Sarah J. Carlson

Contemporary Young Adult Author

Category Archives: Portaits from around the world

Portaits of Southeast Asia–The Ladyboys of Thailand

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ladyboyglamSo in case you haven’t seen Hangover 2, one of the unique things about Thailand (besides the beautiful beaches and spectacular jungles and thousands of amazing temples) are the ladyboys. Ladyboys are men who dress as women and often undergo plastic surgery to become more womanly, including breast implants, shrinking Adam’s Apples, and perhaps even vaginal reconstruction (though some of the limited googling I did suggested this was rare). Anyway, they’re apparently like a third gender category in Thailand and make pretty good money. It sounds like it’s something people are more comfortable with in Thailand. I’ve posted a few pictures from our ladyboy cabaret experiences, which was fascinating and a lot of fun. The one we went to was by no means extravagant. Some of them were obviously men, but others it was pretty hard to tell. By the way there was NO nudity at this show.

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lbstripIn the picture above, one of the ladyboys was transforming back into a man.

 

Young Buddhist priests, Angkor Wat

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Young Buddist priests, Angkor Wat

Young Buddist priests, Angkor Wat

Portaits of Southeast Asia: More Cambodia

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More photos from my first adventures in photographing people.

Caught this little boy floating.

Caught this little boy floating.

Riding past a village set up near a tourist destination.

Riding past a village set up near a tourist destination.

Kids selling wooden flutes to tourists.

Kids selling wooden flutes to tourists.

Also, just for fun, a portrait of a temple dog!

Temple dog outside Ta Prohm.

Temple dog outside Ta Prohm.

 

Chasing the cows

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Boy chasing the cows away from the market set up near Ta Prohm temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia as about six in the morning. Also known as the “Tomb Raider” temple because that movie was filmed in part there. A lot of tourists come here early in the morning to see the sunrise. Check out my mini-gallery below.

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Prayer for the New Year

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Praying to Buddha in Angkor Wat during Tet, Lunar New Year.