Author finds a flip side to paradise in the Maldives

There's more to Maldives than luxury resorts.

There's more to Maldives than luxury resorts. Image by Romain Pontida / CC BY-SA 2.0

British travel writer Tom Chesshyre has uncovered another side to paradise while exploring the tropical islands of the Maldives. For his new book, Gatecrashing Paradise – Misadventures in the Real Maldives, the author visited many of the Maldives’ inhabited islands, which until recently were off-limits to foreign tourists, encountering communities struggling to come to terms with the outside world and first-world problems such as drug use, divorce and religious fundamentalism. Read more:

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