Prison sights in Asia
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Thailand’s permissive reputation is juxtaposed by strict antidrug laws that often land foreign nationals in a prison system with feudal conditions. A sobering and charitable expedition is to visit an inmate, bringing them news of the outside, basic supplies and reading materials. The regulations for visits are quite involved and require pre-arrival research. You must dress respectfully (long sleeves and long pants), bring your passport for registration purposes, and have the name and building number of the inmate you plan to visit. Inmate information can be obtained from most embassies. Visiting hours and days vary depending on the building the inmate is housed in. Male…
Across the river from the old prison is this modern construction, a very real and very secure working prison home to just under 800 inmates. Given the notoriety of its precursor, the modern prison has become something of a tourist attraction, complete with a tiny museum and gift shop where crafts made by inmates can be purchased. It's also possible to walk around outside the prison walls, though further entry and photographs are prohibited.