Sex Island facing trouble as Trinidad and Tobago threaten to shut it down ahead of upcoming event

Sex Island’s sojourn in Trinidad and Tobago might be incredibly short-lived. The four-day cocaine-and hooker-filled party revealed on Monday that their “secret location” was actually a private resort on an island off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. A representative from Sex Island also said that authorities in the tiny Caribbean nation gave them permission to hold … Continue reading “Sex Island facing trouble as Trinidad and Tobago threaten to shut it down ahead of upcoming event”

Sex Island’s sojourn in Trinidad and Tobago might be incredibly short-lived.

The four-day cocaine-and hooker-filled party revealed on Monday that their “secret location” was actually a private resort on an island off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. A representative from Sex Island also said that authorities in the tiny Caribbean nation gave them permission to hold the event.

However, on Tuesday, authorities in the tiny Caribbean nation struck back saying that not only had they never heard of Sex Island, but they also promised to shut it down.

“It’s definitely not going to happen, there’s no such plan whatsoever,” Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith told local news station CNC3. “I can give the assurance that before the first joint is lighted, before the first lap dance is had, that will never happen.”

“There’s absolutely no way that something as organized and promoted as this can happen in Trinidad and Tobago waters.”

Griffith went on to explain that there are no private islands that fit the Sex Island description and that his department actively works to shut down prostitution in Trinidad and Tobago because “human trafficking is a very serious crime.”

When asked about Sex Island by CNC3 reporter Akash Samaroo National Security Minister Stuart Young bolstered Griffth’s hardline position saying: “I shall be giving instructions to authorities including the [Trinidad and Tobago Police Service] and Immigration that this is not to be permitted in Trinidad and Tobago. I have already passed this NY Post article onto law enforcement.”

A representative for Sex Island, however, was undeterred by the threats from Young and Griffith.

“No government official is going to tell the media ‘Yes we open sex island with open arms,’” the representative told The Post.

“We are not worried about having the event in Trinidad because we had the event last year and a private event every other month in Trinidad without issues.”

Sex Island’s 2018 issues with Trinidad and Tobago are eerily similar to the problems encountered with last year’s event which was originally supposed to go down in Colombia where prostitution is both legal and highly regulated.

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When news of Sex Island went viral, Colombian authorities cracked down and threatened to arrest any foreigners who attended the event.

With their event in shambles, the five men who created Sex Island relocated to the resort and private island off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago where, for the past year, they’ve been hosting private sex-tourism events that cost at least $10,000 per person.

Those private events are catered to the rich and famous, the rep for Sex Island told The Post, while the annual blowout event scheduled for Dec. 14-17 is meant for the everyman who has $4,500 to blow on a four-day, three-night sexual extravaganza, according to the company’s website.

For their money, guests each have access to two prostitutes as well as get unlimited food and drinks. Sex Island employees also act as go-betweens for guests and drug dealers who sell everything from cocaine to “toothy,” a pink powder that is like a cross between cocaine and the party drug MDMA.

Sex Island’s secret party location revealed

The hooker- and drug-fueled Sex Island will be hosted at a swanky resort on a private island off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, a representative from the company told The Post.

The four-day, three-night sex-travaganza originally cost $6,000 per person, but that dropped to $4,500 as part of a Black Friday promotion that is still in effect, according to the company’s website.

For their money, the 50 guests will each have two prostitutes available to them and receive unlimited food and drinks. Most of the women hail from Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico and other South American countries. A few American and Canadian girls are also slated to attend.

Besides the women, guests have easy access to drugs, with Sex Island staff members acting as liaisons between dealers and partygoers. Cocaine is far and away the most popular drug requested by guests.

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While the exact location of the resort and private island remain a secret, a representative for Sex Island says the company’s gotten the go-ahead from the authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

However, when contacted by The Post, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Tourism said they’d never heard of the event. They also said that both prostitution and drugs are illegal in the island nation.

Sex Island is the brainchild of five hard-partying friends who regularly host and attend sex parties around the world. The men, who are in their 30s and 40s, “sort of think of themselves as Robin Hood,” because they bring the everyman into their world, which, they claim, is filled with rock stars, prostitutes and drugs.

The five men, including two New Yorkers and a brothel owner from Colombia, are so passionate about their burgeoning business that they’ve turned it into a mini-empire.

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Besides the annual blowout Sex Island event that is designed for the public, they set up bespoke events for wealthy clients who pay upward of $10,000 per person to have private and customizable sex vacations.

Sex Island’s Dec. 14-17 event, however, is the company’s second attempt at creating the ultimate sexual tourism experience for the masses.

Last year, the five owners planned to host the event in Colombia, but when authorities in the South American country caught wind of it, they effectively shut it down.

Sex Island eventually found the island in Trinidad and Tobago that has become their home base.

Amsterdam officials crack down on excessive, ‘naughty Disneyland’ style partying

Officials in Amsterdam hope to crack down on excessive party antics from locals and tourists alike, as residents claim that increasing numbers of merrymakers are ravaging their city like a “naughty Disneyland” and bringing down the general quality of life for all.

“Amsterdam can better focus on banning groups of drunk, puking bachelor parties, for example from England. That is what really causes trouble,” Huffnagel said. (iStock)

On Oct. 15, a former deputy mayor for the city of Amsterdam suggested that local politicians currently in office even consider banning bachelor parties and their “drunk, puking” mischief altogether.

“Amsterdam can better focus on banning groups of drunk, puking bachelor parties, for example from England. That is what really causes trouble,” Frits Huffnagel, a former official, told The Sun.

Huffnagel further claimed that bachelor parties in the historic, canal-laced city, been getting more and more “out of hand” in recent years as they attract revelers from all over Europe. Though less than one million people call Amsterdam home, over 20 million tourists are estimated to have visited by the end of 2018, NPR reports.

Meanwhile, a city rep said that though Amsterdam welcomes tourists from all walks of life, change is needed – and plans to restrict the all-too-frequent consequences of excessive partying were set in motion back in May.

“Amsterdam is an open and tolerant city that welcomes everyone, but of course we do like our visitors to behave themselves when visiting. That’s why we started the campaign 'Enjoy & Respect,'” Amsterdam city spokesperson Lisa den Oudendammer told Fox News on Oct. 18.

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In May, a new city coalition government proposed the campaign, which includes a slew of serious measures to crack down any out-of-control behavior in the nightlife hotspot.

From restricting beer bikes, Segway rides and boozy boat trips to diverting cruise ships from docking in the city’s center and altogether banning Airbnb hosts from creating short-term rentals in the most chaotic areas, the campaign means business.

In addition, a widespread “tourist tax” is set to leap from roughly 5 percent to 7 percent, which is estimated to generate $105 million a year by 2022. A $260,000 campaign called “Enjoy and Respect” is also set to combat problematic behavior. Meanwhile, hefty fines for various kinds of depravity – penalties of $109 for public intoxication, and $162 a pop for urinating in a canal, disturbing the peace, or littering – intend to curb bad behavior.

While the measures may seem intense, Amsterdammers say such reform is a long time coming – and much needed.

“It’s a city where freedom is important and you have to accept a degree of nuisance, but it’s now out of hand,” Stephen Hodes of the independent thinktank Amsterdam in Progress told The Sun on Oct. 15. “The crux of the problem is that there are too many tourists. The only thing to do is to take radical measures, otherwise, it’s a consumption ghetto, not a city where people live.”

Meanwhile, two college-age tourists openly acknowledged that many in their age group treat the storied city like a “naughty Disneyland,” NPR reports.

"People our age come here because the flights are cheap and Amsterdam has this reputation of being a kind of Sin City," Londoner Callum Challinor, 18, told the outlet.

"But we won't. We're just here for the weekend, and we want to remember it,” his girlfriend Emillie Whitelock, 19, said. “Even my parents told us to go to the Red Light District.”

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Things are apparently so bad that the local council has proposed removing the city’s famed “I Amsterdam” signs from around the city – which, ironically, were erected in 2004, in hopes of improving tourism, The Sun reports.

Amsterdam's exhausted politicians, residents and law enforcement officials share similar sentiments with locals in Venice and Barcelona, where many are fed up with so-called "over-tourism."

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Bangkok’s abandoned ‘Ghost Tower’ is now a spooky tourist attraction for ‘urban’ explorers

Abandoned skyscrapers and haunted buildings are the settings for a new tourism trend that sees travelers explore creepy sites across Asia.

The pastime of urban exploration is drawing travelers to investigate potentially dangerous places like the so-called Ghost Tower of Bangkok, Bali’s Haunted Resort and the deserted Dreamland theme park in Nara, Japan.

Some of these sites are unguarded, allowing adventurous travelers easy access to them while others require explorers to bribe security guards to get inside.

Also known as URBEX, urban exploration involves traversing man-made structures, typically ones which are abandoned, with the aim of either documenting them via video or still photography, or just for the sake of adventure.

While it is not a particularly new activity, its popularity has exploded in recent years on the back of the rise of travel blogging.

Video-sharing sites like YouTube are filled with thousands of videos of travel bloggers exploring deserted buildings across the world. These videos have inspired many ordinary tourists, particularly younger travelers, to follow suit and visit the same eerie sites.

TOURIST SPILLS SECRETS OF 'SEX ISLAND' WHERE GUESTS PAY TO PARTY WITH PROSTITUTES

I first became aware of this travel trend while living on-and-off in the Thai capital Bangkok over the past five years. Countless times I have gone past the city’s infamous Ghost Tower, looked up and seen people scaling this abandoned skyscraper.

The abandoned tower attracts many extreme tourists, some of whom share their exploits on social media. (iStock)

Perhaps no building in Asia attracts more thrill seekers than this 600-foot-tall skyscraper, officially called Sathorn Unique Tower. This building was about 75 percent complete when its construction was stopped amid the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997.

It has been left to slowly degrade and now looms over downtown Bangkok like a giant architectural skeleton.

While the Ghost Tower is fenced off and there are security guards who patrol it, many tourists each year manage to get past these protective measures and climb the decrepit building.

WARNING: Clip contains graphic language.

There are dozens of videos on YouTube of tourists and travel bloggers exploring the Ghost Tower, with some even talking of bribing the guards to gain access.

One such audacious traveler is 22-year-old American Ian Ryan, who bribed his way into the Ghost Tower along with his girlfriend Adriana Ivkovic, 22, to record a video for their travel blog The Other Side.

On the couple’s first visit to the building, a guard warned them to leave or they could be arrested by Bangkok police. Ryan then paid the guard 100 Thai Baht ($3) to access just the ground and bottom floor of the building, before returning two days later and paying a different guard just under $20 to go all the way to the top of the Ghost Tower.

Ryan and Ivkovic then had to walk up dozens of flights of stairs, taking care to step over many obstacles and avoid falling into voids, until they reached the peak of the 47-story building.

“The thrill of getting into an abandoned building, especially one that is illegal like the Ghost Tower gives me a huge adrenaline rush,” Mr Ryan said. Since posting two YouTube videos of their Ghost Tower climb, the couple has received more than 60 emails from travelers looking for advice on how to copy their adventure.

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Fellow travel blogger Luca Grioni, a 24-year-old from Milan, Italy, has also conquered the Ghost Tower, along with numerous other abandoned buildings in Asia.

He said it was the best continent for urban exploration because, unlike in Europe or the U.S., where such trespassing could incur serious punishments, he felt he could always get himself out of trouble in Asia.

“The best sensation of urban exploration is actually the relief after you leave the location,” Grioni said. “It’s like doing skydiving where you have fun in the air but you are also concerned and when you finally get to the ground all the euphoria comes out because you survived.”

It is this thrill which also motivates 26-year-old Canadian adventurer Tyler Cave, who films some of his urban exploration exploits for his YouTube page Tyler Cave Productions.

He said he found it hugely satisfying to find a way inside restricted areas like the Ghost Tower and a haunted resort in Bali. Originally named the Bedugul Taman Rekreasi Hotel and Resort, this overgrown property in northern Bali is now called the Ghost Palace Hotel by locals.

It has gained popularity as an urban exploration site in recent years after stories emerged online about local beliefs that the long-abandoned resort was haunted by workers who died while constructing the property.

Cave said he had researched this backstory and had found the deserted resort to be “very interesting and spooky."

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“It is the excitement of discovering something different than we’re used to in our day-to-day life that drives my curiosity to keep exploring abandoned areas,” he said.

This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

Hang glider clutches to aircraft at 4,000 feet after pilot forgets to attach him

One Florida man vacationing in Switzerland was forced to hang on to his hang glider for dear life after the pilot reportedly forgot to attach the man to the aircraft, compelling him to clutch onto the glider with his bare hands at 4,000 feet for more than two minutes, in order to avoid what would likely have been a fatal fall.

The incident unfolded on the first day of Chris Gursky’s recent trip abroad to Interlaken, footage which he jokingly titled “Swiss Misshap” and shared to YouTube on Nov. 26. The clip has since gone viral with over a million views.

“My first time hang gliding had an unexpected twist when I left the ground unattached from the glider,” Gursky captioned the clip of his “near death experience,” The Sun reports. “Warning – content may by disturbing to some, including my wife.”

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“For 2 minutes, 14 seconds I had to hang on for my life!” he wrote of the scary scene, in which he hangs onto the glider as the aircraft soars at top speeds over a verdant valley, before coming to a crash landing.

Gursky tore his left bicep tendon in the crash, and had to have surgery on his wrist in the wake of the accident.

The adventurer is apparently in good spirits, however, saying that his miraculous story “beats the alternative.”

“I will go hang gliding again as I did not get to enjoy my first flight,” he wrote in the YouTube video.

Meanwhile, the president of the Swiss Hang Gliding Association has since described the tale as “horrifying”.

“This is such a basic mistake,” Christian Boppart told Swiss news site The Local. “On the one hand, it’s tragic and then on the other hand, they were lucky. It could have been much worse,” he said.

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“The sort of mistake in the video is what you learn in your first hour of training,” he continued. “It’s hard to understand what happened.”

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Aviation is aware of the incident, and has the power to investigate, and possibly suspend the unnamed pilot’s license moving forward, The Local reported.

“I'm glad you're OK,” one YouTube user commented on Gursky’s clip.

"This is why I never leave my apartment,” another agreed.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Florida man describes terrifying hang glider mishap over Switzerland, hanging on for dear life

Chris Gursky, a Florida man vacationing in Europe, spoke to Fox News on Tuesday afternoon about his terrifying hang-gliding incident: hanging onto a glider with his bare hands for almost four minutes, he flew over a picturesque Swiss landscape at 4,000 feet at 45 mph, nearly falling dozens of yards to the ground because his harness wasn’t properly attached.

“I just glanced down, and said this is it: I am going to fall to my death,” he said on “Shepard Smith Reporting.” “It wasn’t my time, I was going to hold on as long as I possibly could.”

He was confused as to what was going on initially with the takeoff: “Holding on for my life … Losing grip the whole way down.”

He said he remained calm and focused during the whole ordeal, even though the “up draft (was) pulling us higher and higher.”

He told Shepard Smith he may go again, but this time will ensure he is properly attached.

The incident, as Fox News previously reported, unfolded on the first day of Gursky’s recent trip abroad to Interlaken, footage which he titled, “Swiss Mishap,” and shared to YouTube Monday. The nail-biting clip since has gone viral: it drew more than 2 million views on YouTube by Tuesday afternoon.

The video edit started with a written introduction and then zooms in on the two men, with a note that the passenger’s harness wasn’t attached. After a countdown and running to a takeoff, the passenger was dangling to the pilot’s left, at times clinging to the bar or to the pilot’s clothes. The hang glider swayed but the pilot finally recovered control, sometimes hoisting up the dangling passenger over the tree line with mountains and a lake in the background.

HANG-GLIDING TRIP GOES VERY WRONG

Toward the end of the nearly four-minute video, the passenger ejected over a grass field and the pilot landed. The caption said the passenger suffered a fractured wrist that required surgery and showed a photo of a man in a hospital bed, and an X-ray.

Christian Boppart, director of the Swiss Hang Gliding Association, said he knew who the pilot was but wanted to respect his privacy as the matter is taken up by authorities.

“The pilot knew he made a terrible mistake, but afterward he made a good save,” Boppart said. “The first lesson is that you check before starting that everything is good, and that everybody is attached.”

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Boppart said serious injuries from hand gliding in Switzerland were rare.

Switzerland draws millions of tourists each for its bucolic Alpine vistas, outdoor activities and other attractions.

Fox News’ Janine Puhak and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hang glider clutches to aircraft at 4,000 feet after pilot forgets to attach him

One Florida man vacationing in Switzerland was forced to hang on to his hang glider for dear life after the pilot reportedly forgot to attach the man to the aircraft, compelling him to clutch onto the glider with his bare hands at 4,000 feet for more than two minutes, in order to avoid what would likely have been a fatal fall.

The incident unfolded on the first day of Chris Gursky’s recent trip abroad to Interlaken, footage which he jokingly titled “Swiss Misshap” and shared to YouTube on Nov. 26. The clip has since gone viral with over a million views.

“My first time hang gliding had an unexpected twist when I left the ground unattached from the glider,” Gursky captioned the clip of his “near death experience,” The Sun reports. “Warning – content may by disturbing to some, including my wife.”

PASSENGER’S ‘TERRORIST’ JOKE GETS HIM REMOVED FROM FLIGHT, DETAINED

“For 2 minutes, 14 seconds I had to hang on for my life!” he wrote of the scary scene, in which he hangs onto the glider as the aircraft soars at top speeds over a verdant valley, before coming to a crash landing.

Gursky tore his left bicep tendon in the crash, and had to have surgery on his wrist in the wake of the accident.

The adventurer is apparently in good spirits, however, saying that his miraculous story “beats the alternative.”

“I will go hang gliding again as I did not get to enjoy my first flight,” he wrote in the YouTube video.

Meanwhile, the president of the Swiss Hang Gliding Association has since described the tale as “horrifying”.

“This is such a basic mistake,” Christian Boppart told Swiss news site The Local. “On the one hand, it’s tragic and then on the other hand, they were lucky. It could have been much worse,” he said.

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“The sort of mistake in the video is what you learn in your first hour of training,” he continued. “It’s hard to understand what happened.”

Switzerland’s Federal Office of Aviation is aware of the incident, and has the power to investigate, and possibly suspend the unnamed pilot’s license moving forward, The Local reported.

“I'm glad you're OK,” one YouTube user commented on Gursky’s clip.

"This is why I never leave my apartment,” another agreed.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Amsterdam officials crack down on excessive, ‘naughty Disneyland’ style partying

Officials in Amsterdam hope to crack down on excessive party antics from locals and tourists alike, as residents claim that increasing numbers of merrymakers are ravaging their city like a “naughty Disneyland” and bringing down the general quality of life for all.

“Amsterdam can better focus on banning groups of drunk, puking bachelor parties, for example from England. That is what really causes trouble,” Huffnagel said. (iStock)

On Oct. 15, a former deputy mayor for the city of Amsterdam suggested that local politicians currently in office even consider banning bachelor parties and their “drunk, puking” mischief altogether.

“Amsterdam can better focus on banning groups of drunk, puking bachelor parties, for example from England. That is what really causes trouble,” Frits Huffnagel, a former official, told The Sun.

Huffnagel further claimed that bachelor parties in the historic, canal-laced city, been getting more and more “out of hand” in recent years as they attract revelers from all over Europe. Though less than one million people call Amsterdam home, over 20 million tourists are estimated to have visited by the end of 2018, NPR reports.

Meanwhile, a city rep said that though Amsterdam welcomes tourists from all walks of life, change is needed – and plans to restrict the all-too-frequent consequences of excessive partying were set in motion back in May.

“Amsterdam is an open and tolerant city that welcomes everyone, but of course we do like our visitors to behave themselves when visiting. That’s why we started the campaign 'Enjoy & Respect,'” Amsterdam city spokesperson Lisa den Oudendammer told Fox News on Oct. 18.

POPULAR TOURIST ISLAND IN PHILIPPINES REOPENING TO TRAVELERS AFTER BEING DEEMED A 'CESSPOOL'

In May, a new city coalition government proposed the campaign, which includes a slew of serious measures to crack down any out-of-control behavior in the nightlife hotspot.

From restricting beer bikes, Segway rides and boozy boat trips to diverting cruise ships from docking in the city’s center and altogether banning Airbnb hosts from creating short-term rentals in the most chaotic areas, the campaign means business.

In addition, a widespread “tourist tax” is set to leap from roughly 5 percent to 7 percent, which is estimated to generate $105 million a year by 2022. A $260,000 campaign called “Enjoy and Respect” is also set to combat problematic behavior. Meanwhile, hefty fines for various kinds of depravity – penalties of $109 for public intoxication, and $162 a pop for urinating in a canal, disturbing the peace, or littering – intend to curb bad behavior.

While the measures may seem intense, Amsterdammers say such reform is a long time coming – and much needed.

“It’s a city where freedom is important and you have to accept a degree of nuisance, but it’s now out of hand,” Stephen Hodes of the independent thinktank Amsterdam in Progress told The Sun on Oct. 15. “The crux of the problem is that there are too many tourists. The only thing to do is to take radical measures, otherwise, it’s a consumption ghetto, not a city where people live.”

Meanwhile, two college-age tourists openly acknowledged that many in their age group treat the storied city like a “naughty Disneyland,” NPR reports.

"People our age come here because the flights are cheap and Amsterdam has this reputation of being a kind of Sin City," Londoner Callum Challinor, 18, told the outlet.

"But we won't. We're just here for the weekend, and we want to remember it,” his girlfriend Emillie Whitelock, 19, said. “Even my parents told us to go to the Red Light District.”

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Things are apparently so bad that the local council has proposed removing the city’s famed “I Amsterdam” signs from around the city – which, ironically, were erected in 2004, in hopes of improving tourism, The Sun reports.

Amsterdam's exhausted politicians, residents and law enforcement officials share similar sentiments with locals in Venice and Barcelona, where many are fed up with so-called "over-tourism."

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Bangkok’s abandoned ‘Ghost Tower’ is now a spooky tourist attraction for ‘urban’ explorers

Abandoned skyscrapers and haunted buildings are the settings for a new tourism trend that sees travelers explore creepy sites across Asia.

The pastime of urban exploration is drawing travelers to investigate potentially dangerous places like the so-called Ghost Tower of Bangkok, Bali’s Haunted Resort and the deserted Dreamland theme park in Nara, Japan.

Some of these sites are unguarded, allowing adventurous travelers easy access to them while others require explorers to bribe security guards to get inside.

Also known as URBEX, urban exploration involves traversing man-made structures, typically ones which are abandoned, with the aim of either documenting them via video or still photography, or just for the sake of adventure.

While it is not a particularly new activity, its popularity has exploded in recent years on the back of the rise of travel blogging.

Video-sharing sites like YouTube are filled with thousands of videos of travel bloggers exploring deserted buildings across the world. These videos have inspired many ordinary tourists, particularly younger travelers, to follow suit and visit the same eerie sites.

TOURIST SPILLS SECRETS OF 'SEX ISLAND' WHERE GUESTS PAY TO PARTY WITH PROSTITUTES

I first became aware of this travel trend while living on-and-off in the Thai capital Bangkok over the past five years. Countless times I have gone past the city’s infamous Ghost Tower, looked up and seen people scaling this abandoned skyscraper.

The abandoned tower attracts many extreme tourists, some of whom share their exploits on social media. (iStock)

Perhaps no building in Asia attracts more thrill seekers than this 600-foot-tall skyscraper, officially called Sathorn Unique Tower. This building was about 75 percent complete when its construction was stopped amid the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997.

It has been left to slowly degrade and now looms over downtown Bangkok like a giant architectural skeleton.

While the Ghost Tower is fenced off and there are security guards who patrol it, many tourists each year manage to get past these protective measures and climb the decrepit building.

WARNING: Clip contains graphic language.

There are dozens of videos on YouTube of tourists and travel bloggers exploring the Ghost Tower, with some even talking of bribing the guards to gain access.

One such audacious traveler is 22-year-old American Ian Ryan, who bribed his way into the Ghost Tower along with his girlfriend Adriana Ivkovic, 22, to record a video for their travel blog The Other Side.

On the couple’s first visit to the building, a guard warned them to leave or they could be arrested by Bangkok police. Ryan then paid the guard 100 Thai Baht ($3) to access just the ground and bottom floor of the building, before returning two days later and paying a different guard just under $20 to go all the way to the top of the Ghost Tower.

Ryan and Ivkovic then had to walk up dozens of flights of stairs, taking care to step over many obstacles and avoid falling into voids, until they reached the peak of the 47-story building.

“The thrill of getting into an abandoned building, especially one that is illegal like the Ghost Tower gives me a huge adrenaline rush,” Mr Ryan said. Since posting two YouTube videos of their Ghost Tower climb, the couple has received more than 60 emails from travelers looking for advice on how to copy their adventure.

12 OF THE BEST-KEPT SECRET BEACHES AROUND THE WORLD

Fellow travel blogger Luca Grioni, a 24-year-old from Milan, Italy, has also conquered the Ghost Tower, along with numerous other abandoned buildings in Asia.

He said it was the best continent for urban exploration because, unlike in Europe or the U.S., where such trespassing could incur serious punishments, he felt he could always get himself out of trouble in Asia.

“The best sensation of urban exploration is actually the relief after you leave the location,” Grioni said. “It’s like doing skydiving where you have fun in the air but you are also concerned and when you finally get to the ground all the euphoria comes out because you survived.”

It is this thrill which also motivates 26-year-old Canadian adventurer Tyler Cave, who films some of his urban exploration exploits for his YouTube page Tyler Cave Productions.

He said he found it hugely satisfying to find a way inside restricted areas like the Ghost Tower and a haunted resort in Bali. Originally named the Bedugul Taman Rekreasi Hotel and Resort, this overgrown property in northern Bali is now called the Ghost Palace Hotel by locals.

It has gained popularity as an urban exploration site in recent years after stories emerged online about local beliefs that the long-abandoned resort was haunted by workers who died while constructing the property.

Cave said he had researched this backstory and had found the deserted resort to be “very interesting and spooky."

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“It is the excitement of discovering something different than we’re used to in our day-to-day life that drives my curiosity to keep exploring abandoned areas,” he said.

This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

Florida man describes terrifying hang glider mishap over Switzerland, hanging on for dear life

Chris Gursky, a Florida man vacationing in Europe, spoke to Fox News on Tuesday afternoon about his terrifying hang-gliding incident: hanging onto a glider with his bare hands for almost four minutes, he flew over a picturesque Swiss landscape at 4,000 feet at 45 mph, nearly falling dozens of yards to the ground because his harness wasn’t properly attached.

“I just glanced down, and said this is it: I am going to fall to my death,” he said on “Shepard Smith Reporting.” “It wasn’t my time, I was going to hold on as long as I possibly could.”

He was confused as to what was going on initially with the takeoff: “Holding on for my life … Losing grip the whole way down.”

He said he remained calm and focused during the whole ordeal, even though the “up draft (was) pulling us higher and higher.”

He told Shepard Smith he may go again, but this time will ensure he is properly attached.

The incident, as Fox News previously reported, unfolded on the first day of Gursky’s recent trip abroad to Interlaken, footage which he titled, “Swiss Mishap,” and shared to YouTube Monday. The nail-biting clip since has gone viral: it drew more than 2 million views on YouTube by Tuesday afternoon.

The video edit started with a written introduction and then zooms in on the two men, with a note that the passenger’s harness wasn’t attached. After a countdown and running to a takeoff, the passenger was dangling to the pilot’s left, at times clinging to the bar or to the pilot’s clothes. The hang glider swayed but the pilot finally recovered control, sometimes hoisting up the dangling passenger over the tree line with mountains and a lake in the background.

HANG-GLIDING TRIP GOES VERY WRONG

Toward the end of the nearly four-minute video, the passenger ejected over a grass field and the pilot landed. The caption said the passenger suffered a fractured wrist that required surgery and showed a photo of a man in a hospital bed, and an X-ray.

Christian Boppart, director of the Swiss Hang Gliding Association, said he knew who the pilot was but wanted to respect his privacy as the matter is taken up by authorities.

“The pilot knew he made a terrible mistake, but afterward he made a good save,” Boppart said. “The first lesson is that you check before starting that everything is good, and that everybody is attached.”

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Boppart said serious injuries from hand gliding in Switzerland were rare.

Switzerland draws millions of tourists each for its bucolic Alpine vistas, outdoor activities and other attractions.

Fox News’ Janine Puhak and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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