Relax in the Khao Sok village
Famed worldwide as a traveler's oasis, Thailand caters to tourists in many parts of the country. Khao Sok is no exception (activity offices and bars serving Western drinks abound), but it's not dripping with tourists like many of its surrounding neighbors. After fighting the crowds of Thailand's magnificent yet very cramped beaches, it was so refreshing to walk through a town with lively yet uncrowded streets, actually make connections with restaurant and shop owners, and relax with an ice-cold Thai beer (Tiger was by far our libation of choice). The local village harbored some of the kindest people we met the entire trip, even opening early for us when a rogue thunderstorm came through.