Came across this by accident (really) on youtube the other night:
It's amazing how beautiful they are and how feminine. Then I wondered to myself, is it because I'm white and I don't detect Asian distinctions that they look so feminine; maybe your average Thai punter can spot a ladyboy a mile off. Then I further digressed and wondered, if that indeed was the case, would a Thai person look at a very obvious white man in drag and not know that it's a man?
I've been getting different stories about the tradition and origins of the ladyboys since, I don't really know anything about them. One person said they're the son that stays at home to look after aging parents. Someone else said they have a privileged place in Thai society. I need to suss.