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By Aaron Smith, Contributing Reporter

THAILAND - Even though it is known as 'the land of a thousand smiles', this offered Vivi little solace as we arrived in Bangkok after a grueling 24-hour flight from New York. Her throbbing toothache set us off in search of a dentist and not on the usual routes for newly-arrived tourists.

Happily, relief was found in the hands of a Thai-born Indian, Dr. Sunil. From the private chauffeur that collected us at our hotel, to the silver service at the reception with complementary cups of tea, fruit juice, foot massages and internet . . .

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