Wild Sto­ries

Let's Travel - - ASIA -

They are in their early twen­ties and on their hon­ey­moon. I’ve seen them from a dis­tance in the break­fast room over the last cou­ple of morn­ings. The new hus­band, James, and I are wait­ing at the break­fast buf­fet for the con­veyor belt toaster to do its thing when he in­tro­duces him­self and asks if I’ve been out­side the re­sort.

Is he jok­ing? The ex­pan­sive five-star re­sort is fine but wouldn’t you want to ex­plore this hol­i­day is­land’s many at­trac­tions?

“We’ve never been in Asia be­fore and we’re a bit ner­vous,” James con­fides. “Es­pe­cially Rachel. She’s heard some wild sto­ries.”

This is dif­fer­ent. Wild sto­ries are what at­tract many peo­ple their age to the myr­iad bars and dis­cos at Pa­tong Beach.

That night I take James and Rachel to a seafood restau­rant on the beach out­side the re­sort. Rachel loves the food. James loves the price. Both are now se­ri­ously ques­tion­ing the warn­ing about lo­cal restau­rants in the re­sort’s room di­rec­tory.

Af­ter a cou­ple of drinks I sug­gest they take a drive to some of the scenic spots and per­haps go kayak­ing in the An­daman Sea.

They are start­ing to re­lax. Rachel is re­turn­ing the smiles of the Thai wait­ress. The charms of Phuket are be­gin­ning to work.

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