Thailand is fast becoming the destination of choice for many travelers. It houses an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and modern day experiences.
Throughout all of our explorations of the country, we have enjoyed every experience and always found the people to be warming and friendly. One location however was a real disappointment, the town of Lamai in Koh Samui.
Koh Samui is a very popular island with the backpacking community but in all honesty I still don’t know why. It really doesn’t match up against the likes of Krabi, Koh Phangan, Koh Phi Phi and Chiang Mai. Granted it is an island with many beautiful beaches, and taking a tour around it is well worth the investment of you so wish.
Lamai however was a new level of seedy, we were swamped by the sex trade every time we went out. I realise that there is a difference in culture and we witnessed it on numerous occasions, especially in Patong. It was just more intense here… the bars and main road seemed full of it, we couldn’t escape. It was just too much…
Of course there was some positives, the beach had an amazing bar that became our solace. We became such regulars that we started to have breakfast, lunch and dinner there. The owners were a lovely Thai couple and it was a authentic and far enough away from the town that it retained some sort of anonymity.
A crazy night out in the city of Chaweng was one of our finest experiences of that trip. We chatted, we drank, we laughed and we danced into the early hours of the morning. Other than that the crocodile, snake and elephant farms were the only memorable experience.
It all seems a bit negative I know, but we had so many memorable times in Thailand, I want to give you an accurate portrayal of an island I really think is over-hyped.
If you are planning a trip to Thailand be sure to include the likes of Koh Phi Phi, Phangan, Tao and Chiang Mai they will not disappoint.