Update: Gringo Trails blog

It appears that someone wrote a novel that may or may not be loosely based around the story of the Thai beach featured in Gringo Trails, the documentary I discussed in an earlier blog (Gringo Trails: Asking hard questions about travel). The book is titled The Beach, and it’s by Alex Garland.

I also discovered that the book was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Of course, the book came out in 1998 and the movie in 2000. Goes to show how up-to-the-minute I am.

If anyone has read the book or seen the movie, I’d love to know how the fiction reflects the reality. Also, whether either of them are worth searching out.

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  1. I can tell you the beach from the movie is currently off limits being rehabilitated because it was being trampled by over 6000 tourists a day every day for the past eight or nine years.
    Coral is growing back and sharks have returned to the waters.
    The only downside is the monkeys have lost weight from lack of junk food passed on to them by the tourists. -Heh.

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