MALAYSIA - This Thai town on the border with Kedah is getting a reputation and it is not for sex.
Malaysian gangsters are flocking to Danok town to get their tattoos either removed or modified.
It is located just across Kedah's Bukit Kayu Hitam area.
The criminals are heading there after a nationwide crackdown on gangsterism, reported Malaysia's The Star.
That gangsters are hurrying to rid themselves of tattoos is no surprise given that police are looking out for these markings, some of which are blatant gang symbols.
"We believe that the gang members mostly remove their tattoos in Kuala Lumpur, but some also go over to Thailand," said a police intelligence operative based at the border area.
"It depends on the capabilities of the tattoo artists," he said.
The gang members will typically spend a week there and party from dusk to dawn before heading back to Malaysia after their bodies are sufficiently "cleansed".
A survey by The Star found that there are six tattoo parlours in dark corners of the town that is part of Songkhla province.