Tag Archives: Thailand

On location: IVF and hospital nursery

Some readers will know that the topic of my current work in progress (aka WIP) is commercial surrogacy between Australia and Thailand. Today’s fieldwork excursion took me to a hospital in downtown Bangkok, where I know local women acting as … Continue reading

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On location: Heaven and Hell

Yesterday, I went to Hell, specifically, the Wang Saen Suk Hell and Heaven Gardens in Thailand’s Chonburi province, a trip inspired by an excellent post on Darmon Richter’s The Bohemian Blog. Buddhist Hell, or Naraka, is series of pits where Hell guards … Continue reading

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On location: Patong

If Patong’s Bangla Walking Street was a person, it would be a hyperactive child with a potty mouth, high on red cordial and running around with his pants off. I walk from one end of the street to the other, past … Continue reading

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On location: James Bond Island

The island-studded bay of Phang-Nga was rarely visited by foreign tourists prior to 1974. That changed dramatically with the release of the James Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun. Koh Khao Phing Kan — the Island of Stones … Continue reading

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On location: Kata Beach, Phuket

I remember being aware of Russians in Phuket when I first visited six or so years ago. But I don’t recall Kata Beach being quite the Little Odessa that it has become. All signage is in Russian, as well as … Continue reading

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On location again

Tonight I head to Thailand to conduct field research for my PhD novel. Specifically, I’m doing location research, visiting the places where my novel is set in order to strengthen the sense of place in my writing. Aren’t you impressed … Continue reading

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Baby Gammy Case Highlights Pitfalls of Surrogacy in Thailand

The baby Gammy case, which continues to make news headlines in Australia, raises issues germane to my PhD research on commercial surrogacy between Australia and Thailand. I have turned my reflections on the case into an article published by The Wheeler … Continue reading

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