Drifting in Phuket
Drift - to be carried along by a current.
Phuket is a great destination for drifting.
As Phuket is famous for sand and water, we spent a day drifting along a couple of small islands, Koh Kai Nok and Koh Kai Nai, off the east coast.
|Snorkeling over colorful reefs, I watched parrotfish munching, rockfish
lurking, and smaller fish darting among the staghorn, brain, tabletop, vase, and flower
At one point, I was floating through a school of small yellow fish, listening to the sound of my breathing, when the fish suddenly disappeared. I wondered why, until I noticed two six-foot long sharks, about ten feet to my right.
Cool, I thought. I was pretty happy
to see sharks so close.
With the sharks gone, I resumed drifting in body and mind, over the reefs.
||Even on land, we spent much of our time drifting.
Drifting up beaches, on an ocean breeze. Drifting through shops, lured by low prices. Drifting through hotel grounds, during humid evenings.
At The Banyan Tree Spa, I drifted on the current of Lor's experienced hands, during a lomi lomi massage, with music and incense in the air.
Times like this remind you that control is a massively over-rated concept.
|Wisdom consists of knowing when to release control, and when to take
And everything about Phuket says, "Release".
Including the hotels.
|That is not a problem at the Banyan Tree.
Every room is Thai-style.
Natural woods, silk fabrics, and traditional arts abound in each villa.
The rooms create
a current that, like Phuket, encourages you to relax, let go, and...