Of Unnatural Causes: Too Many Tourists Die in Thailand! by D. Farang

Of Unnatural Causes: Too Many Tourists Die in Thailand!

byD. Farang

Kobo ebook | March 9, 2016

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Fact is stranger than fiction, especially in a tourist Mecca like the supremely paradoxical "Land of Smiles." In that vein, no matter how dangerous it gets in Thailand for tourists, visitors will keep flocking there in ever-greater numbers. Moreover, for many young, rite-of passage travelers to the country - the inherent deadly dangers are a huge draw - in fact a primary "raison d'etre" to go there in the first place! It's so cool to be seen by thousands of other like-minded peers, and party like it's 1999. But when they get hurt - not so much. Many of these at-risk young tourists get lovely Buddhist tattoos all over their bodies - not that most of them have much idea what they really mean.

Proactive, safety-orientated travelers need to be keenly aware that high tourist (and Thai) fatality statistics in Thailand are artificially skewed low, for a variety of obscure reasons that are made clear throughout the extensive manuscript, with concomitant references and sources. The book has been published in the hope of making a few travelers to Thailand more aware of their own personal safety, as they frolic and play in the generally-wonderful Kingdom.

Thailand has perhaps unfairly been given the epithet of "one of the most dangerous tourist destinations on Earth," which relates to a veritable plethora of unnatural tourist deaths over time, accidents as well as crime. Most tourists already know that paradise comes at a price, after all there's no free lunch. Developing countries like Thailand are more dangerous than developed countries because of lax laws, poor infrastructure, corruption, cultural paradigms, etc.

Because of the complexity of corruption, and how deeply entrenched and interwoven it is in Thai society, rightful appropriation of blame to an honest degree may take a generation or two to manifest. Until that time, many more washed-up bodies, tourist suicide notes and immigrants being accused and convicted of high profile murders will always find their way into the trough of speculation, because there's nowhere else for them to go. Truth is frequently a rare commodity where justice is concerned in Thailand, and while this was mostly concealed within the country prior to the advent of social media, it's now one of the country's worst kept secrets.

In Thailand, it's often how the horrific crime is dealt with that tarnishes the image of the country, not so much the crimes themselves, awful as they are. And despite being a beautiful country with great people, the Kingdom is arguably in a state of arrested development, which is the cultural phenomenon of "losing face," one of Thailand's worst enemies.

Title:Of Unnatural Causes: Too Many Tourists Die in Thailand!Format:Kobo ebookPublished:March 9, 2016Publisher:D. FarangLanguage:English

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