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Picture-Perfect paradise

Thailand is a popular location for foreign film productions, and the movies draw hordes of tourists to the Land of Smiles

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The camera zooms in, revealing a bald Chinese man in a suit lying unconscious by a stream. Eventually he opens his eyes and asks: "Where are we?" Another man walking towards him replies: "Thailand." That is the moment their journey in the Land of Smiles begins. 

The Railway Man starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman was filmed at a locomotive storage centre in Bangkok.

On the way, they experience culture shock related to ladyboys, illegal dealing of Buddha statues, Thai spas and more. In the end, one of them fulfils every one of his dreams, including enjoying a Thai spa and fighting a muay Thai master.

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