Mature Subject Matter
Thailand is a magnet for travelers. Every week 10,000 people travel from Britain to Bangkok, the gateway to Thailand. The country's beautiful tropical beaches are contrasted with a dark underbelly of sex trade and prostitution. This new six part series takes a closer look at the personal stories behind these journeys to reveal some startling and at times truly remarkable experiences. This episode follows two very different stories.
Angela and John are going to Thailand to attend their daughter Emma's wedding. But for them, it is a bittersweet experience, the last time they were there was for the funeral of their other daughter, Karen who died of anorexia. She was in a coma and her parents had to make the heartbreaking decision to switch off her life support machine. "It would have been nicer to visit Thailand with both our daughters. But that didn't happen."
Gavin is a married, middle-aged and in every respect, a typical British husband. He's on his way to visit his 27-year-old Thai boyfriend, LEK. His wife knows about their relationship and although she doesn't quite approve, they seemed to have reached some kind of accommodation with Gavin's unusual lifestyle. "We have an open marriage. She has learned to accept my sexual interest in my Thai men friends. After 40 years, we're still together which is more than most people can say."