[words and video © Mark Eveleigh]
Betelnut is one of Asia’s oldest drugs. Its mild narcotic effects are known, and enjoyed, all over South East Asia. The scarlet splashes of betelnut juice have long disappeared from the polished streets of Singapore and uptown Kuala Lumpur. Bangkok and Saigon will be purified before long. In backcountry markets in remote communities betelnut vendors still occupy their traditional posts. It was in just such a market in Danang that I took an opportunity to video what is becoming an endangered vice.
Betel Juice – experiencing Vietnam’s ancient drug – was filmed for roundtheworldflights.com