When i was in Bangkok, i saw some notes on a cafe notice board. They were the names of foreign prisoners, in prison in Bangkok, for drugs offences, who would like people to visit them.
I visited one of them, and i think visits mean a lot to them.
If anyone would be interested in visiting or writing to a prisoner, let me know and i will give u more information. They also like to get letters.
Am definitely interested in writing to prisoners
who have been punished for what they did. They are so
many outside the prison who have not been caught by law
for the wrongs they did.
Can you give me some addresses? Pl email them. Thanks.
Here are a couple of names, for u to choose from, and the address of the prison. But just send friendly, conversational letters. They are already being judged and punished, more than enough.
Bangkwang Central Prison.
117 Nonthaburi Road,
Nonthaburi Bangkok 11000, Thailand.
often thought about doing the same myself but never got round to it. I know from first hand what a forign prison can be like. was there no hassle getting in to visit?
There was plenty of hassle with getting to visit.
The police are tempremental. They find all kinds of reasons, for not letting people in to visit. U are not dressed properly. U do not have the required relationship, with the prisoner, etc etc. They make up whatever rules they are in the mood to make up.
And they pick through the presents u bring, for the prisoner/s, and decide u are not allowed to give this and that. But the rules change, depending on which cop u are dealing with.
But the prison is easy, to get to, if u are staying on or near the Khao San Road. Just a boat trip up the river, and then a short walk of 150M. So, at least the journey to the prison is pleasant and fun. If u are going to be in Bangkok, and want to visit this prison, let me know, and i will give u more detailed directions.
There are also 2 other prisons, as far as i know. I did not try to get to these, and dont know how to.
So what first hand expereince did u have, if it is not too private?
spent a while sampling the delights of a certain middle east dictators prison system. Most entertaining, Not.
Mel was trying to be as humanitarian as possible
to the prisoners. She didnt say that Thai prisons are the worst in the world .Where did she say that Middle East prisons are better?
If we have to criticize and sum up only the worst factors, we may hardly have to take effort to improve others. Let us not get personal. Let us try to reach out and understand others. Every nation has its minuses but it doesnt mean we have to say nothing about them.That is the purpose of being a tourist and getting to know diff cultures.
Excuse me Nivedita no one has critisised anyone on this thread, no one has said Thai prisons are the worst in the world. Mel asked me a question I answered. I can assure you that to all westeners middle east, asian and south american prison systems seem barbaric. If european prisoners don't have access to sky TV and have x boxes in their cells they're more than likely to take the prison to court for violating there human rights.
I've a lot of respect for people like Mel who make time to bring some sort of comfort to those held in forign prison systems
Guys sorry to play the heavy Mod here but this is a really interesting thread and l ask that we keep this as friendly as possible!
I do however agree with draggons in this case that the post by Nivedita was OTT and that draggons & Mel were having a properly civilised discussion. Please preview your posts before posting them on the thread to ensure you have grasped the topic and not picked up a word and taken the meaning out of context!
Back to the post - Mel it would be interesting to hear more about your experiences in the prision - can you tell us about the visit with the prisioners themselves?