Before our first visit to Thailand, four years ago, we imagined it will look something like Switzerland in tropics.
Not at all. Even if there is a huge number of tidy and fine resorts and spas throughout the country, the main street of a small resort town will look pretty much like the one below.
Healthy and bustling, but quite messy.
Motorbikes whizzing around and parked on the sides. Occasional mobile food stall passing a white couple that went shopping to the street. 7-11 grocery shop in sight, as well as some bank's branch. A lady looking for customers that are interested in massage, or the other massage.
Incredibly messy power cables. A constuction site. Distant hills.
And sweet, warm smell. A mix of food, sea and nature.