Throughout my travels, I’ve had my fair share of problems – but I’ve had my fair share of luck as well. A life on the road is a life of the unknown, and that’s part of what I love about it. One day you might find yourself getting pickpocketed by Bosnian gypsies, but the next, you maybe falling asleep in the spare bedroom of an Internet billionaire’s private oceanfront villa.
Yes, it really did happen. Thanks again to Stefan and our wonderfully generous new friend Kelly.
Kelly is another Internet programmer and entrepreneur from the states. Like myself, it didn’t take him long to realize that, with a profession which enables him to live wherever he wants, there’s little point in confining himself to the US. So he picked up his life and moved it to Asia, never once looking back. The first few years he spent in Manilla before ultimately deciding to settle in Bangkok, where he now lives with his Thai model girlfriend Wan.
But despite moving across the world, Kelly’s never lost touch with his old American friends – including one particular friend who went on to become an unimaginably successful online businessmen. So successful that it’s enabled him to buy countless multimillion-dollar homes throughout the world – many of which he’s yet to even visit. Like this one. So in his absence, he generously lets his friends enjoy the fruits of his success.
“Hey, after the Full Moon Party, wanna meet up in Phuket for a bit?” Stefan invited a few weeks earlier. “My friend’s got access to a villa where we can all crash for free.”
“Sure, sounds great!” we said.
Never could we’ve imagined what he had in store for us.
This place was, without a doubt, the nicest place I’ve ever stayed. Nicer than my cousin’s enormous cabin in Telluride, nicer than Andy’s marble-floored condo in China, nicer even than the penthouse in Hong Kong where I ended up living for nearly a month back in 2008. Perched on a cliff less than 5 feet from the ocean, with its all-glass facade, infinity pool and waterfalls, plasma TVs and jacuzzi bathtubs, this place was, quite simply, amazing.
I can’t even imagine what it’d be like to own a place like this, yet have so many others that it wouldn’t even be worth visiting. All I can say is “wow.”
It was here that Herb, Stefan, Kelly, Wan and I spent the following week, hanging out by the pool and ordering roomservice by day, hitting the clubs on nearby Bangla Road by night. Located in Kamala Beach, the villa is just a cab ride from the action – but still far enough to give you that “tropical paradise” feel each and every morning.
Life is good. Real good.
The following is a promotional video shot at our villa. Not another unit mind you, but the actual one where we were living: