In central Laos dozens of loud explosions pockmark the sky as men dressed in female clothing wielding large wooden phalluses dance, while others lubricated by the local rice whiskey simply roll in the mud.
Nisha Ayub has endured virtually everything thrown at Muslim-majority Malaysia's repressed transgender community: contempt, violence, arrest and sexual assault in a prison where she was sent to become a "real man".
For nearly a century Thanuan has watched history sweep through the bustling maze of alleyways that make up Bangkok's Chinatown, one of the city's few districts yet to be devoured by malls and high-rise condos.
Tourists posing for photographs at the historic Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's Mosque in Thatta in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. Legend says when construction of the mosque was destroyed in 1644, the Mughal governor's advisor told him to find someone "so pious that he has committed no sin in all his life" to lay the foundation.