Storys written by life from Ladyboys

Patpong. The four jumping out of the bus. As a shining, quivering thicket of letters, curved lines, arrows, stars, hearts and crowns is the largest red light district of Bangkok before them. From hundreds of speakers, the hammering and screams of dozens Popsongs crosses.


“Super Queens”, “Super Boys”, “Super Crazy”, “Super Pussy” … With swaying hips, the quartet strolling past the Establishment and aims to kick off the night at the end of a dead end: to “Icon The Club”, the temple of Thailand ladyboys. By not opening the sunlight can penetrate the contaminated plume of incense and lotus fragrance air. Gilded bamboo sticks stretch like organ pipes before tarred walls. Columns with sinuous capitals support the mirrored ceiling.


Muffled drums. Horns. The amount stares at the cardinal red curtain, which still hides the stage. Watercress is trying to make himself great, pearls pushes rudely aside. Then YOU will. A loincloth silver brocade wraps around her waist. The copper hair flowing shimmering over her shoulder.

Nong Tum shines the spotlight on the audience. 50 men she has, the legendary champion in Thai kickboxing, by whacked double-cross down, and the most beautiful of them subsequently took tenderly in his arms, kissing her with painted lips regained consciousness. Graciously smiles Nong Tum, the icon of Thailand ladyboy: more beautiful than many women and more stonger than most men.


Ladyboy Nong Toom


Her public life began in February 1998, with a victory in Bangkok’s Lumpini Boxing Stadium, the center of the Muay Thai world.

The Thai media were understandably intrigued by the novelty and incongruity of a make-up wearing 16-year-old kathoey, or “ladyboy”, defeating and then kissing a larger, more muscular opponent.


Although the Thai government had previously blocked Ladyboy athletes from participating in the national volleyball team for fear of negative reaction from the rest of the world, the Muay Thai establishment embraced Nong Toom, and tourism officials promoted her as “indicative of the wonders to be found” in Thailand. Muay Thai had been in a several-year slump at the time, and Ladyboy Nong Toom had greatly revitalized both media and public interest in the sport, as shown by increased ticket sales and stadium revenue.


She was profiled in several magazines, and appeared in many Thai music videos. Subsequently, her public profile began to fade, but her bouts with a foreigner, as well as her trip to Japan to fight a Japanese challenger, kept her in the news.

By fall of 1998, there was little coverage of Nong Toom to be found in either the mainstream or boxing media.

In 1999, Nong Toom caused considerable publicity by announcing her retirement from kick boxing, her intention to become a singer, and her plan to undergo sex reassignment surgery.


She was initially turned down by some of the Bangkok surgeons she turned to, but was able to undergo the sex-change surgery in 1999 at Yanhee International Hospital.On February 26, 2006, Nong Tum made a comeback as boxer. She fought an exhibition match for Fairtex Gym’s new Pattaya branch (re-dubbed Nong Toom Fairtex Gym) by fighting a 140-pound contest against Japan’s Kenshiro Lookchaomaekhemthong.


Ladyboy Nong Toom won by unanimous decision after the three-round fight, leaving her rival with a cut near his eye from an elbow in the last round.Ladyboy Nong Toom was planning another exhibition bout for sometime in 2006 with a female boxer Lucia Rijker, who portrayed the lethal “Blue Bear” in the film Million Dollar Baby.

On May 31, 2008 Nong Toom had a fight against Pernilla Johansson at Rumble of the Kings in Stockholm, Sweden, and won by decision.


In 2010, Nong Toom opened a boxing camp, Parinya Muay Thai, in Pranburi, Thailand which she owns and runs with American actor-writer Steven Khan.She currently teaches Muay Thai and aerobics to children at the Baan Poo Yai School