I spent my last month in Thailand on a journey through historical ruins, beaches, people and food. The North-east part of Thailand, E-saan, is where I most encountered the land of Thais. It’s also where the visitor passes by silent and respectful, without altering landscapes and lifestyles. The historical parks that I visited in this area well reflect this strong sense of identity.
In the South the atmosphere is different and in some spots the tourism machine is disturbing. However, it’s still possible to find sea scenarios that evoke desolation. The beauty of the rich and green vegetation together with the brightness and whiteness of the sand bring one to that dreamy island of the imagination.
The general sense of calmness that I had found in Chiang Mai characterized also the people and the places in E-saan and in the South. Only once I felt a sad tranquility and it was while walking on a beach in Kao Lak, where the consequences of the tsunami are still alive. However, in the same spot where the disaster took place everyone smiled again and the fishermen reconstructed their long tail boats.
Something I found quite unique was the tide in the Andaman sea, especially on Ko Yao Noi. Early in the afternoon it begins to ebb, leaving without water hundreds of meters of sea bottom and its creatures. But in the morning the sea is back and it’s like it never receded. It’s an impressive spectacle in which the landscapes change, the afternoon boats cannot dock at the piers and thousands of crabs are working their late shifts on the beach.
I’m glad I was able to collect many timeless moments during this journey, sometimes walking in silent sanctuaries and other times witnessing the immensity of the sea and its elements from a cliff.