14.02.2012 - 14.02.2012
As the Hangover II so aptly made famous, "lady-boys" are a common sighting in the major cities of Thailand. We couldn't help but watch one of the Cabaret Shows at the Chiang Mai Night Matket, which is a drag show to shame most others!
Our tour leader described the history of how it all became popular. Obviously, same-sex attraction and relationships are taboo in most of the world, even today. In Thailand the young boys who clearly felt attracted to the same sex, were so often shunned and demoralized by their friends and family that they would commit suicide. The Thai, being a very sensitive people, especially in family matters - were so hurt by the many suicides, that they slowly began to accept the true identity of their children. This resulted in more and more openly gay dress and eventually drag shows. After about 10 years and an increasing popularity and international exposure for the shows, the thai became embarrassed by the notoriety they gained and slowly shut down many gay bars. Although not hard to find, gay bars are more often associated with brothels these days.
Honestly though, when looking at the faces of some of these drag queens, it's next to impossible to tell the difference of their true sex - I mean, they make beautiful girls! So now when looking at some of these girls without a trained eye, the saying goes "same same, but different!" Better look twice!