View from Siam Huts to Nature Rocks
Lonely Beach is rather crowded for this time of year. Usually the season begins December first, but heavy rains, flooding, and rough seas in southern Thailand sent many travelers and vacationers here to wait out the weather. November is the tail end of the rainy season. There seems to be large numbers of French and British. Scandinavians will swarm the beach around December. Days now are just partially sunny which makes for an ideal time to ease into the tropical sun and acclimatize. Evenings are slightly cool and afternoon breezes fairly common. Dwindling days of humidity are followed by light rains.
Fourteen years ago, Lonely Beach was an isolated coconut grove, only accessible by walking a steep jungle trail over the hills from Kai Bae Beach.
Siam Huts is located on the southern end of the beach where the sand ends and the rocks begin. Tree House, a hundred yards further south, above the rocks, was the first set of bungalows to appear. The beach itself is only a few hundred yards long. Next door to Siam Huts lies the pricy Bhumiyama Beach Resort followed by Nature Rocks bar, restaurant, and low-budget bungalows. Further north, a coconut grove lies between Nature Rocks and the massive Siam Beach Resort which dominates the far end of the beach. When the tide is high, the beach can narrow to just a few yards. Of what remains of the original coconut grove, some of the trees are being attacked by caterpillars or other insects and slowly dying off. Their eerie remains stand monument to a world gone bleak and colorless.
While white clad ladies greet passersby in an attempt to lure them to their outside massage platforms, hawkers trudge the daytime sands toting bundles of boldly printed cloths, red panels of seashell jewelry, fresh pineapple and coconut, or photo albums of temporary tattoos which are drawn on.
Canadians Crystal and Bonnie checking out fabrics.
Others peddle beach toys - Frisbees and paddle balls appearing to be the biggest sellers. Colorful printed hammocks are also popular but I will wait to get another of those until I come back through here on my way home in March. I always bring one home to add to my own deck whenever I am there in summer. When one peddler finds a potential customer, others mosey toward them; all desperate for a sale but never pushy or overly aggressive like those in India or western Africa.