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The road to hell is paved with good intentions

I got on the bus from Chiang Mai at 8.30am and, not to brag, I was feeling pretty good about myself. I'd walked from my hostel without checking the map, I'd bought snacks before the bus, and after the first stop nobody sat next to me. I sprawled across my double seats, and thought about how … Continue reading The road to hell is paved with good intentions

Wat Pho

Buddha statutes in Wat Pho

So this is how the conversation goes: Me: 'I went to Wat Pho today' Them: 'How was it?' 'It was really nice, I got there as soon as it opened and it was very peaceful for a while - then all the tourists arrived!' 'Oh really, that sounds good, when did you get there?' 'Eight … Continue reading Wat Pho

Sex Tourism in Thailand

Pattaya City in lights above the town

Sex, old men and doner kebabs - ‘Walking Street’, the main drag in Pattaya, has all three in plenty. Prime time is between 10pm and 1am, and the street is clogged with young men trying to sell ‘ping pong’ or ‘sex’ shows.* Nobody is looking at them, though - they are here for a very … Continue reading Sex Tourism in Thailand