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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 quarter the place visitors 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 significant 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 construction, 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 rather unusual intertwine with the rhythms and flows of daily Thai lifestyles, reminiscent of the imperative tradition of 1 of Southeast Asia's so much pleasing destinations.

About the Author

Jim Algie has been chronicling the darkish and horny aspect of Thailand for the prior 17 years in courses together with weird and wonderful journal, the overseas usher in Tribune and the Japan instances. 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 top author of Southeast Asia s such a lot gonzo booklet, FarangUntamed trip journal. in the course of the 80s, he toured and recorded with seminal Canadian bands together with pop-punksters the Asexuals and alt nation rockers Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra.

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After it got bored, the tusker would often trample the bloody ball and squash the prisoner. This type of torture (and others like it) was outlawed by King Rama V at the end of the 19th century. Filled with flowerbeds, shrubs, joggers and school kids, the park was once the site of Bangkok’s most draconian jail, as evidenced by the vacant row of jail cells on the north side and the guard towers that stand like stone sentinels. Built by the French at the end of the 19th century, most of the Maha Chai These tableaux of execution scenes, including the original machine-gun used to execute inmates at Bang Kwang Central Prison, are on permanent exhibit at the Corrections Museum.

Contents INTRODUCTION: INTO THE THAI TWILIGHT ZONE CRIME SCENES Behind the Bars of the Bangkok Hiltons Pattaya: The Vegas of Vice? Museum of the Macabre: See Uey the Chinese Cannibal A Night in the Lives of Corpse Collectors MISADVENTURE TRAVELS From Ayuthaya to Bangkok: A Bizarre Expat Odyssey Weekend Warriors: Military Tourism in Thailand Double Lives: Searching for the Siamese Twins Country ‘n’ Eastern: Home on the Dude Ranch THE SEX FILES The Black Sex Magician of the Body Politic Empowering Sex Workers A Cross-Section of the Third Gender Erecting a Tribute to A Fertility Goddess STRANGE CELEBRITIES The Artist Of Bizarre Architecture The Angel And She-Devil Of Bang Kwang Central Prison The Scorpion Queen and Centipede King Thailand’s First Lady Of Forensics CREATURE FEATURES Going Ape in Simian City In the Glass Ring with Siamese Fighting Fish The Water Buffalo’s Tombstone Reptilian Ménage à Trois: THE SUPERNATURAL Modern Primitives and Ancient Shamans Oral Hexes and Shock Airwaves Nang Nak: The Ghost of Thailand’s Past Funeral Rites: The Thai Way of Death Directory of the Bizarre About the Author INTRODUCTION: INTO THE THAI TWILIGHT ZONE Where else in the world could a womanising black magician become a political advisor and chat-show celebrity, or the abbot of a Buddhist temple try to construct a pagoda out of water buffalo skulls?

There are entire streets filled with signs in Russian, restaurants replete with specialties from the Ukraine and Uzbekistan and hotels booked solid with package tourists from the motherland off the lanes near Jomtien Beach, with the Pattaya Park Beach Resort and its 170-metre-high Tower Jump in the background. Over on Walking Street, there are nightclubs with karaoke in Russian and a go-go bar named Galaxy staffed by Eastern European women. When I spoke to a couple of university professors in their 40s from Moscow, they explained the city’s free-and-easy appeal for the survivors of communist blight and repression.

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