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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 guests turn into infantrymen and cowboys, a black magician courts politicians and movie stars, sacred tortoises mate at the streets of a small city, and Fertility Goddesses are wooed with vast phalluses.

In this unusual land, not anything is what it sort of feels: a jail turns into a vacationer charm, a 20-storey robotic is a development, a guy turns into a good looks 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 particularly extraordinary intertwine with the rhythms and flows of daily Thai lifestyles, harking back to the crucial tradition of 1 of Southeast Asia's such a lot alluring destinations.

About the Author

Jim Algie has been chronicling the darkish and attractive part 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 a number of 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 booklet, FarangUntamed shuttle journal. throughout 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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Led by Thai aristocrats and dignitaries, with students representing each major school and a UN Goodwill Ambassador, the procession drew 10,000 marchers to the same strip of Beach Road peopled day and night with streetwalkers sitting on benches and the spiky tail of a life-size dinosaur in front of a mall. Even some of the pickup truck taxis with racy ads also sport stickers for a UNIFEM campaign to stop violence against women. The most bipolar city in Thailand—and possibly Southeast Asia, or maybe the entire world—has an upside, too.

Like any local, they can make citizen’s arrests. That rarely happens. Made up of ex-cops, ex-soldiers and businessmen, the unit is well respected by locals. They are a friendly and benevolent bunch that would probably rescue your kitten from a tree. The former leader, Howard Miller, was appointed as the Honorary British Consul in August 2010. One of the city’s most successful expat entrepreneurs, Howard also runs Pattaya One News, a cable TV show and website. The Thai Police Volunteers who work out of the cop shop near Soi 8 on Beach Road had nothing but praise for the FTPA.

For the country’s architectural giant, Sumet Jumsai, his lifeline weaves through World War II, when the Japanese occupied Bangkok, to his schooldays in Paris and England, and his designs for groundbreaking buildings that resemble a robot, a ship and a Picasso-like Cubist structure, as well as a number of character-forming encounters with everyone from filmmaker Roman Polanksi to Nelson Mandela. In any profile, it’s incumbent upon the author to locate the circumstances that have shaped the subjects’ personalities and pushed them in certain directions.

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