Thai islands transformed as Asia’s rich live dream

Thai islands transformed as Asia's rich live dream - Reuters, January 4, 2004
..."In those days, people gave land away," said Chavalit as he smoked a cheroot and gazed from his durian and rambutan groves over Samui's forested hills down to the sea. "Who could know people would travel thousands of kilometers to lie on the beach?" ..."Traditionally, the mountain land was given to the favorite boy and the beach given to bad boys," said Ribail. "Now the bad boys are very rich because they sold to Bangkokians, foreigners or large hotel groups..."

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