As beautiful as the South of Thailand is it is spoiled by the tourist hordes. The “farang” there are treated as cattle. They take you into only tourist buses/vans, drop you in random places in the middle of nowhere and you wait without knowing when the next van/pickup/boat… will take you to your destination or another hub. Once you reach your destination the money milking starts. Always the same routine. Time to break it and go North.
I arrived then to Chang Mai. Still on the tourist trail but quite different. Prices are lower and both locals and farang nicer. It is a pretty city with plenty of temples, a few great bookshops and amazing food everywhere. So good it was that I took a cooking lesson. OK, I did it expecting to meet chicks.