Brits' Quiet Night of Drinks Ends —in Thailand

Phillip Boyle: It was 'all a bit rash'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2015 11:15 AM CDT
In this July 28, 2008, file photo, a pint of beer is pulled in a pub in London.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

(Newser) – We don't want to know how many pills it took to kill this hangover: Two buddies went out for a few drinks at a pub in Marton, England, last Friday. Hours later, they were in Thailand, a la Hangover II. The idea for the spontaneous trip sprouted around 11am Saturday at Phillip Boyle's place. The men had headed there from the pub around 1am for a "quiet night" after picking up a "few drinks from the petrol station," Boyle, 33, tells GazetteLive in a story spotted by USA Today. Friend Jamie Blyth "asks if I have my passport handy and comes up with the idea of us going to Thailand straight away," says Boyle. "Then we got into a taxi he'd phoned and—apart from the short delay of picking up Jamie's passport—we were off." It was "all a bit rash," says Boyle, whose luggage consisted of a grocery bag containing a few shirts and some underwear.

The men booked two seven-hour flights spanning 6,750 miles, heading for the beachside city of Pattaya; they apparently "knew some guys from school" in Thailand. "On the way out there we sobered up on the flight and thought 'what have we done!'" Blyth tells GazetteLive. But they made the most of the adventure, which ran through Tuesday. It was "brilliant fun," Boyle says. "We went out for meals and to bars and didn't really sleep that much." He adds, "I'm feeling okay now." The guys admit they did face consequences. "I have fallen behind with a few things at work," Boyle says. Blyth adds his new girlfriend "was a bit annoyed," but "she's just been laughing about it and thought we were daft." (A night of drinking didn't end so well for one Qatar Airways employee.)

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