Lamu is possibly one of the most relaxing places on earth. Lamu is also the name given to the only town on Lamu island. Established in the 14th century, Lamu has been a trading town between Arabia and India for hundreds of years. It is the oldest surviving Swahili town in Kenya, and still retains its vibrant culture, charm, and a way of life from its unique past. Even today, there are no cars on the island, because the streets are only wide enough for donkeys and pedestrians. In the evenings, the aroma of thick coffee permeates the atmosphere; old men sit together philosophizing on the front steps of their houses, and little boys chase one another, darting in and out of quaint shops that line the main street. Lamu is a fascinating place with a very peaceful atmosphere.