you know that it's americanized when you see the seven-eleven, burger king, mcdonalds, etc.
the clubs had names like "captain kirk's" and "the library" and "charlie's angels." i ventured out to the chewang beach club. they had fireworks, fire shows, etc. (after all, it was a tuesday).
below is the room at the mandalay beach resotel (is it a resort? is it a hotel?).
below is a picture of the walk to the beach.
and below, of course, the beach. it was fairly mellow, actually.