Thailand’s Ladyboys, or Katoeys, are some of the most beautiful and convincing transvestites in the world. About 140kms south of Bangkok is the resort city of Pattaya, and is home to one of Thailand’s many world class performance theaters, Alcazar Caberet. Originally a small theater of only 350 seats with 40 crew, the company now boasts a 1200 seat arena with over 500 crew members. A state of the art sound & light show with some of Thailand’s most beautiful Ladyboys, the Alcazar Caberet show pays tribute to the female persona including Hollywood Glam, over the top Disco numbers as well as comedy skits with extravagant costumes and sets.
Katoeys are widely accepted and integrated in Thai society all around the country. Generally, Katoeys dress and live as women full time. They undergo physical transformations such as breast implants, surgery to reduce the size of the Adam’s Apple, and other body sculpting procedures to acquire feminine lines in the jawbone, hips and buttocks. More complex procedures include voice chord and genital reassignment surgery. Often those who don’t work in the entertainment industry have respected jobs such as nurses, secretaries, beauticians and stylists. It is commonly believed that the level of acceptance they enjoy in Thai society is derived from the Buddhist culture, which places a high value on respect and tolerance.