For Thai standards, however, a complete sex change is still extremely expensive and reportedly costs anything between 45,000 and 320,000 Baht.
So before you take the next best or ladyboy and, most importantly, how can you tell a ladyboy from a “real” girl?
That’s a challenge not so easy to complete for many Pattaya newbies.
Just like many Thai women who have come to work as prostitutes in Pattaya, many Thai ladyboys work as freelance prostitutes on Pattaya Beach Road or Walking Street.
Others have “regular” jobs in beer bars or Go Go bars where they often mix with the “real” girls and sometimes make it hard for punters to decide if that half-naked, big-busted hottie is Pattaya’s latest candidate for the “Miss Thailand” contest or just a convincingly made-up bloke with boobs?
Although not specifically designated to ladyboys, especially the areas of Soi 6, Walking Street, or Pattaya Beach Road after sunset, attract a disproportionally large number of ladyboy sex workers.
Pattaya ladyboys who do not work as prostitutes (often to re-pay a costly sex reassignment) usually work in traditionally feminine occupations like hairstylists in beauty salons, shop vendors or waitresses; while more talented may seek a job as show dancer in one of Pattaya’s world-famous transvestite cabaret theatres.
Because of their sexual condition, many ladyboys are also said to be ready for sexual experiments that a “standard” Thai bar girl may dislike and object to, for example, anal play and other “less ordinary” sex practices.
Many Pattaya ladyboys also have massive silicone breasts – an additional sexual stimulus most ordinarily-equipped Thai girls simply can’t offer.
While some Pattaya bar girls walk like real yokels, most overdo the sexy walk on their high heels and walk like divas on a red carpet.