By Kevin (from the UK)
My first Phuket ladyboy experience started almost one year ago when a long standing friend of mine decided to visit me from the UK.
I had known Andy for nearly thirty years and was sad to hear that he and his wife had decided to end their marriage.
Always looking for ways to help out my friends, I decided to offer him the opportunity to come and visit me in Phuket for a month.
I had enough room in my home and was looking forward to spending some time with an old friend from back home. I helped him to arrange his flights and organised a private car to collect him from the airport. He was in great spirits when he arrived at my home and we decided to go into town and visit some bars.
This was the first time that Andy had visited Thailand and he was keen to enjoy himself. Having heard about the nightlife and party scene, he was particularly looking forward to experiencing the bars.
Our first afternoon was spent with me showing him the sights which basically comprised of bars, bars and more bars. We decided to return home and change clothes before visiting Bangla Road later in the night.
On the way home, Andy was particularly interested in Thai ladyboys. He had seen programs on TV back in the UK and was keen to visit a ladyboy bar. This surprised me somewhat as Andy has never been the type of guy to be interested in something like that.
I agreed to take him to a ladyboy bar on Bangla Road later that night.
I would consider myself to be an open minded individual and having lived in Phuket for a number of years, nothing really shocks me. However, what I was to experience that night proved to me that the Thai nightlife never fails to amaze.
We had already visited a bunch of bars on Rat-U-Thit Road when Andy reiterated his desire to visit a ladyboy bar. We jumped on a tuk tuk and set off for Bangla Road – the main nightlife hotspot in Patong, Phuket for anyone unfamiliar with the place.
I had visited the bar before with friends and always had an enjoyable time joking with the Phuket ladyboys who worked there. It was something a bit different and a fun time was always guaranteed.
Andy seemed to particularly enjoy his time in there and I began to consider the possibility that he may be a little more intrigued by the transsexual scene than he was prepared to admit.
We discussed this in the next bar we visited but he continued to deny it. As can happen in Patong, we somehow got split up and despite my phone-calls to Andy’s phone, I could not get in touch with him, so I decided to visit some more bars in the hope of bumping into him during the course of the night.
After a few hours I decided to call it a night and made my way back to the entrance of Bangla Road. Strolling past the ladyboy bar I noticed Andy in a somewhat compromising situation...
Tapping him on the shoulder, he was a little shocked to see me as he thought that I had already returned home. “This is not what it looks like” he protested. I explained to him that if he was happy then I was happy.
It was like a weight had been lifted from his shoulders. He paid a bar fine for his chosen Phuket ladyboy, and arranged to meet a number of others in one of the discos later.
Patong does not really begin come alive until relatively late and it was just after midnight when we entered one of the discos. A short time later, the ladyboys from the bar joined us.
Some of the visitors to Phuket find something odd about a man being attracted to a ladyboy. Whilst it is not my preference, I have no problem whatsoever with the situation and I must admit that I did have one of the best nights of my time in Thailand during the course of that night.
Away from their bars, Phuket ladyboys really open up and are happy to talk about their physical and mental journey through life. Perhaps it is the discrimination that they have encountered during their lives, but they have such a carefree attitude and do not place much emphasis on the opinions of others towards them.
After dancing and drinking until the sun started to rise, we decided to take the party back to my home. I learned a lot about their mind-set and how they dealt with prejudice.
I was particularly interested to hear about the times when they had to reveal all to their families. Some of their families had been fully supportive whilst others had virtually disowned them in shame. I found the latter situation quite sad.
Things did not quite work out with Andy and the ladyboy from Bangla Road. They worked at a relationship for a week or so but there did not appear to be enough to convince Andy to commit.
He has, however, moved to Phuket full-time and now works as an English tutor in a local school. He has been with 'Apple' for nearly three years now and I have never seen him more content.
Apple is a pre-op ladyboy which means that she has not completed the full surgery process as yet. Together with my current girlfriend, the four of us enjoy travelling to different places throughout Thailand. Apple is undoubtedly the joker of our group and always brings a smile to our faces.
The first time I saw her in a bikini was particularly memorable and amusing. I still do not know how much tape she needed to use to conceal her masculinity so to speak.
Phuket ladyboys love to perform and be the centre of attention. They are much more feminine, in my opinion, than their female counterparts. This can provide some excellent entertainment.
During a visit to Koh Samet, Apple had an entire bar in uproar as she performed some of Madonna’s greatest hits on the karaoke. This is just another example of the type of person that Apple is.
The less touristic areas of Thailand can be introverted places, where the expression of feelings can be frowned upon in some circles. Places like Phuket offer much more freedom to be oneself, and I wish both her and Andy all the happiness in the world.
Andy is now facing the task of breaking the news to his friends and family back home in the UK.
Whilst I don’t envisage any problems, I can understand his anxiety. He has two children from a previous relationship and he is a little concerned about how they will react.
I have explained to him that times are changing. The younger generation is much more accepting than previous generations and the world is such a diverse place now. I hope that his friends and family take the time to get to know Apple and realise how happy she makes Andy.
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