Have you ever watched a Thai ping-pong show?
“We didn’t want to go, at first,” two young English women told me, “but then we decided it was better to support local jobs.” Both giggled, whether at the ingenuity of this comment, or the concept of women paid to shoot plastic balls out of their nether parts, I do not know.
The stereotypes of Thailand – its sex industry, cross-ethnic match-making and lurid underworld – are elements of the country that trouble every traveler. Do we embrace, accept or abhor?
This is the conflicting scene that Burdett skillfully addresses in his nonfiction mystery, Bangkok 8…