So…after 3 very peaceful and tranquil days at Mai Khao Beach (if you are choosing where to stay on Pukhet, I really recommend the northern part and Mai Khao!) we decided to throw ourselves right into the biggest tourist jungle. Why?!? Because we wanted our Thai experience to be as diverse as possible:)
From Pukhet airport we took a shared mini-van with lots of young couples who clearly came for party… and they were all dropped off in Patong (=synonym for crazy nightlife), only us and one older gentlemen chose the next beach, KARON. Compared to other super beautiful beaches in Thailand this one is rather uninteresting, and I agree – it feels quite Cheap and tacky .
It is rather curious- if you are going to such an amazing country with plentiful beaches… why would you choose to stay on the very same one that everybody else does?!? And still… some people probably love mass tourism and pre-packaged holidays.
We DON’T 🙂 So we rented a scooter and started to explore what is around us.
First we explored the coast. Already the next beach – Kata beach – is much more quiter and beautiful. We started to stop there often for our daily fix of coconuts 🙂 I just can’t get enough of them, often we have 2 or 3 in a day. Muaaah, they are just so refreshing!
Our favorite (and also clearly the most posh) was the last beach – Kata Noi. With its luxurious private resorts and beautiful bungalows on the hill in a little secluded bay it has a very different feeling that touristy Patong. OK, also one night here costs more than all our holidays 😉 We stayed there to enjoy sunset.
In the late night we set off to discover the sin center of Patong – Bangla Road. As the travel guide says, it is a place so incredibly infamous that even parents on holidays or seniors end up going there just to see. So did we 🙂
It is hard to desribe – my feeling was “a shopping center for prostitution” or “Las Vegas with all the drinking plus lot of sex”: go-go bars, nightclubs, ladyboys, massage parlors and transgender cabarets that overflow into the street along neon-lit Bangla Road and in the Paradise Complex.
An interesting phenomenon in Thailand are the ladyboys in different shapes and forms: transgender, transvestite or cross-dresser – someone who is so feminine on every level that it becomes almost impossible to differentiate a ladyboy from a real girl. In Thai also called “Katoeys”, they are very well integrated into Thai life and no-one looks down on them… Here passionately inviting passers-by into a bar for show:
OK, been there…(didn’t really do it, and didn’t got the T-shirt)…but still it was time to go home. The one thing that I found actually nice about Patong was that even in the night it was full of people watching sea, having their (more or less:)) romantic days on the beach…
And – next day we went to Pukhet City, and tomorrow we are heading to the beautiful island of Koh Lanta, so stay tuned! 🙂