If you like me come from a cold climate, you’ll always dream of white sandy beaches and swaying palm tress as you sip cocktails from a coconut. This is the bounty dream (I blame commercials).
But does it actually exist? Yes, it does! The island of Koh Chang in Thailand is a beach paradise. At least, that’s how I felt after 3 months of backpacking through Asia. But can a beach paradise also become tiresome? Can there be too much of a good thing?
YOU KNOW YOU ARE TIRED OF BEACH PARADISE
DREAM OF THE BOAT BACK TO THE MAINLAND - EVEN THOUGH IT'S A 1 HOUR TRIP ON A BOAT WITH A LAWN MOVER FOR AN ENGINE
HAVE AN ACHING BACK FROM THE HARD FLOOR IN YOUR BASIC BAMBOO SIAM BEACH HUT & WISH FOR A ROOF IN THE BATHROOM
FIND THE LANDSCAPE MONOTONE & LOOKING TOO MUCH LIKE YESTERDAY...
ARE NAUSEATED BY DRINKING JUICES & COCKTAILS FROM COCONUTS
ARE TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS LIKE THIS ONE - AND IT'S THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY
ARE SICK OF EATING GRILLED FISH FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER
THINK THE GULF OF THAILAND IS TOO WARM TO SWIM IN
SERIOUSLY CONSIDER MOVING INTO THE SHADE TO READ A BOOK
CAN'T TAKE ANY MORE SUNSET MASSAGES ON THE BEACH - NOT EVEN FOOT MASSAGES
ARE HAPPY TO SEE A THAI BUS!
Okay, 3. world problems…
You might want to explore something else than a palm beach after a while – but it takes a while. If you still want more beach, try Culture Trips’ guide to the best beaches in Spain. But when you eventually get tired of doing nothing, try to explore Vietnam from the back of a war veteran’s motorcycle!
Can you have too much palm beach?