Dating trans women in Pattaya is much like dating trans women anywhere else. Luckily for you, Thailand embraces the trans community and is welcoming to its admirers. Here are some key things to know about dating ladyboys in this city and Thailand in general.

Obviously, there are certain differences between dating women who were born female and trans women. If you want to date a local trans woman, you should be aware of some issues. Many Pattaya ladyboys have grown up facing prejudice and discrimination for trying to lead normal lives. These experiences affect who they have become and their attitude toward life. Always try to be supportive and get to know the person without prying and asking about negative experiences.

Trans women can be very strong and resilient, but also seem very sensitive about certain things. Try to notice these issues and approach them the right way. Pointed questions about their “true” gender and surgery might cause anxiety. A lot of trans women in Pattaya and elsewhere in Thailand have been undergoing hormone treatment since their teens. Some of them have had “top” or “bottom” surgery to have their penis removed. It’s easy to underestimate the pressure and stress surgical and other treatments can have on transgender women. Show support and be sympathetic. Nobody wants to be born into the wrong gender. What does it mean to “feel female” or “feel male”? We don’t know. This is a conversation people need to have.

If you’re unsure what pronoun to use, use the woman’s name or “they”. Don’t assume they use “he” or “she”. When in doubt, simply ask unless asking makes you uncomfortable. This should be obvious but avoid derogatory terms like “shemale” or any word in Thai that someone told you meant “trans” in English. It might be obscene and hurt your ladyboy partner’s feelings.

Be proactive if you get the feeling that some aspect of your body or identity is causing the woman anxiety. For example, she might shrink away when you try to touch a certain body part. She might not be able to explain her reaction due to the language barrier or simply out of discomfort, or because she’s worried about how you’ll react. Check in to show you care and don’t want to cause anxiety or stress. Tell her you hope you’re not causing distress and be open to discuss anything that’s on her mind.