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Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand

October 2000

AIDS is now the main cause of death in Thailand. In Thailand's villages they are not dying so much of heart attacks as of AIDS.

There are more than one million Thais in the sex industry and more than one million Thais with HIV.

I got bad vibes, in Bangkok.

It was supposed to be the land of smiling people, but the three girls at the door of the seedy hotel were not smiling. The taxi driver had insisted we stop at this place. "There are girls like young film stars," he had said. My protestations had been ignored.

The girls looked a picture of utter misery. They had probably been kidnapped and were missing their mums.

I refused to get out of the taxi and got driven safely back to Bangkok's Asia hotel.

Bangkok is now regarded as the CRIME CENTRE of Asia.

In Thailand's capital city, the Russian mafia deal in extortion, the Germans and Australians export women, the Chinese deal in the small arms trade, the Korean mafias go in for kidnapping, the Japanese....

Turf wars are leading to shootings.

A few months ago on the road from the airport, gunmen from Macau's 14K triad executed 3 Shui Fong members.

On September 15th 2000, seven hitmen ran into a Bangkok flat used by a top Indian mafia boss. The boss's lieutenant was killed instantly. The don was critically wounded.

A Pakistani gang leader, wanted for robbery and extortion, was recently gunned down in Bangkok.

In March 2001 a bomb wrecked a Thai Airways plane at Bangkok's international airport. Police suspect the attack could be linked to prime minister Thaksin's pledge to crack down on drug smuggling.

(In September 2001 the entire board of Thai Airways resigned. Prime Minister Thaksin had said the airline "sucks" and that if he had any choice he would not fly with it. Mr Thaksin had a narrow escape when a Thai Airlines plane exploded, killing one crew member. In September 2001 two Thai Airlines flight s were delayed by bomb scares.)

When I visited Pattaya, the vibes got worse. There was an aura of evil. Nobody seemed friendly, in any genuine way.

On the beach I got chatting to a businessman called Panya and his friend who was a local policeman. They suggested I might like to join them for lunch at a fish restaurant. It was a super meal, but muggins had to pay.

I met a pretty girl called X. Her father was dying of AIDS.

What I read in the local newspapers came as a bit of a shock.

48 year old tourist Peter A was found dead in his hotel room in Soi Pattayaland 3, in Pattaya. The deceased's room had been ransacked and there was blood all over the bathroom, according to the Pattaya Mail.

40 year old tourist Erich B fell from his Pattaya hotel room to his death. Earlier, a local Thai had been seen coming out of his room, according to the Pattaya Mail.

43 year old Oleg C was found dead in his Pattaya hotel room. He had been beaten.

A tourist in his 50's was found dead in a locked room...

"Within a two month period, there have been 7 foreigner deaths (in Pattaya)" reported the Pattaya Mail in a recent edition.

42 year old Peter D was assaulted by a gang of knife wielding thugs and had to receive 70 stitches. The attack took place at a bar on Soi 2, in Pattaya.

35 year old Brian E lost most of his valuables when his South Pattaya hotel room was burgled....

The Pattaya Mail had a recent report about money being extracted from tourists, by the police.

"There are police behind the scenes helping the foreign mafia do their dirty work," reported the Pattaya Mail.

Female tourists are not necessarily totally safe in Thailand.

23 year-old Johanne M from Cheshire was raped and murdered by a Thai monk. Her body was found south-west of Bangkok.

24-year old Kirsty J was raped and killed in a guesthouse in Chiang Mai.

On the island of Phuket a 22 year old student from Lanarkshire was brutally raped.

There is now a website urging people to boycott Thailand. night-flight.com/dbt/ urges tourists to avoid Thailand because of incidents like the following :

There was a fire in a hotel. Several young girls, who had been chained to their beds, were burnt to death.

The main risk to the tourist may be the "mysterious death" in a hotel room. The tourist is found dead. His money is gone. He has been drugged. The police say it was a heart attack, or suicide.

How about Bognor this year? It rains a lot, but at least they speak English.


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1 Comments:

Blogger Allen smith said...

The Germans and Australians export women, the Chinese deal in the small arms trade.
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