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Bizarre Thailand takes readers off the well-rutted highway of vacationer hotspots into the darkest and sexiest hinterlands. Welcome to a twilight sector the place travelers turn into infantrymen and cowboys, a black magician courts politicians and picture stars, sacred tortoises mate at the streets of a small city, and Fertility Goddesses are wooed with colossal phalluses.

In this unusual land, not anything is what it kind of feels: a jail turns into a vacationer allure, a 20-storey robotic is a development, a guy turns into a attractiveness queen, a Buddhist temple becomes hell in the world, a loving spouse is immortalized because the most famed and ferocious of all phantoms, and a serial killer s corpse is reincarnated as a museum exhibit.

Bizarre Thailand takes an irreverent examine how the profound, profane and albeit rather bizarre intertwine with the rhythms and flows of daily Thai lifestyles, harking back to the critical tradition of 1 of Southeast Asia's so much eye-catching destinations.

About the Author

Jim Algie has been chronicling the darkish and horny facet of Thailand for the prior 17 years in guides together with weird and wonderful journal, the overseas usher in Tribune and the Japan occasions. His brief fiction has picked up numerous awards, together with as a co-recipient of the Bram Stoker award. He was once a co-founder, leader editor and major author of Southeast Asia s so much gonzo book, FarangUntamed shuttle journal. in the course of the 80s, he toured and recorded with seminal Canadian bands together with pop-punksters the Asexuals and alt state rockers Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra.

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Jim Algie July 2010 CRIME SCENES Behind the Bars of the Bangkok Hiltons For Chavoret Jaruboon, the hardest part of being on the execution team at the country’s biggest maximum-security jail was walking into the death-row cell to tell the prisoner that he was about to be executed. “Whatever crimes the person had committed, they were still heroes to their families,” said the former chief executioner of Bang Kwang Central Prison. “The inmates had time to write a letter to their family, and have a last cigarette and a meal, but they usually didn’t feel like eating.

Aside from the occasional headless motorcyclist, I have tried to navigate the latter route. A lot of the new material has never been published before. Many of the older stories have been revised, rethought, restructured and continuously updated over the years, just as many of the people profiled like Dr. Porntip and the ‘Scorpion Queen’ I have met and interviewed a number of times over the past decade. Filed under Directory of the Bizarre, the listings in the back of the book are intended as pathfinders and other mines of information.

Many inmates died on a metal frame covered with bare boards, but the mattresses we put in are still there and the conditions are much more hygienic now, and they’ve got a proper doctor and dentist. If their families and the embassies push, the prisoners can get prescriptions filled and even anti-viral drugs for HIV and AIDS. The conditions still aren’t great, but they’re much better than before,” said the altruist, adding that conditions have also improved in many of the homes for orphans and the elderly and disabled where she has worked.

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