A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Phuket
Economist Paul Romer once said “A Crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” Although he was referring to the rapidly rising education levels in other countries versus the US, economists took it as a positive spin on the 2008 market downturn. I am going to take it one step further and apply it to booking hotels in Thailand during low season and during a political crisis.
Why am I doing this? Well for three months I have been in hostels so as to reward myself and to take advantage of said unrest, I decided to book a five star resort in Phuket for three nights. How could I afford this? Luckily the cost was only $60 USD a night. I love Thailand.
Now I also want to take a step back. In my blog post about Kuala Lumpur, I mentioned a certain Charlotte that I met and how we hung out for my last day in Kuala Lumpur. What I failed to mention in that post was that she also joined me on my three day relaxation binge in Phuket.
In the above referenced post, I said that after seeing Malnificent, we watched a thunderstorm and then I went to bed. That was really a half truth. In actuality, Charlotte and I went out for beers. After some liquid courage, and since we had a lot in common, I decided to ask her if she wanted to join me in Phuket. I wasn’t at all surprised when she said yes. I mean, come on, who could resist three nights with the Sweater in a five star resort.
Kidding – I was shocked.
Less so by the fact that she said yes and more so by the fact that I just witnessed a girl who I had met less than a day ago book a last minute flight to join me on a vacation in a totally different country. But in reality, and I know I have said this many times, this is a fantastic example of how my life has changed. Expect the unexpected and go with the flow. I fucking love it.
Now I know what most of you are thinking…. well at least what most of my male readers are thinking. Nothing happened. In fact, our relationship was purely platonic. I don’t know why I am going into the details of my personal life here, as if it is any of your business, but I think I am because I just wanted to elaborate on what great of a time I had with Charlotte while dismissing any incorrect notions of my intentions. Plus if the more intricate details of my posts or personal life offend you then don’t read them. Going forward, I want and hope to be more open with my readers. In a way, I feel sort of nervous hitting publish on this post. What will people think? But maybe feeling nervous about having a story to tell is a good thing. Only time will tell.
Anyway, so here we are, Charlotte and I on our mini-vacation together. Much to my amusement, we both were on the same flight and made our way to the airport together. We landed in Phuket and took a short bus ride to the hotel. Upon arrival we were welcomed with Jasmine flowers and mango juice. “Hello Mr. Doucette – Welcome to paradise.”
Over the next three days I didnt do much. I read a lot. Worked out in the fitness center, sat by the pool, and took jacuzzi baths. For dinner, Charlotte and I went into town or ate at the hotel restaurant. We spent our evenings sitting on the balcony, drinking beers and listening to Charlotte’s superb choice in music. We went to bed early and woke up late. Most afternoons, I reveled in Charlotte’s hilarious stories regarding her travels, and most mornings, I just sat by the pool alone …with thoughts flowing lazily through my head. I think a quote by Mark Twain best sums it up. “Good friends, good books, and a sleep conscience: this is the ideal life.”
*yes alia. I did put that quote in there just for you
All in all, I am glad Charlotte came. I think I would have been utterly lonely by myself. Plus the resort was filled with all couples. When it came time to leave, I went to the front desk and asked for a one way ticket to Koh Phi Phi for only one person. I guess they weren’t use to backpackers at the resort because the receptionist couldn’t figure out why I would just want one ticket one way all alone; especially when I came with a girl. Charlotte chose to stay in Phuket. She was heading back to England soon and needed to fly back to KL. Or maybe she was sick of the me. Who knows.
But I do know one thing… and then there was one…
Next stop Koh Phi Phi.