A 72 year old American man has become something of a YouTube star after his first trip abroad following a double bereavement ,was to Thailand.
Saying it better than the Thai tourist authorities ever could, young at heart Ron Floyd from Oklahoma has a strong message to other old timers dragging their feet in their home countries:
“Get over here – you will not regret it. Don’t sit on your butt like I did!”
About six or seven years ago both Ron’s wife then his mother died from illness within a year of each other. His world fell apart and by his own admission he became a hermit relying on anti-depressants to get through the day.
But after a Canadian friend with a Thai wife inspired him and he received the help and assistance from a blogger and others in Thailand, he finally plucked up the courage to make the trip .
But it took courage – Ron admitted on YouTube that he is the kind of person that finds it hard to get out of his comfort zone.
“It was the hardest thing I have done in my life”, said Ron who admitted being scared and apprehensive.
“Coming to Thailand was like falling onto another planet”, he said on what was his very first trip out of the States.
Since his arrival he has been taken under the wing of locals and shown a good time in Pattaya and Hua Hin after arriving from the USA in Bangkok.
His first night fresh off the plane started at midday and didn’t end until 4am while another night seems to have ended with a “surprise visitor”.
The story of Ron has been viewed by tens of thousands and he clearly hopes that his story will be an inspiration to others to go to Thailand and make the most of your life – no matter what your circumstances.
Times comment:-This guy has got it absolutely right. We are a long time dead and should make the most of our twilight years. Ignore convention and the views of narrow-minded people who deep down are only jealous that they don’t have the courage to do the same.
The competition to be the “Oldest Swinger In Town” is pretty intense here ! LONG may it continue !