REPORTS PUBLISHED IN PREVIOUS TRANNY GUIDES
say that Pattaya is the sex city of the world. As my experience
of dens of inequity is extremely limited, I can only say
that if there are other centres with greater notoriety,
then lead on....
My first visit to Pattaya
was part of a world trip in 1999. I stayed there just
one night with the sole purpose of photographing the Alcazar
ladyboy show. You may recall my write up
in edition 8 of the Tranny Guide.
I hadn't appreciated, was that there are also the Tiffany
show and Simon Cabaret. So I set
my sights on photographing all three on a return trip.
Tiffany is the original
show and is equalled by Alcazar, in grandeur and spectacle.
Simon is located in the wonderfully named Walking Street
and whilst the building is not so grand, the show is well
arrived at Bangkok airport on 21st November and as there
were no buses at 6am, I shared a taxi to Pattaya, a journey
of 2 hours. I had booked my accommodation over the Internet
but alas when I finally arrived, found it to be a pretty
seedy gay hotel. This goes to prove the strength and deceit
of marketing. The place was depressing and I had to get
out. Fortunately, I had met a transsexual whilst I was
working as receptionist for Dr Russell Reid in London,
who was going out to the ‘Suporn Clinic’ near Pattaya
for her Gender Reassignment Surgery and whilst out there
she had met Christine, an English transsexual who has
lived in Pattaya for two years. I had Christine's number
and telephoned. Help!
Within a few hours, I was
installed in the Welcome Plaza
Hotel 213 Pattaya 2nd Road, Pattaya. Thailand
20260 Tel (038)424765 in the centre of Pattaya. Christine
turned out to be an angel. The first few days of my stay,
she introduced me to clubs and bars, which were TG friendly
and some good eating. Alas, she had to return to the UK
on business and left me to my own devices but no worry,
I am quite used to my devices!
is surprising, is the near absence of ‘Katoeys’ (Ladyboys)
on the streets in the daytime. There were quite a few
operating commercially down on the Beach Road at night
but the place wasn't swarming with them as I had imagined
but then I possibly didn't notice, as they really are
very, very feminine.
My hotel was about eight
years old and comfortable with a large swimming pool.
It is also beautifully positioned for access to shops,
beaches and nightlife. The cost was £12 per night but
this can vary depending on the time of year. The climate
was perfect, although for shrinking violets, the mid day
temperatures of around 35 degrees Celsius may be overwhelming.
I found it best to sit in the shade on the gay area of
‘Jomtien Beach’ at these times, and relax chatting to
all and sundry-a lot of European ex pats.
is widely spoken but alas the Thais are not very fluent
and this leads to endless complications and muddles. For
example, on registering at my hotel, I indicated that
I might upgrade my already spacious room and later got
a call from Reception asking if I would like to "share"
one of their suites and that I had to make a decision
by 9pm. They gave me the suite number, which I called
from my room. I was answered by a very sexy Japanese voice.
There then followed the most inane conversation, as neither
party understood the other. I established later that the
Receptionist had asked if I wanted to "transfer" to the
suite which was being vacated at nine o'clock! I am sure
he had said 'share'.
The hotel clientele was
extremely interesting, mostly comprising of older men
with the most gorgeous little Thai girls hanging onto
their hands and others had little boys. I was in for an
education. The hotel staff soon put me down as a weirdo
as I kept coming back to my room on my own and this was
considered to be very strange behaviour. It took me my
whole stay to win them over, and not by taking anyone
back to my room, but for sheer persistence at being happy
and cheerful without the need of little girls, boys (and
the bigger variety of each), alcohol, drugs or Mac Donald's.
is a night city and is fantastic to wander around. Shops
close at midnight with food markets for the locals staying
open into the early hours. Hawkers selling their wares
are everywhere. However I found Pattaya less harrowing
than Bangkok where you get pestered all the time to buy.
There are a myriad of bars and eateries to feed the masses
and umpteen shows to satiate every desire.
interest was in the three major:
cabarets Alcazar, 78/14 M 9 Pattaya 2nd Road,
Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi. Tel.410225
Show is in Walking Street
Show, Tiffany's Building, 464 MOO 9 Pattaya2nd
Road, Pattaya City. Tel. 421700.
I was accorded the utmost
courtesy by each of them when I asked if I could photograph
their shows for the Tranny Guide. Each show was fantastic
in it's own way and my photos give a flavour of the sheer
professionalism in which they show off their Ladyboys.
The costumes are out of this world (and to die for). They
have a wonderful variety of routines incorporating the
Thai sense of humour and also culture from their own and
neighbouring countries. Bus loads, and I mean busloads,
of tourists fill the auditoriums three times a night.
Very big business.
this report we have included Nikki’s pictures of the girls
that she became friendly with “off stage”