I don't know whether to admire Thailand for being honest and open about their seamy side, or just sickened by what is the underside, I guess, of a great many cities in a great many countries. Is it better to be hypocritical like Kuala Lumpur? And hound women -- or pretend they don't exist -- when they try to earn a living this way? I don't know. I just know that I would like to be sure it was a choice of adults. I'd like to think they all had a choice.
I can tell you I didn't see too many truly happy faces, just plastered-on smiles that disappeared the instant the prospective customer did.
|In between the girlie bars and the sex parlours, there are many legitimate businesses.|
|Even an art shop with an artist painting a portrait from a photo|
|And a temple -- with a wrapped up tree, and offereings|
|Here's a close up of the offerings|
|And here's a shot of the true beneficiaries of the offerings. Yep, those big eyes are alive...|
|A wig shop outside a bar and an indication that many tourists are Russian speakers. So are some of the sex workers.|