What’s better than a day of parachute
flying, eating seafood, and walking along the sandy shores
A night of dancing, drinking, and
mingling with transvestites!
Ah. Even before coming to Thailand, I’ve
known that besides its ornate temples, its exotic beaches,
its elephants, its rubies, Thailand is famous for its
Rumored to be the world’s most beautiful,
Thai’s girls can be seen at airports, supermarkets, and if
you look carefully, besides you on the streets. I was a
little shocked at the airport when at first I saw three
pretty girls in fashionable outfits coming towards me, and
suddenly I heard a raspy masculine voice coming from one of
Here, the girls are not detectable. Their
transformation is so complete and perfect that sometimes
they look more womanly than natural women. In fact, no one
looks down upon them, no discrimination, no weird eye, just
the people’s acceptance and their nickname as the “second
When the tour guide told us we were going
to go to a transvestite night club, I was surprised by the
boldness, but also it totally piqued my curiosity.
We took a boat out to the middle of the
water where suddenly, what I thought was an extension of the
shore, I realized the colorfully lighted house was in fact a
big ship buoying freely in the ocean.
As I stepped off our little boat and
walked through the doors held by gloved and bow-tied tuxedo
men, a cold rush of dry air-conditioning and loud pumping
disco music simultaneously greeted me.
It was like a regular night club,
complete with drinking contests, dancing crowds, poles,
lights, and pounding fast music, but the only difference was
the transvestite showgirls walking around in flashy gowns
and bikinis, taking pictures and grabbing people to dance
All of them were gorgeous, tall,
curvaceous, and too perfect to be real women. I guess that’s
how you could tell between real women and ‘second women;’
the latter were closer to perfection.
At first, I was a little shy to be
staring at them, but then the tour guide told us they want
the attention and are proud of their bodies. I took pictures
with this really beautiful girl and later she grabbed me to
It was so ridiculous to think about, a
roomful of professional transvestite showgirls, tour groups,
locals, and bouncer-like big men all in one room. But there,
in Thailand, it felt so normal, so absolutely the best way
to spend a night in the city.
Well, what happens in Pattaya, stays in