The Last Day
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Though I remain loyal to Siam Huts for a couple of sunset beers, an occasional barbeque or restaurant meal, I take breakfasts at Nature Rocks. Nature has regular tables and chairs scattered on outside tiers. Yellow and white Singha umbrellas cover most areas but I prefer the proper shade at a corner table on the top tier. The new menu reminded me that it is the first of December and my Thailand visa expires tomorrow. The first also marks the beginning of 'the season' and ensuing rise in prices of food and accommodation. Though my rate over at Siam Huts remains at 250, my ham and cheese omelet cost forty Bhat, up from thirty. Two pieces of toast with butter and jam packets are still twenty, as is coffee. Nescafe. When Thais mix a cup, they tend to make it strong. American coffee, like American beer, is rather weak by world standards but I am accustomed to it and don't mind mixing my own light cup.
On the stretch of beach between Nature Rocks and the Siam Resort, along the coconut grove, I laid out my beach cloth and went for a few final swims, quickly drying in the mid-day sun. As the tide slowly rose toward a mid-afternoon high, I clicked a few photos of the beach peddlers and the far end of the beach.
The final day passed quickly. In the evening and into the night, I made rounds to my favorite bars from the main road to Nature Rocks to bid friends, old and new, farewell. With the building boom in full swing, there would be many new places to explore when I return in March.