I have noticed a number of ladyboys over the years who seem to be cut from different cloth than the omnipresent bargirl or go-go types who tend to often have similar cosmetically enhanced features and a daring style of dress only ever at home in a bar or on a Bangkok street corner.
Let’s refer to these very different Ladyboys as ‘professional girlfriends’.
They are not naive village girls either. These girls know how to carry themselves. They know how to dress and apply make-up. They understand subtlety and class to some degree. I think it’s innate as I have met a few who have only been in Bangkok a short time, too short to pick up city smarts. Some never do and will still be found in the same bar in ten years sporting the same kind of cheap but slutty dress from Huay Kwang market or Platinum Mall.
Does their style and visible ‘class’ mark them out as candidates for a real relationship and does their behaviour and nature make them different from the street whores?
You won’t find these girls on a street corner or a bar but you will find lots on ThaiFriendly and dating sites.
They may come down to Bangkok to meet you stranger after a brief but steamy exchange of impassioned messages and chats on the Line app. You may have been persuaded to visit Thailand by these fond and sometimes lewd online assignations or you may already live here. Either way, this angel will stay in your hotel for a few days, weeks until you tire of her or propose (an arrangement, not a marriage). You will fulfill the palpable and corporeal promise of the previously ether bound salaciousness. It will be marvelous!
What separates her from the agents of whoredom?
No money has been pressed into her delicate hand, you say, and that may be true, but is it, really?
Food, goods, presents, shopping trips. . . all these things are in the domain of the girlfriend, are they not. The whore seeks only hard cash . . . . . .not in Thailand, my friend.
Perhaps she is playing a different game? Perhaps she loves you? Perhaps she really wants a boyfriend, financial security and a life together . . . .don’t we all?
These girls are smart and beautiful and that is what makes them so attractive. Not for them Beach Road, Pattaya, not for them Soi Nana after midnight has come around. By then they will be enjoying drinks with their latest paramour at Eight on 11.