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Go Thai, Be Free?

A photography exhibition explores the ambiguous pleasures of immersion in the Big Mango's nightlife scene

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A new campaign by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) that targets foreign gay and lesbian travellers is so tactful in its methods that any criticism of its rhetoric could seem churlish. 

A photograph by Cherdwood Sakolaya, part of the ‘Night Shift’ exhibition.

We see pictures of happy gay couples strolling along a Bangkok pier and lounging amidst a beachside idyll; the models are "ordinary" _ no gym-queens, for instance _ and the images avoid stupid stereotypes about mixed-race partners. Moreover, the accompanying blurb isn't shy about mentioning the sleaze-pits of Patpong and Saphan Kwai alongside ostensibly more enriching cultural experiences to be had in this country.

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