" Again and again, I heard this inane comment until it really started to grate.
Everybody making the same stupid joke as if it was clever and original.
It is not just a handful of them working the tourist resorts.
You will see them working in shops and restaurants.
Even if you go out into the country, you will find katoeys. In fact, I had not been here long before I had a personal acquaintance who was a katoey.
They all called her 'she' as it is polite and made her happy. It made me think just how far behind our attitudes still are in the west.
Personally, I was initially a little uncomfortable in her presence. In the wake of the tsunami tragedy and the media feeding frenzy that followed, a friend sent me an article from a British newspaper.