Nok Yollada

A world of difference While some people just hope for change, others, such as Yollada Suanyot, work for it Girl and boy. Beauty and brains. Money making and social benefit generating. After all these years, Yollada “Nok” Suanyot has grown up and become a good mix of many opposites. “I have become a lot more mature and decisive during the past years. In the past, my jobs only dealt with physical appearance. Each day when I woke up, I only thought of how to make myself look good and appealing to others, because it’s part of my jobs in showbiz. Now things have considerably changed and I look at the world from a totally different perspective,” said Yollada, founder and president of the Transfemale Association of Thailand. First introduced to the public as Miss Apza Transvestite (Miss Alcazar Purple Star Award) in 2005, two years later the beauty queen became an artist with Venus Flytrap – Thailand’s first katoey band with a record deal. Several years later, she transformed herself into a human rights activist by founding the Transfemale Association of Thailand and introducing to Thai society the concept of “transfemale” which she referred to as a person being born female, but trapped in a male’s body. And today, the now 30-year-old is wearing many different hats. Aside from running her own jewellery business and a jewellery channel aired via local satellite, Yollada is now working as one of the 24 members of the Nan Provincial Administrative Organisation (PAO). Elected last year, her job is to oversee and inspect whether the provincial management’s works are appropriate and transparent. A...

How to Buy the Book

Bangkok Baby is the Inside Story of Ladyboys the popular TV series.
The story relates one man’s experiences after arriving in Bangkok in 2010.

Ladyboys the Documentary

Ladyboys the TV show began like this: Evening on Convent Street in Silom.
It’s hot, fucking hot and humid and just getting dark and I am sweating as I listen to question after question as we stand on the road together.

Thailand: Everyman

She is back in my bed again.
She is back in my heart again.
As we exit the MRT at Huay Kwang the sky is heavy.
‘It rain’, she says.
‘Storm come’, I say.
I ask her why she wants to pray.
‘I think you know Dawid’.
I have no idea but I feel nervous for a reason I cannot tell.

Annie Andasuk.

Annie’s tight, round ass is rolling in time with the Isaan music blasting across the seated throng. You hold her hips clad in her little denim shorts. She dances raising her hands in the archetypal V sign adopted by all Thai people. She thrusts her ass in your face, laughs and tells you she loves you as you kiss and drink together.

What does ‘Sabai’ mean?

I look at her one last time before leaving. Her smooth skin, provocative neo-amazonian jaw-line and her bottom, stealing from beneath the covers like my favourite little moon. A glimpse of pubic hair on a round little olive belly as the music begins playing through my earphones and I close the door on the best girl I have ever known.

What’s Pattaya Like?

The lights of Pattaya reflect off the water and add colour to the velvet blackness of the night. It’s 1 am and the rooftop pool is a languid green. It’s a tiny lagoon about 12 metres square trapped between the thrusting towers of the surrounding hotels clawing their way toward the sky. The Pattaya city lights are changing colour and glowing,  flashing in the darkness, sending out sparks. We catch the tiny elevator downstairs still in our swim wear. The door opens and we are caught snogging by a fat, rural Russian and his fatter wife. This gives me great pleasure and amusement and for the first time in Pattaya we make a Russian look away. England 2, Russia 0. Get in there! Back on 2nd road another Russian steps so close to me that I say, ‘ what do you want?’ He lurches and looks surprised. There are so many of them and they are everywhere. This is no longer ‘our’ place. The Western star is waning. The Slavs all stare and stare with no sense of grace or warmth or even sentience. They stare at Annie because they have never seen anything like her and they stare at me because in their own hideous country anyone different is likely to be hunted down and attacked. Physically handicapped people, gays and people of colour stay indoors. Neo-Nazi skinhead groups roam the streets of Moscow looking for someone to vent their anger, frustration and dissolution on. It is however a country of great contradictions. The Russian soul is indeed a beautiful thing, sad and yearning for a lost age...

The Silver Bullet

I had a reckoning in Bangkok late last night.
Travis rode the silver bullet over the Chonburi state line to be where the action was.
Across the city Beauty shares a cab with J to the hangout on 22.
The made men sit drinking warm beer in the evenings soft heat
The New Yorker pulls into town figures it all out from the signs in the book of Leviticus.
He carries it for the benefit of the strangers that sojourn in this holy land. Keeping the laws of the jungle at bay is a life’s work.

Bangkok-Day One

I knew something big was going to happen today.
I came up from a deep sleep to alert, gasping for breath. I was dreaming about falling and just before I hit the ground I woke up . . . and started laughing to myself . . . I couldn’t stop laughing. I was lying in the bedroom of the Royal Asia Hotel, Sukhumvit soi 8, Bangkok.

Bangkok Tattoo

In the cab you look at her face again and you want her, in the worst way a man can want a Ladyboy. Her lipstick is ‘fuck-me red’ and you play your dirtiest arse-fucking video through one time in your head. You and she are the stars of the show.

Bangkok Love Story

The sound of a farang shouting at a bar girl who has poured too much coke in his drink makes you look to your left and the Big Dog bar.
The girl speaks no English so perhaps this is among her first weeks in Bangkok.