I have been travelling from Europe to Thailand on first 3 weeks of March.
Expectations of myself and my wife were great - beautifull sandy beaches, crystal clear sea water and smiling people. Well, unfortunately real picture corrupted this fiction.
In three week we travelled from Bangkok to Surat Thani, to Koh Samui, to Koh Phangan, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Hua Hin and back to BKK and fly home. Well thai people all around are not kind at all, not willing to help, at least not for free. Not even for a simple question on the street where to go for a train station. Actually most of the were rude and unfriendly. Where does it takes to? Such attitude is unthinkable in western culture. Helping foreigners is one of instinctive actions without doubt in our culture. I am talking about complete citizen range, also receptionists, various desk staff, sellers, all local people in Thailand were more or less terrible, completely without hospitality. Is this only mine experience or did someone had such? Only in Hua Hin the people were generally nicer, but all other places NO. Then, beaches had all cloudy or dirty sea water, if there was some better, like at Koh Phi Phi that there were a tons of turists and boats, so not possible to enjoy the place. And not to mention animals tourism. Animals are tortured in most cruel way possible. Does anybody noticed how they force elephants to carry people on so called trekking? Shepherds have steel hooks which they hit into elephants head in case of disobedience and this is only one example. And finally prices. All prices are over priced, accomodation, food, clothes and accessories. If you are willing to accept genuine local offer with catastrophic level of hygiene that is cheap, but if you buy anything with a bit of higher level of hygene or more westeren standard, than you pay it same or even much higher that in west. So at the end of the day I don't see a point getting in Thailand. Not to mention inviromental ignorance which is at level zero. I am so sorry that I was so badly dissapointed, but what about other people? And yes, me and my wife will definitely not go back again.