The Khao San Road, Bangkok - first stop on the backpacker trail. On Richardïs first night there a fellow traveller slits his wrists, leaving Richard a map to "the Beach". The Beach is a legend among young travellers in Asia: white sands circling a lagoon hidden from the sea, coral gardens and freshwater falls surrounded by jungle. In this earthly paradise, it is rumoured, a select community lives in blissful innocence. For Richard, haunted by the glamour of Vietnam war movies, a trek into unknow Thai territory is irresistible. He was looking for adventure. no heïs found it.