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The sun sets fast in the tropics - straight down and not at a lingering angle as in the higher and lower latitudes. With water and palm trees in the scene, sunsets are always different and always spectacular. It is the time of day that friends gather on the chill-out deck to share a spliff or toast a beer and exchange tales of the days events or activities. One of the low tables is already filled with forty or fifty drained Singha bottles. The empty rum glasses had already been collected by the precautious staff. Cheer and laughter flows from the two fun-loving 'firecrackers' from the Midlands of England and Dublin, Ireland, and the friends they draw to party.
As the day nears end, Thai fishing boats head out to sea.
A double decker boat makes a sunset stop and drifts several hundred yards off the beach while its towed outboard motorboat shuttles people to shore near Nature Rocks. The snorkelers and partiers are returning from a day in the waters around an outer coral reef island, and a visit to a beach on Ko Wai. I enjoyed the adventure earlier this year and would highly recommend it. On this trip, I intended to spend a week on laid-back Ko Wai, but it is difficult to leave Lonely Beach.
While the sun goes down, hardwood fires send smoke, heat, and glowing ambers into a darkening sky. It is surprising that the dry straw roofs of adjacent bars and restaurants have not ignited on windy evenings. Barbecues gone wild. Any resulting fire would probably be intense and rapid at first then, after the roof burns away, controlled by buckets of water. By dark, dynamic tunes intensify to kick off another night of parties. Tony over at Sun Set and the western guys and girls at Nature Rocks seem to crank out the best tunes, for this old fart anyway.