Not everyone on holiday is looking for a tan. Marius Stankiewicz heads to Thailand’s most notorious red-light districts to speak with tourists who are seeking sex.
More harmful than any gut-emptying tropical disease is the sickness of loneliness, but in Thailand, there could be a quick and easy remedy for that.
The oldest profession in the world is taken to another level in this tropical Southeast Asian country where the cost of living is cheap – and having fun even cheaper.
Millions of tourists from all over the world come to the ‘Land of Smiles’ not only to let loose on the country’s pristine beaches, or to get wasted at full-moon parties, but to experience the seedy underbelly of Thailand’s sex havens.
The most popular places for soliciting sex in Thailand are Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket, where you’ll find massage parlours, ‘go-go’ bars, brothels, freelancing sex workers sauntering along ‘walking streets’ and ping pong shows, a carnal spectacle where women pull off extraordinary stunts with their vaginas.
There are laws in place that can be used to stop such sex-themed businesses from mushrooming and – as many Thai people see it – tarnishing the country’s image.
It’s in these red-light districts that we meet the men who have come to Thailand in search of something special.
John*, 56, is retired and from Manchester “I’ve been through too much in life, so I came to Bangkok,” says John while sipping a beer at Flann O’Brien’s, an Irish pub located in Patpong.Seguir leyendo