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The CT’s Guide to Alternative Icon-Worshipping Cultures

Friday, August 10th, 2007

One of the chief goals of the Contrarian Traveller is to not only discover new, unvisited, authentic, un-de-flowered places, but also to discover refreshing new ways of icon-worship.

For instance, we enjoy traveling to countries where certain sports stars, athletes, politicians are not lionized. It’s gratifying to be in a place where no one knows who the fuck Michael Jordan, Bono, Paris Hilton, or David Beckham is. We’re also sick of traveling in a country where washed up celebs, such as Corey Feldman and Scott Baio, get tv shows.


Last night, we received an encouraging Telex from Metrosexual and SE Asian Editor Rob Jordan. Though Rob’s message, which came from a Western Union outpost in Chiang Mai, was hazy, and smeared with oil from the Telex operator, our Staff Interpreters, believe that Rob has detected an unusual permutation of celebrity worship.
“It gets very little attention in the guidebooks,” Jordan reports, “The Thais are bonkers about their 79-year-old king.”

That spindly, old, weakling, power-less monarch?

Yes.

In the coming days, make sure you check out the CT for Jordan’s report on the King-worshipping habits of the Thai.

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