Mature Subject Matter
Thailand is a magnet for travelers. Each week 10,000 people travel from Britain to Bangkok, the gateway to Thailand. But the country's beautiful tropical beaches are contrasted with a dark underbelly of sex tourism. Bangkok Bound takes a closer look at the personal stories behind these journeys to reveal some startling and, at times, truly remarkable experiences.
Tonight's program meets the 'full mooners', the British consul who is on the receiving end of Brits' troublesome trips and the mother, whose son is currently serving a 50-year sentence for drug smuggling.
Three groups of people head off to one of the islands of Ko Pha Ngan's infamous full moon parties. Maria is a grandmother who is waiting for a hip replacement operation. She is also a drum and bass DJ and is attending the party along with her friend Harriet. Chris is a seasoned full moon DJ and Steve is moving to the island to open a restaurant (and, of course attend the March full moon party).
Brian Kelly is the British consul in Bangkok. He and his team deal with a variety of problems affecting both British travelers in Thailand and British subjects who live in the country permanently. Among the many things he has had to deal with are lost passports, people arrested for drug offenses and lads being drugged and robbed by prostitutes.
Sheila's son Johnny, 38, is in Bangkok's Bang Kwang prison and is five years into a 50 year sentence for attempting to smuggle 2.5 kilos of heroin out of the country. Johnny took the drugs in a bid to pay off a debt to a Thai gambling ring and believes that one of the gang members tipped the authorities off. He now lives in a 12 ft by 15 ft cell with up to 30 other prisoners. His mother is allowed one contact visit with her son each year. "Johnny is a wicked boy, he saw a way out of his financial problem. He made the biggest mistake of his life, and he's paying for it with his life."