Phuket welcomes long-lost friend

One thing that most travellers fear is being stranded somewhere with no money and means to get home. Unfortunately, just that happened to Phuket guesthouse owner Jerry Joyce recently.

Joyce is a New Zealander who owns Boost guesthouse in the Karon area of Phuket. After travelling to the island of Penang in Malaysia to apply for a new Thai visa, he met a Moroccan man named Lucas.

“I thought he seemed like an all right guy. After I got my visa, we took the ferry to Langkawi island and booked into a room at a guest house in the island’s main tourist area…Lucas said he was thirsty and that the beach vendor only had beer. He bought me two beers and said he was going to find a shop that sold soft drinks. When he didn’t return after about 30 minutes, I went back to the guest house where I discovered our room had been ransacked, and my backpack with my camera, my phone, all my clothes and camping gear were gone,” Jerry Joyce told the Phuket Post recently.

The thief stole over 70,000 baht and Joyce’s credit cards, as well as most of his personal possessions.

With no money, poor Jerry was forced to walk the 430 kilometers back to Phuket. However, the resourceful man did so with a smile on his face, spending the night at temples along the way.

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