Unfortunately my cash advance soon dried up, and I ended up as far as that cash would take me—in Phuket, Thailand. Luckily, my journey brought me to the "Land of Smiles", where I have lived for the past 3 years, accumulating friends and experiences I would never have had if I never got that cash advance.
My wish is to tell you all about Phuket and the knowledge I have gained in my travels here. Read and enjoy, and hopefully I can inspire you to travel, to get up and go, to bring change to your life and broaden your appreciation of the world around you. Maybe, with a bit of luck and a bit of courage, you too will find your definition of paradise.
Important Travel Tip
I call him the Godfather of Kamala. If you need anything taken care of, Malcolm Morley- the owner of Blackcat's Bar-is your man. As I was to quickly learn, Malcolm's tough demeanor harbored a guy who would take his shirt off his back to help you out.
When I first met Malcolm at his bar, I was petrified of him. I could I barely understand his Manchester English accent when I signed the contract to rent one of his 32 rental motorbikes. But to say the least, I feared Malcolm for some reason. So, when I inevitably dropped his new motorbike on its side one night, putting a nice scratch on the new side panel, the fear of God was in me. I had 3 weeks before I had to return Malcolm's motorbike. Even worse, I had become a regular at Blackcat's bar, and had to park my motorbike out in front of his bar. I thought I was clever in parking down the street from his bar and walking in, but as I was soon to learn, nothing gets past ol' Malcolm. He knew that I spilled his bike the day after I did the deed, but he didn't say anything to me almost as a test to see how honest I would be! When I finally built up the courage to tell Malcolm about the scrape (the day I was to return the motorbike, mind you) Malcolm told me he knew, and quickly said no problem and we came up with an agreeable solution.
Read more: Blackcats Bar - Kamala, Phuket
If you've had a run of bad luck lately, then Loy Kratong is a Thai custom made especially for you. Occurring on November 10th, Loy Kratong will be observed on all the beaches around Phuket, and all over Thailand.
Made of banana tree trunk, banana leaves, candles and amazing decorations, Kratongs are small boats that are set to sea in hopes that they take away the creator's bad luck with them. You will see hundreds of these boats set sail into the ocean in hopes that the waves don't toss them before they escape the surf.
Read more: Loy Kratong-Festival of Light