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.