The last few hours in the afternoon in the office can really drag by, especially at the start of the week when the delights of the weekend seem like a million miles away. During these moments I start day dreaming. I start to find myself ignoring my computer screen and I catch myself imagining that I’m on a tropical beach. I’ve just got relaxed and I walk slowly into the calm warm water. The warmth nourishes me. Few people are around. I look down and the sea seems like glass it is so clear. I look up and see a few fluffy clouds in a light blue sky. I look to the beach and there are tall coconut trees, and behind tree covered mountains where eagles sport in the thermals. And then someone talks to me and I’m torn from my tropical reverie and back in the office answering a question from a new employee.
It’s always the same beach. It’s Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. It’s on Koh Phangan island down in the south of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s where I met my Japanese wife. The best of times. We try to go back every year. The locals on the beach all know us. We never have to haggle or worry about getting ripped off. It’s as a real beach holiday should be – cheap, relaxed and a million miles away from the office, the cold weather and the pressure of work.
We went for New Year’s Eve last year. We partied all night at the Funky Buddha in Thong Nai Pan Yai. I must have drunk too much as I forgot what happened between 3am and 7am when I found myself alone standing in the sea. It was a moment to savour. The first morning of the new year and I was in paradise.
Next time I want to go in the summer. In July. The weather is really hot and that keeps many of the tourists away. Our last trip we spotted a great holiday villa in Thong Nai Pan Noi to rent. It’s called Sunrise Villa. It is only 5,000 Thai Baht a night. It’s perched on a hill behind Thong Tapan Resort and has a truly awesome view of the bay, not to mention complete privacy.
It’s thoughts like these that keep me sane when I’m working in an office.