Jim Algie

A mention in Lonely Planet helped make a quiet residential street in the Thai capital a magnet for backpackers. Alex Garland’s The Beach, later a film, made it famous. Then it started drawing a wealthier crowd, and gentrified. How will a revamp change the party strip?

Guardian spirits, severed torsos and spectres of protest in Bangkok, a Penang house of horrors, the offspring of pregnant women who died that reputedly haunt a Singapore cemetery – tour guides take visitors to some macabre destinations.

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