THAI­LAND, A THOU­SAND TIMES OVER

Be­ware: Jour­ney across Koh Sa­mui, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son and you may find your­self in­spired to visit Thai­land, again and again

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IN DOU­GLAS COU­P­LAND’S GEN­ER­A­TION X: TALES FOR AN AC­CEL­ER­ATED CUL­TURE, Elvissa poses a ques­tion to her group of com­pan­ions. “Af­ter you’re dead and buried and float­ing around what­ever place we go to, what’s go­ing to be your best mem­ory of earth?” She fol­lows with the judg­ment that fake yup­pie ex­pe­ri­ences that one has to spend money on, like white wa­ter raft­ing and ele­phant rides in Thai­land, do not count. Well, as far as the Thai Proverb “Ram mai dee toht bpee toht glo­rng” goes, those who can’t dance blame it on the flute and drum, and thank good­ness the 32 mil­lion “yup­pie” vis­i­tors Thai­land is ex­pect­ing this year feel the same, my­self in­cluded. I have stepped foot on Thai soil many times – some were sum­mers spent on lively jam-packed beaches, most were spent hunt­ing up the best bar­gains in the city of Bangkok – and all left me mo­ments and mem­o­ries to cher­ish for life. With six days in Thai­land this time, I em­barked on the path to my modern nir­vana, start­ing south on Koh Sa­mui’s beaches, mov­ing up north to cul­tural city Chiang Mai, be­fore join­ing the hill tribes in Mae Hong Son.

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