Tourist paradise works hard to tap Islamic market.
From hotels with segregated swimming pools to jelly made from seaweed instead of pig bones,Buddhist Thailand is chasing halal gold as it welcomes Muslim visitors and touts its wares to theIslamic world.
Inside the cavernous dining hall of the five-star Al Meroz hotel in a Muslim suburb of Bangkok, anelderly man with a wispy beard recites verses of the Quran as a nervous-looking groom awaitsthe arrival of his bride.
The young man bursts into a smile as his soon-to-be wife appears, clad in a brilliant white dresswith matching headscarf.
The ceremony is one of dozens of marriages held over the last few months at the Al Meroz - thecity's first entirely halal hotel.
Thailand has long been a draw for the world's sun-seekers and hedonists, drawn to its parties,red-light districts, cheap booze and tropical beaches.