Bangkok’s bordello districts all part of life’s rich ban­quet

The Nation - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

Re: “Bangkok, put on the red light!”, Have Your Say, yes­ter­day.

I was be­mused to read yes­ter­day’s let­ter from Stu­art Davie in which he ex­pressed con­cern that Bangkok has no de­clared red light dis­trict, thereby pos­ing a risk of moral harm to un­wary tourists. Surely he must be aware that ex­po­sure to the more colour­ful as­pects of ur­ban life in a thriv­ing me­trop­o­lis like Bangkok is a uni­ver­sal so­cial fact of life and not eas­ily de­mo­graph­i­cally con­fined or ge­o­graph­i­cally re­stricted to fam­ily friendly zones. For me, while never need­ing to take ad­van­tage of such ser­vices, I con­sider it all part of the ex­cit­ing and ad­ven­tur­ous hu­man tableaux that in­ter­na­tional travel of­fers. For those like Stu­art, who may be more sen­si­tive about such mat­ters, per­haps an al­ter­na­tive des­ti­na­tion or more thor­ough pre-travel re­search or ad­vice from a book­ing agent would be use­ful in fu­ture.

Lau­rie Warfe

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