Paradise Reclaimed

Something was happening along the beach. The cries of alarm and the near-naked bodies splashing out of the serrated sea, alerted us all to invasion.

Only seconds before, we had been dozing under palm trees along the perfect white sand of Thailand's paradisiacal Hong Island. Along the gentle curve of the bay, elongated wooden boats jutted out into the translucent sea. As the blues of the warm, welcoming waters slowly darkened in the depths, they were pierced from below by proud jagged towers of primordial limestone. Our sand dusted bodies had lain prostrate in the sands, slowly roasting in the warmth of the all powerful sun. But now our reverie lay wrecked. We rushed to attention from desertified beach towels, and gazed out into the pure blue and white, to catch what came our way.

As dripping young flesh rushed towards the safety of the shore, I drifted down through the sands towards the parting, sun brazed bodies. A dark shadow was emerging from the depths, as tall and as broad as a fully grown man, but juddering through with a reptilian swagger. Remorseless and relentless, its long, jagged tail propelled it slowly towards land.

The snorkel sucking swimmers stopped splashing after life in the colour splattered reef, and now stood silent in the shallows, in thrall to the dark creature emerging from the depths. It casually crossed from one domain to another; it's sinuously scaled tail raking scars across the pristine sand, while its forked tongue flickered out through teeth like cracked coral.

As the beast from below slowly ascended to our heaven, a few brave souls dared to move into its wake, to lay witness to its serpentine majesty. Staying cautiously clear of its poisonously salivating jaws, a few of the less timid tourists tried to capture in time its prehistoric presence. The beast lurched ever onwards, unconcerned with our existence, only ever looking forward with its wound like eyes; as if it knew itself to be eternal, while we - and our modernity - would soon be vanquished from this paradise, like our sandal slithers in the fully cleansed sand.

The end was now in sight. The lizard-like leviathan lurched on towards the trees, crushing through sticks and stones, towards the darkness to be found in a tropical green hell. Its muscular black tail slowly slipped out of view, as it vanished forever into the tangled underworld.

 

Full Length Books

Tearing up the Silk Road

Two Globes A 100,000 word travelogue detailing a journey from China to Istanbul, through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus.

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Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves

My second full-length travel book revolves around an overland journey through Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali.

The book is now available in both print and eBook editions. Check out the West Africa Photo Gallery to view some pictures from this journey or view the full print version of the book cover.

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Turkmenbashi's Land of Fairy Tales

A Short Break in Libya

To Camels from Cows: Algeria Overland

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