Adam’s apples, shoulders, and calves are just a few indicators that the babe you are talking to in Thailand may in fact be a lady boy. For whatever reason, lady boys are very common in this country. And on our first night out in the major tourist island of Ko Samui, we were skeptic of every girl (or boy) that interacted with us.
At the first bar, we saw a sexy thai girl (these are called “tigers”) shooting pool. She was really good at pool, which we found problematic because pool is often played by men. The physical indicators of being a lady boy were not visible, but we have been warned that lady boys end up being the prettiest looking girls in town. The hot pool sharkette came to our table and starting dominating us in connect four, a popular bar drinking game in Asia. One of our buddies from the hostel is a math teacher and he lost to the tiger three times in a row. She said if she wins, she has sex with us. And if we win, we have sex with her.
It was a confusing start to a very long and weird night. In a weird country, these nights will happen all the time. I wanted something completely different and Thailand is quickly delivering.
The most important lesson I have learned so far is to ask tigers a simple question. Pronounced “Ee too ami?”, it means “do you have nuts?” Hopefully I’ll get an honest answer.