition to the fact that they feature more prominently
than in other areas, is that many consider them nothing short of
beautiful. This means, to the average client without experience in the
area, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a ladyboy and a
real lady! And here's the most important thing to know: a ladyboy being paid
for sex will take absolute advantage of an unsuspecting or unaware
customer. It's something you need to be aware of.
Spot the Thai Ladyboy
Can you spot the ladyboy, also known as a katoey in the photo above.
To make things easier for you, I'll give you a bit of a clue. The little
devil in the middle is my niece. Now that cannot be too difficult can it.
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