Perverted Facts

Perverted Facts

On the 17th June 2010 the Daily Mail published an article by Deborah Davies entitled 'The Perversion of Paradise'. This was an attention grabbing stab at the holiday resort of Pattaya in Thailand. No one would deny that there is a 'sex trade' in Pattaya (and so many other places and countries) but I would hardly describe it as 'vile'. Such a choice of descriptive is sad at best and 'vile' at worst. Pattaya has much more to offer than sex and can be the ideal location for a family holiday. In fact it is the centre of choice for so many. There are British and other European couples and singles of both sexes who will retire and settle here without giving a seconds consideration to sex.

I have said before that 'Pattaya is the laxative cure for constipated morals'. It is too. If a person is so sexually repressed that they cannot deal with people having fun then they should stay at home and not go anywhere. If they are prepared to travel and really open their mind to something different then Pattaya is the very best place to be. Pattaya is happy. 'Big happy'. 99% of people visiting Pattaya are very happy indeed.

The article by Ms Davies is followed by numerous comments by people in that 1% which no doubt includes Daily Mail reporters. Great. Let them stay away.

Overlooking Pattaya

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When Facts Get Perverted

The definition of pervert in the Free Dictionary is "to interpret incorrectly, misconstrue or distort" and most other dictionaries have a similar interpretation.

I don't know about you but the credibility of any article or book I read is shattered when I read statements which are clearly untrue. It immediately makes me believe that the author has not done their research properly or, in the case of this article ever visited the place they are writing about.

Here it is stated "It starts with the bar fine. The man pays 300 baht -$6- to the bar owner to have a drink with a girl and she earns about 60p for every drink that he buys her."

This is incorrect. The Bar Fine is only paid if the girl is going to leave the bar. You could sit with a girl all night buying her drinks and never pay a Bar Fine.

Pattaya Beach

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Pattaya Balloon and Kite Festival

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The article goes on to imply (or else why mention it?) that as Pattaya was visited by the likes of Derrick Bird, Steve Wright and Josef Fritzl that the city is in some way responsible for their actions. I don't doubt that those three probably visited London too so why was London not mentioned?

Deborah Davies states "There are a few attractions other than sex on offer in Pattaya. One of them is a shooting range a few miles out of town."

Actually the shooting range is more or less in the centre of Pattaya and just a few minutes walk from beach road. And as far as "a few attractions" goes. There are dozens of things to do.

Pattaya is Paradise for the lucky few.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Years ago the Daily Mail caused me a lot of trouble perveting the trutch. I still feel hurt and sick, I have lost a lovely job which I enjoyed and was so convenient. JUST BECAUSE OF THE DAILY MAIL. I wrote a hub about it and if you are interested it is called 'A Shock I never forget'. If I would have a chance I would string them up for various reason. They hurt not only me but a 12 year old boy and an elderly Lady whose husband was dying. They are rubbish.

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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

Hello, hello - sorry to learn of your experiences. In fact it was probably not the Daily Mail but a reporter. There are bad reporters on every paper, flowering their reports and omitting that which does not suit them. Anything to sell their words. I will take a read of A Shock I never forgot.

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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

"Pattaya is the laxative cure for constipated morals" love that line. Awesome.

While yes, the sex trade in such a place is a way of life for many, you are correct. There's sex for sale everywhere, and any place with those sorts of views can't be all that bad.

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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

lxxy - I found Pattaya by accident several years ago. I knew nothing of its reputation. It opened my eyes to a chunk of life. Today I am happier there than anywhere else. Quite simply it is the people. My friends and their open honesty, happiness, laughter and smiles. I live simply with Thai people. We more or less live in the street. Everyone knows everyone else. Everyone cares for everyone young and old. It is a great life.

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4hourmike 6 years ago from Thailand

Nice rebuttal to a crap article, Peter. I read Deborah Davies article and had the same reaction as you. The misquote about the bar fine was a dead giveaway that she had no idea what she was writing about. I bet the picture of the girl over the shoulder was staged as well.

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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

Mike - There was a bit of truth in her article too but I wasn't writing to defend her. If Deborah Davies was to ditch her moral baggage for a few days I am sure she would have a wonderful holiday in Pattaya.

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Mrvoodoo 6 years ago from ?

If you think that article was bad you should read the one that was published in The Sun (no, I don't buy The Sun, but stumbled across it while flicking through somebody else's copy yesterday), I couldn't believe it (although I guess it's to be expected of that newspaper).

Sure, Pattaya is an adult playground, but apparently Pattaya is full of nothing but British men having sex with children (not young women, but children). Thank God for the internet, there was a time when the only insights we had into these far way places was through 'news' papers like these.

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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia Author

Mrvoodoo - I had a dig around and found an online 'Sun' article. Sensationist crap. The journalist involved knew next to nothing of what he was writing about.

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