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
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.