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.
In tonight's program, we meet an ex-pat bar owner, the self confessed 'richest Westerner in Thailand' and follow the search for a perfect maid for an eccentric aunt, in the go-go bars.
Mick's Place is the centre of expat activity in Pattaya. It's run by Jenny, a large, tattooed woman from Barnsley and her business partner Nee. Jenny came to Thailand three years ago and fell in love with the place. Her bar is now frequented by Bristish guys who take their Thai girlfriends there.
Kensington resident Simon Grove claims his son Jan is 'the richest Westener in Thailand'. So Simon, who is a director of his son's company, is taking his wife NERI on three-month trip to see Jan, while he also checks on his son's business interests. He's not exactly modest: "Speaking Oriental languages goes back six generations in my family. I'm a millionaire and so is my son." And he's also not afraid to put his foot down, "Look wife, be quiet while I'm talking."
David, a 28-year-old property developer, is searching Thailand for a maid for his rich, eccentric aunt. To date, there has been a constant flow of maids leaving her household. The search is on as David scours Thailand's go-go bars and hotels for a woman he can bring back to work for his aunt. David's auditioning involves little more than him asking whether she can iron his underpants. Or does it?