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By John Harris

For enthusiasts of Alex Garland's The Beach, a real tale of out-of-control travel
 
"Leaving the blinding sand for the cool color of the timber, I walked conscientiously throughout the undergrowth to the place Dave, utilizing twigs as chopsticks, was once identifying up a freshly severed human finger . . . "
 
John's journey to India starts off badly while his female friend, with whom he's touring, returns domestic. Left to his personal units, he quickly reveals himself the pointy finish of a knife in a teach station cubicle. yet his existence is saved—and became upside down—by Rick, an enigmatic fellow vacationer who persuades John to question his mundane plans for the long run, risking all of it for far, even more. quickly ahead to the Thai island of Koh Pha-Ngan, the place John, Rick, and their new pal Dave pose as millionaire aristocrats in a hedonistic Eden of gorgeous girls, unfastened medications, and wild seashore events. even if, after they locate themselves hotly pursued by way of the Thai Mafia, they embark on adrenaline-fueled trips to Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and Hong Kong, dealing with possibility at each flip. this isn't shuttle writing for the faint of middle: this can be an incredible actual tale of the quest for extra, at any cost.

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The dog was so fierce-looking that I didn’t even have the guts to shoo it away. I went into numerous guest houses, some of which I’d already tried, and every time I came out the dog was still there, waiting and growling. All of the accommodation was full, so eventually, to get away from the dog, I jumped into a tuk-tuk to the other end of the street; a 500-yard journey that the driver ripped me off fiercely for, but it was worth it just to be out of biting range. I was so tired by this time that I couldn’t be bothered to get my watch out of my bag to check the time, and had to ask a passer-by.

Coming out of the shop doorway I looked up at the sky, the clouds just about discernible in the early morning light. As I turned to pick up my bag and jumper I noticed the posters in the window: brightly coloured pictures of tropical beaches; blue skies, blue seas, white sand and lush jungle backdrops of the deepest green. Koh Samui , read one, Phi Phi Island , another. Two bikini-clad models were lying on a gleaming white yacht in one poster, and underneath the operator of the travel agency had written, KOH PHA-NGAN DAILY BUS / TRAIN.

I expected to return to the front and find the bowl of fruit gone but it was still there, shining, mouthwatering, like a mirage. At first I was reluctant to eat it. I wasn’t sure whether I was being suckered into some scam whereby I ate the fruit, watched by beady eyes, and got pounced upon and presented with an outrageous bill. So, hesitating for about two seconds, I picked up the bowl, arranged myself in the hammock, hesitated for another second or two while scanning the beach, and started scooping up the fruit whilst swinging to and fro.

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