Bangkok bar girls :
About Lady Boys (Katoeys)
The above surgery is performed rather frequently. One supposed reason being that there is less importance given to psychological evaluation before surgery as done in the West. The prove that some of these persons have psychological problems is clearly found in the fact that a lot of them end up in the sex trade, rather than leading an otherwise normal life.
There used to be a time when most of the larger bars at Nana Plaza (and some at Soi Cowboy) had a contingent of lady boys. Possibly they were kind of liked by management because they were rather agressive in promoting themselves with the customers, thus generating income for the bars. On the other hand, they were more likely to generate trouble in and out of the bars. Some customers probably got more than they bargained for, when seeing their 'lady' emerge from the bathroom in the hotel. So nowadays lady boys have mostly disappeared from the regular a-go-go bars.
The main problem with lady boys in the bars was deception. While some customers may prefer their presence and services, a lot of first time visitors somehow fail to distinguish between them and 'normal' women. And the lady boy will certainly not tell them what they are.
But for those who prefer their services, the three floors
at Nana Plaza have bars that solely have katoeys working in them. The
longest established bar is Casanova on the second floor. At present also
Obsession on the ground floor, and Cascade on the third floor, have lady
boys in abundance.
At Soi Cowboy, lady boys are less prevalent. However, there are a few of them working at the Soi 23 end of the soi. If you leave Soi Cowboy from that corner alone, you should not be surprised when followed, touched, by lady boys, wanting your attention.
How to recognize lady boys or katoeys. The answer :
It is like distinguished between men and women, or between cats and dogs.
You know what is a cat or a dog, when you see it, without needing to go
over their different body parts before making a decision.
As an added precaution : Most of the katoeys working the streets do so in groups. So while you may be talked to by one person, more are observing you all around, and may try to join the action. The katoeys close to Nana Plaza reportedly also have been known to be good pickpockets.
Recommended hotels around Nana Plaza
Hotel (opposite Nana Plaza),
Landmark Hotel (very close to Nana Plaza), from 98 US$
Manhattan (short taxi ride), from 19 US$
Amari Boulevard (very close to Nana Plaza), from 59 US $
Grande Sukhumvit (walking distance,
also close to Soi Cowboy),
Zenith Sukhumvit Hotel (soi 3, walking distance to Nana Plaza, and Bumrungrad Hospital), from 36 US$
(rates dependent upon exchange rates)