Thailand is a vast and beautiful country. You’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s all about the beaches and the parties but there is so much more to it.
It’s an odd mix of ancient traditions and western-embracing vendors. But what it creates is an experience unlike any other in the world.
Here are just a few trivial thoughts I had from my four week visit:
– The temples are so refurbished that they almost look like a Disneyland representation of Buddhism.
– You are never more than 20 metres away from a 7/11.
– The islands, such as Koh Samui and Koh Tao, are so flooded with westerners that you could be mistaken for thinking you were in Tenerife or Malia.
– The Thai new year festival of Songkran is an incredible experience. It’s essentially one big water fight. Possibly the biggest waste of water on the planet…?
– White sandy beaches with clear blue are hard to get bored of (who knew?)
– Yes, there are ladyboys – lots of them. Everywhere.
– The full moon party was actually less raucous than I was imagining. I pictured the last days of Rome on a littered beach. It was actually quite pleasant and positive.
– There seem to be as many stray cats as dogs. The felines holding their own in this country it seems.
– Children as young as 10 compete in professional Thai boxing bouts. It is very surreal to watch two infants kicking ten bells out of each other.
– And finally, be prepared to be called “Hey tuk-tuk” wherever you go in Thailand.