I arrived at the small fishing village of Thandie and Ngapali Beach in a rainstorm that was predicted to last most of my three day visit. My friend Kimberly who recommended the place repeatedly told me “it’s laid back time, read a good book, there is NOTHING there.” She was right. With the rain and the fact that the internet was out due to the storm, I was forced to un-plug and chill. The ironic thing was I was reading my book The Circle, an epic story about the future and how interconnected the world could become. The Circle is a futuristic company that buys Google, Facebook, Twitter and all the social media companies. It’s all about sharing everything and complete transparency in our lives. It’s a real thriller and I recommend it to everyone.
So here I am, without internet, wanting to make a hotel reservation, book an airline ticket, check Trip Advisor for restaurant recommendations, post my blog, etc. I finally let it ALL go and sank into the world around me and simply enjoyed. I would walk the secluded long white beach that was absent of resorts, restaurants, massage parlors, tourist shops and the usual vacation distractions.
The first highlight was lunch at PVI, a tiny restaurant only easily accessible at low tide. I had two grilled king prawn the size of lobsters. After lunch I watched the amazing life of the people of the fishing village. The woman were in charge of drying all the fish while the men performed boat maintenance. They would burn the bottom of the boat to blister the paint and reveal holes in the hulls that needed to be plugged. They seemed to be amused that I was so fascinated by the whole process.
When I checked in at the airport to depart, the passenger manifesto was hand written. WOW. I forgot to mention that while flying there in an ATR 72 the frickin pilot came in too low and we had to pull up and go around. I kept waiting for word from the cockpit about why we were 50 feet above the rocks on the coast and had to abort the landing.
Next stop…. Laos.