WHILE Thailand is known for conservative values typical of any Asian country, nudist or “naturist” resorts where tourists can unabashedly bare all are thriving in the kingdom.
There are currently at least four such getaways – in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Phuket – catered exclusively for the naturist, all opened by Danish Gregers Moller and his wife.
At these clothing-optional resorts, visitors are allowed and in fact, encouraged, to go in the buff within the compound, where they can mingle with other like-minded individuals on holiday.
According to Moller, a 8,000 sq ft campsite dedicated for the nudist colony will be opened by year-end at a location somewhere between Bangkok and Kanchanaburi, the South China Morning Post reported.
Here’s another nudist curiosity – an educational nudist movie that at the time was widely touted as an ideal introduction to naturism.
Production values aren’t all that great and the acting is, shall we say, acceptable, but it has a certain charm about it.
The storyline is basic. A timid college student, Julie, is assigned to write a research paper on “Nudity in the 1980’s”. She and her boyfriend, Steve, visit several nudist clubs in England, the south of France and in Florida to learn about why people like nudism. And that’s it really.
Believe it or not, this was quite an influential movie at the time, so just in case you missed it first time round, here it is again, courtesy of Youtube. Enjoy.
Nudists were told they would be ‘exterminated’ after a gang of Muslims stormed into a German swimming pool yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Bathers at a nudist beach in northwest Germany say they were insulted and threatened by a group of “Mediterranean-looking men,” one of whom reportedly shouted “Allahu Akhbar” at them.
Staff at the Freibad Xantener Südsee said they were forced to call the police after the men refused to stop abusing naked bathers at the resort, which is near the town of Wesel.
Eyewitnesses told the German newspaper Rheinische Post that the group “looked Mediterranean,” had beards, and wore their hair long.
They are alleged to have shouted “Islamic remarks” including “Allahu Akhbar,” according to another German newspaper, Junge Freiheit.
This is a worrying development as it’s the first time that nudists, already treated with suspicion and sometimes scorn by some sections of the population, have been directly targetted by extremists, if that was indeed who they were..
Now is not the time to panic. We must stay alert and look out for one another of course, but otherwise, to use an old British wartime slogan, we must “Keep calm and carry on”. More on this here And here
An unidentified 18-year-old woman who took time out of a cycling tour to spend Saturday night at the Sunsport Gardens Nudist Resort in Loxahatcheea Florida was hospitalized early Sunday with stab wounds, according to local police.
While exploring the resort’s 40 acres on Sunday morning, the woman went out on a nature trail. A person she described as “young” confronted and stabbed her without warning or provocation.
Fortunately her wounds aren’t serious. There were no witnesses and it was unknown whether the assailant lived at the resort.
This is shocking news, not only for the young lady but for the whole naturist movement, which prides itself on the safety, friendliness and usually crime-free nature of any naturist gathering.
However there is nothing to indicate that this was anything other than an entirely random attack, totally unconnected with the nudist environment in which it took place. So, unless evidence to the contrary emerges, let’s just send best wishes for a speedy recovery to the victim, and hope that the authorities find, and punish, the culprit swiftly.
A bevy of models, Playboy playmates and stars of reality shows, feature movies and video games are asking a federal judge to award them more than $1.6 million in compensation for the use of their images without permission or compensation.
The case has been brought against Caliente Resort and Spa, a popular resort in Land O’ Lakes Florida, who, it is alleged included their photos on websites and other promotional items and continued with the unauthorised use even after being sent a “cease and desist” letter in September.
The case continues. Read more. . .
CNN might not be best known as avid supporters of the nudist lifestyle, but they’ve come up with a list of 22 of what they consider to be the best places to skinny dip worldwide. The post also contains a slideshow of of the dazzling locations mentioned. Be warned! You might not need swimsuits, but you’re going to need deep pockets to take advantage of some of the places on offer! The locations really are worldwide, and include Japan, China, Croatia, the USA, France and loads more. Dear old UK only gets one mention, ( Lady Falls, near Brecon in Wales) but I can vouch for this one as it’s not a million miles from my home and I’ve used it several times. Unlike some of the others it’s free to use, but you’ll need to prepare yourself for the breathtaking coldness of the water when you take the plunge! If you’ve used any of the places mentioned, why not comment on your impressions?
Rebekah Kendal comes up with some ideas about where to get naked in South Africa. The article itself is a little giggly, and she doesn’t mention the magnificent Sandy Bay beach at Llandudno, Cape Town, but there are enough useful links ( one of which I couldn’t get to work!) to get you started if you happen to find yourself in that part of the world.