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Funny, free-spirited: the definitive companion to sexy Thailand
on 24 October 2008
This is the best book to date on the sex-for-hire scene for foreigners in Thailand. With plentiful examples of canny bargirls and lovesick Westerners, and an amused, tolerant look at aspects of Thai culture that make this unique "Paradise Lust" possible, McCann beats the competition in that he can actually write: very wittily too, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.
One cavil: he uses as nouns 'teen' and 'teenage' for many of the girls he meets, which may provide ammunition for the puritanical/prurient brigade who think Thai sex-workers are all under-age and sex-tourists are all decrepit paedophiles. As anyone who's been to these agreeable fleshpots knows, nearly all the 'girls' are between 20 and 45, with the average falling roughly in the middle. The exceptions at either extreme tend to prove the rule. And for the record, the punters, too, are all ages; within hours you will spot sitting at a bar, being inordinately fussed over, a blond-haired, smooth-cheeked under-age one of those!