Thailand is well-known for its pristine white-sand beaches and incredible diving. The next stop on my trip was Khao Lak, a region roughly 45 minutes north of the island of Phuket. I chose this location for its seclusion, hoping to spend some time doing absolutely nothing on the beach.
To get to the resort I rented a car, I'm here to tell the tale of driving in Thailand so no need to worry as you read. The first adjustment was driving on the opposite side of the road from the U.S., not to mention everything in the car is a mirror image of what I was used to. This didn't cause too many issues, but I'm still adjusting to the windshield wiper/blinker switch. Whenever I try to turn I instinctively flick my left wrist, thus turning on my wipers and giving the people behind me no indication of what direction I'm headed. Thailand legally has rules of the road, but in practice it's a little more of a free for all. The drivers here give Boston a run for their money and tend to make more daring passing moves. It's completely safe to drive, as long as you are vigilant and predict the unpredictable.
My resort, Pullman Khao Lak, was exactly what I was hoping for. The beach is white sand and uncrowded, the water 50 shades of light green and blue. I've downloaded three books to my iPad and picked my favorite lounge chair on the beach. See you in five days reality!