I never thought I’d find myself drinking homemade wine from a bucket on the side of the road, but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made since arriving in Thailand. The wine I was drinking is called “Sato,” which is made from fermented sticky rice and yeast, and it was delicious. I fell in love with Sato on the third night of the Songkran holiday on the Thai island of Koh Panghan. Songkran, the Buddhist New Year celebration, is a time when Thais celebrate family, honor tradition, and welcome in the new. However, unlike any family holiday I’d ever…
The Thai Buddhist New Year celebration is the perfect time to let loose and be your full self, and LGBTQ people are at the center of the party.
Meet Plamy, the owner of Thai E-San in Koh Panghan, Thailand
While living as a transgender woman in the United States, I avoided using the term “ladyboy.” Yet now that I am living in Thailand, I’ve come to appreciate the nuanced nature of the term “ladyboy” and even look on it with a sense of pride and love.