Interview with Regina about ladyboys in Bangkok

Interview with Regina about ladyboys in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of our favourite places in Asia.

It’s got an excellent gay scene, particularly the gay bars of Silom Soi 4 and the drag queen shows at clubs like DJ Station:

Stefan making new friends with one of the ladyboys in Bangkok

Stefan making new friends in Bangkok with this very charming ladyboy at DJ Station in Silom

Thailand is of course notorious for its lady boys and on our nights out in Silom we befriended the sexy and glamorous Regina, who told us about her life as a shemale and about the ladyboys of Bangkok and in Asia.

Regina tells us about life for ladyboys in Bangkok

Sebastien, Regina and Stefan in the fun gay atmosphere of Silom Soi 4 in Bangkok

#1 Greetings Regina, please introduce yourself:

Hello Nomadic Boys!  I am Regina, 33 years old, originally from Iloilo City in the Philippines.  I am a freelance hairdresser and make up artist and I frequently come to Bangkok for shopping, beauty enhancements or beauty treatments.

Interview with ladyboy Regina life for ladyboys in Bangkok

Ladyboy Regina showing off her awesome figure

#2 Are you ok with us using the word “ladyboy”, or is there a better word you like people to use?

Transsexual or trans-gender are the formal words used, but I prefer ‘shemale’ as that is how others generally address us in Asia. ‘Ladyboy’ is also fine, that is a word mainly by foreigners to describe ladyboys in Bangkok.

#3 How old were you when you first realised you wanted to be female?

I first started having feminine feelings when I was around 7 years old.

Sebastien the ladyboy of Bangkok Silom Soi 4 gay bar Stranger

Sebastien expressing feminine feelings trying on Regina’s high heels

#4 How do people in society perceive you?

When I started to express my femininity to my family it was a bit strange for them at first, but the days passed by and they accepted me without any hesitation. However, for people who are not as open minded, they would make comments and negatively judge me.

Ladyboy Regina interview about shemales in Bangkok and Asia

Regina loves posing for photos and why not – she’s hot!

#5 What operations did you have and were they expensive?

I was 28 when I started and had a rhinoplasty (nose lift), which cost 12,000 bahts (around £235/$380). I’ve also had operations on my eyelids, which cost 20,000 bahts (around £390/$630) and breast enlargement surgery, which cost 45,000 bahts (around £880/$1,420).

That’s it for now. I intend to *keep* everything else as it is (!) and now focus on beauty enhancement.

Interview with ladyboy Regina about how to meet ladyboys in Bangkok

Breast enlargement surgery…”Yes Stefan they’re real!”

#6 Is there anywhere particular you recommend going for gender reassignment related operations?

The best specialist Doctors are based in Bangkok and one in particular I recommend is Dr Theerapong who has a clinic in Rama 2 next to the Central Mall in Bangkok.

Stefan learning about life for ladyboys in Bangkok

All Regina’s attempts to make Stefan into a graceful and beautiful lady boy completely failed 🙁

#7 What sex do you have on your passport?

In my passport I am male and every time I travel I need to look ‘natural’ – ie without make up, no earrings, in order to match my passport photo.

In the Philippines you can change your passport from male to female if you undergo a sex change and with legal process with a lawyer, but I have no plans to do this.

Interview with ladyboy Regina teaching Stefan rules of ladyboy seduction

Regina teaching Stefan the rules of ladyboy seduction in Bangkok

#8 Do shemales / ladyboys face any problems being accepted by society in Thailand? 

Not at all. Thailand is the best place for shemales to express ourselves and we’re totally accepted by society here.  

Bangkok is a place where trans gender are free to show our personalities because it is accepted here and we are respected. For people like me, Bangkok is a paradise of happiness and enjoyment.

Recently the Bangkok University published guidance for their transgender students to advise them how they can dress and still keep within the official dress code. Some high schools in Thailand have a “third gender” toilet for pupils who do not feel comfortable in either the men’s or women’s toilets!

Interview with ladyboy Regina about life for ladyboys in Bangkok Silom Soi gay bars

Regina with her Nomadic Boys at Stranger Bar in Silom Soi 4 in Bangkok

#9 Where do you go to meet potential boyfriends or husbands?

Meeting a boyfriend is not easy as most men just want to have sex with me and are not necessarily looking for a serious relationship.

I usually use the dating website www.myladyboydate.com. I know that the ladyboys and men that go on these websites are more serious and are looking for long-term relationships.

#10 What do you think of the gay scene for ladyboys in Bangkok?

The gay scene in Bangkok is rampant!  

It is open to all and constantly evolving. For bars I recommend the road in Silom called “Silom Soi 4” where there are many bars like Telephone, Balcony and Stranger.

The club scene is on the next door road called “Silom Soi 2, where you can see drag queen shows at DJ Station or dance topless in GOD.

The nearest metro station to the Silom gay scene is ‘Silom’ and ‘Sala Daeng’ is the nearest skytrain station.

If you want a more “local” gay scene, then I recommend the gay pub Ap Arena at Ratchadapisek Soi 8 (nearest metro is exit 2 of the “Thai Cultural Centre”), which is mainly frequented by local gay Thai boys.

App Arena local gay scene gay bar Bangkok Ratchada Soi 8

Discovering the more local gay scene at App Arena at Ratchada Soi 8

#11 Are there any gay friendly hostels and hotels you recommend in Bangkok?

To be honest with you, anywhere in Bangkok is gay friendly! But most gay tourists will want to be based near the gay scene of Silom Soi 4 and Silom Soi 8. There are a few popular gay hotels in the area:

DUSIT THANI HOTEL   Book online

  • Located just across Silom Soi 4, this is a good pick.
  • Prices start from $135 / £92 a night.

SOFITEL SO HOTEL   Book online

  • Very classy and modern. The best skybar in Bangkok.
  • Prices start from $168 / £115 a night.

TARNTAWAN PLACE   Book online

  • Very affordable and gay friendly option, just 5 min walk away to the bars of Silom Soi 4.
  • Prices start from $60 / £40 for a double bed with breakfast.

LUB’D HOSTEL SILOM   Book online

  • Perfect for those on a budget (like the nomadic boys)
  • Only a 15 min walk away from Silom Soi 4.
  • Prices start from $15 / £10 for a bed in a muxed dorm.
Seb posing with elephant bum gay friendly Lub'D Hostel Bangkok

Seb posing with the elephant bum of Lub’D Hostel, which is around 15 minutes walk from Silom Soi gay scene

#12 What sort of jobs do ladyboys in Bangkok do?

Ladyboys in Bangkok have a variety of jobs everywhere in Thailand. I have never experienced or noticed any transgender discrimination here and equal employment rights are given to all ladyboys who are willing to work.

Interview with ladyboy Regina about ladyboys in Bangkok and Asia

Regina showing Stefan some of the quirkier aspects of the Bangkok gay scene

#13 Is there a supportive community or organisation for ladyboys in Bangkok?

Yes, the world famous Tiffany show in Pattaya and Miss International Queen (the world’s largest and most prestigious pageant) are both good examples. These sorts of events give importance to and celebrate the talents and skills of ladyboys in the entertainment field.

I entered as Miss Peru a few years ago:

Regina ladyboy of Bangkok Miss Peru finalist

Regina as Miss Peru at the Miss International Queen beauty pageant

#14 And lastly, do you have a boyfriend?

In actual fact I do.

He is a very sexy French hunk called Sebastien, maybe you know him..

Interview with ladyboy Regina about ladyboys of Bangkok and Thailand

Seb and Regina after many Margaritas

…and at this point, a very jealous Stefan quickly terminated the discussion and World War III broke out…

 

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59 Comments

  1. andrew

    Great interview! I can’t say I would have guessed although I have to say that I’m surprised Regina wanted to be referred to as a ‘shemale’! Piers Morgan recently got into loads of trouble while interviewing Janet Mock for referring her incorrectly; I think she would have had a heart attack if he called her a Shemale! It’s funny that there’s never any stories about Gentlemangirls, only Ladyboys…

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    • Stefan Arestis

      V true!!

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  2. Luka

    So Sebstien develops boyfriends and girlfriends all around the world.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Ha! Not if I’ve got anything to do with it 🙂

      Reply
  3. Kalvin

    Thank for share this interview.
    That make me remember good souvenirs party in Bangkok.
    About operation, some ladyboy paid less expensive in the smaller “hospital’. Have a little clinic like that not so fat from Central World (Pratunam).
    You can see a lot of ladyboy waiting for get operation or check a post operation.

    Regina also right, ladyboy can work every where, also at 7/11 😉

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Hi Kalvin, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Love your site, very interesting!

      Reply
      • Kalvin

        You welcome 😉

        Reply
  4. Delphia

    Where did you do your nose job at & how much in thai baht address please ?

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Hi Delphia, thanks for your comment.

      I asked Regina and she says it was done bt Doctor Theerapong who has a clinic in Rama 2, beside the Central Mall in Bangkok.

      It cost around 12,000-15,000 Bahts.

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    • Regina

      It’s cost only 12,000 baht it’s in rama 2 near central plaza Dr.theerapong

      Reply
  5. sally

    Haha the photos are amazing! Great post 🙂
    Regina looks beautiful!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Sally!

      Reply
  6. Emma

    Hi!

    Me and friend are gonna write a paper on transgender people in Bangkok next spring and would it be posible to get in touch with Regina?
    We are currently studying at the Swedish Red Cross for nursing.
    And we are looking for contacts who could help us with this project.

    Kind regard

    Emma and Emil

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Sure thing guys, I will send you a private email.

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    • Regina

      Hi Emma it’s me regina thanks and yes you’re welcome to get interview with me. Let me know when

      Reply
  7. Kevin Wagar

    It’s great fun to be following your adventures around the world! It’s refreshing to hear a local talk about complete acceptance by their country!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Right? 🙂

      Reply
  8. Amélie

    LOL, the ending (:
    I love Bangkok so much too, and reading this, I love it even more. And, seriously, Sebastien with heels: them legs tho. <3

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Ha ha ha thanks Amelie 🙂

      Reply
  9. Arnie

    Thanks for the candid interview with Regina. An eye opener for me.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Arnie

      Reply
  10. Hannah

    Great interview guys (Regina looks like a ton of fun)!
    I’m totally fascinated with the ladyboy/shemale culture of Thailand. I have to admit that most of them make me jealous- they can walk better in heels that I ever will 😉
    Great insight into how open the Thai culture is about trans-gender people. I think the rest of the world could take a whole lot of pointers- especially the idea of the third bathroom.
    PS: If Regina gets Sebastien I call dibs on Stefan!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Ahahahahahahaha!! Thanks Hannah 🙂

      Reply
  11. Carol Colborn

    Hahaha. And she is Filipino!!! My BFFs in the Philippines (3 of them) are like you guys and I miss them very much. I had so much fun with them every weekend, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      🙂

      Reply
  12. Sarah Ebner

    The interview is really interesting – never read a first person piece by someone like Regina before. It sounds like she’s pretty sorted and happy – and certainly in the right place.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thx Sarah! Yeah Regina’s awesome 🙂

      Reply
  13. Himanshu

    This is BOLD & BEAUTIFUL :).
    Good going guys.

    Cheers!
    Himanshu
    1

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Himanshu 🙂

      Reply
  14. Vanessa

    This was such an insightful interview and Regina sounds like the most awesome person to hangout with. Would love to have her join us for girls’ night the next time I’m in Bangkok!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thx 🙂

      Reply
  15. Donna Meyer

    What a great interview on something I might never have found on my own. I especially loved learning how open and accepting Thailand is towards all sorts of people. May other countries learn from them. Regina–You are beautiful. Keep doing what you’re doing!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Awww thanks Donna 🙂

      Reply
  16. Hugo

    An eye opener for me as well. Didn’t know a thing about it. Cheers guys!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      🙂

      Reply
  17. Juergen | dare2go

    I really loved the insight into the life of a ‘ladyboy’. Myself I would be too timid to ask these questions… So thanks for sharing!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Juergen 🙂

      Reply
  18. Vicki

    What a fantastic interview and insight into a shemale’s life in Bangkok. I’ve wonderful that Regina feels so accepted and free to live the life she chooses in a welcoming and supportive community. Great work in spreading the love!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Vicki 🙂

      Reply
  19. LeAnna

    I think that one of the reasons why Bangkok is so well known for their ladyboys is because of how open minded and welcoming they are to the community. Fascinating interview (interesting part on the passport info!) Just another reason to absolutely LOVE Thailand!

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thx LeAnna! Totally agree 🙂

      Reply
  20. Kathrin

    Hey, thanks for sharing this interview, I really enjoyed reading it! Regina has a very interesting story. It’s great that Thailand is so open and accepts all genders equally. I sometimes wish it would be like this in Europe as well, I think some people still have a lot of prejudices.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Kathrin

      Reply
  21. Yasha Langford

    Everything you always wanted to know about ladyboys and were afraid to ask. I just love this post. The openness is totally refreshing. Thanks guys.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Our pleasure Yasha 🙂

      Reply
  22. Lesley

    You guys always have so much fun. I bet it’s a blast to party with you. From the photo, it’s obvious that you enjoyed the drag queen shows.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Ha ha ha thanks 🙂

      Reply
  23. Megan | Traveling Nine to Fiver

    Thanks for sharing. It’s interesting to learn about how other cultures are accepting of transgender people on a level we really aren’t in the US. Hopefully that keeps chaing.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Agreed!

      Reply
  24. melody pittman

    Loved it! He certainly makes a gorgeous ladyboy, much more attractive than most women I know. (isn’t that always the case) How did I know that Stefan would find his way on the stage with the entertainment? You guys are too fun! 😉

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Melody 🙂

      Reply
  25. Mar

    Super interesting boys! It is great to hear the realities of ladyboys from one. Never thought of the passport issues, but of course if I was a border control agent I would also wonder if it is the same person since she looks a bit different from her photo probably

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Mar

      Reply
  26. Maria

    This is amazing! I love it, so interesting to hear from her perspective. Didn’t realise some schools had a third gender toilet, thats really cool, great article 🙂 We shall be sharing.

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    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Maria

      Reply
  27. Hayley

    Great post – a really interesting read! You guys look fun 🙂

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Thanks Hayley 🙂

      Reply
  28. Ladyboys Of Thailand

    Ladyboys from all over the world travel to Thailand for cosmetic surgery. If doctors anywhere know surgery specific to transgenders, it’s in Thailand.

    Reply
    • Stefan Arestis

      Agreed 🙂

      Reply

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