Thailand – a must-see destination. Lined with beautiful beaches and affordable food, as well as a great culture, this country seems to make everyone fall in love with it. It’s full of expats and digital nomads, not to mention the hoards of tourists who visit it each year.
Everyone loves Thailand, that’s for sure! Except me! I hate it!
It will be fun, they said!
All my friends had already visited Thailand and insisted I had to visit it as well. Being a die-hard traveler, I took their advice and bought a ticket to this heavenly place, as they described it. The day arrived and I took the plane to Thailand. For the first month, I lived in an AirBnB with a strong WiFi connection. The bars were great, the waves were kind for the beginner surfer that I am, but nothing was exceptional.
Digital nomads everywhere
I hated the fact everyone seemed to be a digital nomad who was trying to sell something to everyone they meet. And these people were everywhere! Literally everywhere!
I came to Chiang Mai thinking I was about to enjoy two months of amazing wildlife, delicious cocktails and hot weather. And in between, I was going to work enough to sustain my new lifestyle.
Well, the plan didn’t went on as expected. My new home was pretty expensive, so I had to work more than I planned. I ended up working about 6 hours a day. I was lonely, so after one week I packed my laptop and went to a local common workspace. Not a good idea!
The space was filled with so-called digital nomads, who were talking only how to mane more money and how to sell their blogs/products/books/etc.
Some of the “nomads” are more like tourism pawnshop owners: they try to make as much money as possible by exploiting the local culture.
Three weeks into my Thailand experience I met a girl and her boyfriend, who were going to Koh Phi Phi. They invited me to join them, which I did – bad, bad mistake!
The island was far from being the heaven described by my new friends. It was crowded, overpriced and pretty much a disaster. It was badly affected by the 2004 tsunami, so the authorities decided to rebuild the entire island. Which was a mistake, considering the fact Koh is now crammed with hotels, bars and shops. The buildings are chaotic, the streets are narrow paths.
As if this was not enough, Koh is crowded!
Apart from Chiang Mai, Koh Phi Phi is crowded with tourists who are trying to party like it no tomorrow. I visited the island in November, when the weather is hot and there is virtually no rain. In other words, it was full season. In the evening you couldn’t walk on the narrow streets without stumbling upon drunk tourists. Despite the lack of rain, the air was very humid, which made breathing difficult.
Food and drink was highly expensive, just like accommodation. I have to admit I never had this problem in Chiang Mai, except for my AirBnB, which was pricier than I expected. But the street food was affordable. But on the island, everything costs at least twice the Chiang Mai prices.
Five days were more than enough for me on the island. I packed my things and decided to return home earlier. Not to my Chiang Mai home, but home-home. I had had enough of Thailand! And I hated every single thing about it!