The Essential Thai Holiday Guide


Obviously I frequent strange and exotic places. It comes with the territory. Not everybody has dangled their feet in the foaming waters of the Clogger Beck, or watched the tide scour the bank away at Plumpton. But there you are. Some of us have it and some of us don’t.

Still, I was walking home and there, in the middle of nowhere, lying at the edge of the road, where the tarmac meets the grass verge, was ‘The Essential Thai Holiday Guide.’ I confess to being a little bemused. Round here people throw many things out of their cars. McDonald’s drinks cups, Kentucky Fried Chicken packs, pizza cases, pregnant cats, garden waste, builders rubble, and in one case, a full three piece suite just dumped in our lane.

Note when I say dumped in our lane, I mean exactly that. The lane is the width of a car and somebody had opened the back, dragged the three piece suite out and just left it, abandoned, blocking the road.

But this is the first holiday guide that I remember. Indeed I fell to pondering on the matter. Had somebody travelled here with their holiday guide, and finally realised that they weren’t in Thailand and hurled the guide out of the car window in frustration?
It’s an easy mistake to make; Barrow in Furness has so many things in common with Thailand, beautiful beaches, gloriously hot summers, lady-boy bars and beautiful, slim and exotic women. We even have boats pulled up on the beaches!

But why do you carry a guide to Thailand in your car? And why do you just finally sling it out of the window into the road?

And now it lies there, a parable in dead tree form. A metaphor for life, it initially held out almost infinite promise. But slowly and surely battered by life, the inexorable decay brought on by pounding wheels and driving rain it has moved slowly and surely from glorious dream to paper-mache road kill.

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19 thoughts on “The Essential Thai Holiday Guide

  1. The Story Reading Ape August 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm Reply

    Note to self – Clogger Beck and Plumpton are perfect vacation spots – my friend Jim said so

    • jwebster2 August 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm Reply

      And would I lie to you?

      • The Story Reading Ape August 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm

        Would you? 😄😄😄

      • jwebster2 August 18, 2016 at 9:25 pm

        Clogger Beck runs through Cartmel as is picturesque in places.
        Plumpton beach is a place on its own, suitable for those who like lonely, and a shade desolate

      • The Story Reading Ape August 18, 2016 at 9:31 pm


  2. M T McGuire August 18, 2016 at 9:18 pm Reply

    I went to Thailand with three friends in 1988. I am pretty sure that we went to that beach to recover from a communal bout of Thai tum which the four of us had er… enjoyed. If I remember correctly, three of us were well enough to face the trip there, by boat, to spend the day on that beach while the other stayed back at the guest house throwing up. I can’t remember it’s name but it was somewhere near Phuket and I left a nice purple t-shirt there.

    But I didn’t fly tip the holiday guide.




    • jwebster2 August 18, 2016 at 9:22 pm Reply

      even your recent motorway troubles wouldn’t have got you this far out of your way

      • M T McGuire August 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm

        I dunno, you should have seen the Sussex lane dive I did today to avoid a very slowly moving portacabin. It took up the full width of the B road we were on so I ducked up the back way. My dad took me down there once when I was about 14 and I was amazed I remembered the way. :-0

      • jwebster2 August 19, 2016 at 6:12 am

        When travelling, Lady wife and I will carry OS maps of the route, and because she’s seriously car sick, she drives and I navigate. As we go along I find that I’ve normally got a ‘plan B’ for when the motorway clogs and we’ve got to get out 🙂 Trouble is it’s a technique that really needs two adults

  3. M T McGuire August 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

    PS, the slinging it … saving up for something, a holiday, a move, a wife? Then something wrecks the dream and you just drive. You park in a side road and sit in the car, staring out at the hills, thumbing the guide, thinking of all the time you’ve spent and the effort you expended to get there or try … for nothing. And you sigh, and look into your reflected eyes in the mirror and tell yourself you were probably being daft anyway.

    You start the engine and as you are about to pull away you look at the guide, sitting on the seat. Yes, you think, it was a daft idea. You chuck it out of the window and drive away.

    • jwebster2 August 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm Reply

      you ought to be a writer, you paint a deeply tragic picture.

      • M T McGuire August 18, 2016 at 9:25 pm

        Yeh, and I ought to write stuff people buy!

      • jwebster2 August 19, 2016 at 6:13 am

        put it like this, the back of a Kellogg’s packet is still a better love story than Twilight and people wanted to buy that

      • M T McGuire August 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

        Hmm… maybe that’s where I’m going wrong. Phnark.

      • jwebster2 August 19, 2016 at 9:44 am

        every story needs more breakfast cereals?

      • M T McGuire August 19, 2016 at 9:52 am

        To much effort at Quality Assurance. I should be banging out any old shite, preferably with lots of banging in it. Phnark.

      • jwebster2 August 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

        that is the route that leads to financial success and the ability to pay income tax on your earnings!

  4. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt August 18, 2016 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Finally realized they’d gotten too fat, and the suit was never going to fit again?

    • jwebster2 August 19, 2016 at 6:15 am Reply

      highly likely. I remember seeing a photo of somebody’s mother and grandmother from just after the war. Pretty well everybody was slim and elegant back then

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