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While Thailand and the Philippines do have similarly large ladyboy populations these two Asian countries are in fact quite different, and you’ll find some noticeable differences in the kind of ladyboys and culture you’ll experience in each. This is not to say that one is better but depending on who you are, what you like, and what you are looking for, you may find your prefer one over the other.
When it comes to physical attraction and femininity the Thai ladyboys arguably have the edge. This is not to say that the Thai ladyboys are naturally more beautiful than their Filipina sisters, but the Thai ladyboys certainly have easier and cheaper access to hormone treatment with many taking hormone pills from a pre-pubescent age. Hormone treatment in the Philippines is definitely improving but it’s still too expensive and inaccessible for many Filipina ladyboys; very few get to start taking hormones in their early teens.
Thailand is well known for its cosmetic surgery and specialist transgender surgeons, with transgendered persons traveling to Thailand’s famous clinics from around the world. While implants and transgender surgery is not cheap, Thai ladyboys have access to some of the best surgeons in Asia and are given heavily discounted costs. The Philippines on the other hand is not known for its quality transgender surgeons. Filipina ladyboys who want to have surgery often travel to Thailand to get it done which comes at great expense, with many Filipina ladyboys never able to realize their dreams of having breast implants , SRS, or even small cosmetic enhancements.
A high percentage of the Thai ladyboy community will take hormones from a very young age and by their late teens many will have surgical enhancements and even breast implants. As a result, Thai ladyboys tend to look very naturally feminine from a young age and develop a very accomplished female look, with many visitors to Thailand realizing that the most attractive women in the country are ladyboys!
Filipina ladyboys do have their own look and attraction. Through a history of Spanish colonialism and more modern American and European migration, Filipina ladyboys do tend to have unique look and some exotic Asian/Western mixes, which some people find incredibly attractive.
Culture and attitude
Despite being two Southeast Asian countries Thailand and the Philippines have very different cultures.
Thailand is by far a more exotic culture to Westerners built around strong Buddhist traditions and beliefs. While its exoticism can be incredibly attractive for tourists it can also be somewhat alienating for non-Thais looking to build a life within Thailand or grow a relationship with a Thai.
European roots are very evident in the Philippines; it is a culture built strongly around Catholicism and Western values. The vast majority of Filipinos speak near perfect English and are brought up on Western culture, having a preference for Western music, movies, and even cuisine.
Ladyboys are a big part of Thai culture and have been for some time. While ladyboys are not accepted as total equals they are most definitely tolerated and have a role to play in Thai communities. Thai ladyboys can achieve important roles and careers, and can even become national icons. Thailand’s ladyboy cabaret shows are not only among the biggest tourist attractions in the country but they are also treasured by the locals and ladyboy shows and pageants play a major role in community celebrations and national events.
While ladyboys are predominant in Filipino society they are somewhat less accepted than their Thai counterparts. Finding a place in Filipino communities as a ladyboy is a much harder task and one that discourages many ladyboys from going through with their gender transitions, with many ladyboys choosing to take on a more androgynous look and style. Ladyboys are not as well celebrated in Filipino culture, and while there is a culture of ladyboy cabaret shows and pageants in the Philippines, they are often seen more for their comical and entertainment value rather than a celebration of beauty and transition.
Dating a Thai ladyboy
Dating a Thai ladyboy is not exactly admired and celebrated but it’s certainly not a taboo and you can quite easily walk hand in hand through the mall with your Thai ladyboy date without drawing stares. It’s also not difficult to meet Thai ladyboys, you’ll find them in every major and minor city and resort in Thailand, and there are several good dating sites where you’ll find many Thai ladyboys active.
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While you can find ladyboys of all ages, looks, and social levels one problem many guys find when looking for a ladyboy date is that many are working as escorts or looking for a partner to support them financially. While this is certainly not the case of all ladyboys in Thailand, it is an issue for those looking to start a lasting relationship.
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Dating a Filipina ladyboys
It’s a little less easy to meet Filipina ladyboys in person, that’s not to say they are hidden, you’ll find them everywhere in Filipino society, but it’s not quite as easy as in Thailand where a high percentage of the county’s ladyboy flock to the major resorts and tourist hotspots. If you want to look for Filipina ladyboys then you should spend a lot of your time searching online where you’ll find a plethora of dating sites and Filipina ladyboys looking for love.
In the Philippines you will find many of the same issues as with the Thai ladyboys. Many Filipina ladyboys are looking for a Western boyfriend to support them financially and ultimately change their life (and the life of their family). There are less Filipina ladyboys working directly as prostitutes and much less of a ladyboy bar scene, but you will find far more Filipina ladyboys working on cam sites and active on dating sites.
While it is a little harder to meet Filipina ladyboys it’s arguably easier to build a lasting relationship. As already noted, Filipina ladyboys speak excellent English and are literally raised on Western culture. Dating a ladyboy in the Philippines is generally more of a taboo than in Thailand, and while that will make it a little harder to be open about your relationship it often helps relationships build a stronger bond.
Ultimately these are generalizations and while to the most part they are true, it all comes down to the individuals you meet. The only way to really know where your future date or lovers lie is to get out there and experience it for yourself.
Written by: Moo Yung
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