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A Tourist's Tale [Jan. 8th, 2005|10:00 am]
Tony Grist
A chap I know spent the Christmas holidays in Bangkok. People round him (bar and hotel staff?) were joking about this tsunami thing that had hit the coast. "You should go to Phuket; they're handing out free food." He gathered there'd been some minor local unpleasantness.

It was only when he arrived back home that he discovered he'd been living in the middle of a disaster area...

...and that he'd have learned more about Thailand if he'd have stayed at home and watched TV.

[User Picture]From: besideserato
2005-01-08 06:31 am (UTC)
Someone suggested it was a conspiracy to keep the tourists from leaving. I am not surprised if this is the case, having lived in tourist destinations all my life and also worked in newsrooms. There are many things you just cannot say. The gatekeepers and advertisers are in cahoots.

Maybe I am being pessimistic.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-01-08 06:46 am (UTC)
No, I think you're right.

The relationship between tourists and natives(especially in a third world country) involves a lack of respect on both sides.
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2005-01-08 12:24 pm (UTC)
I can vouch for that, absolutely.
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