|The night's catch is taken off the boats and sold right at the beach.|
One has to travel a ways from the big resorts to experience the traditional Thai fishing industry and its accompanying beach culture, but it can be a rewarding experience to sit under a beach umbrella, eat freshly cooked seafood washed down with a cold drink, all the while watching the fishermen untangle their nets, fix their small boats, and set up their seafood sidewalk business, selling to street vendors and walk-by customers.
|Sidewalk sales of live crab right off the boat.|
|Mobile food vendors cook and sell fresh seafood from the bed of pickup trucks. Yum!|
|Umbrellas are strategically placed to ensure shade throughout the day.|
|Fresh deep-fried crab and shrimp can be bought at any time of the day for 30 baht ($1) per dish.|
|Two people work together to untangle their net while others take their boat out 200 meters to dump the debris--nearly all of it organic remains, such as shells--that had been caught in their nets.|
|More food! One doesn't have to even get up from the lounge chairs: |
The vendors will most assuredly find you!
|Vendors of cheap plastic toys and cotton candy do a surprisingly brisk business among the tourists.|
|The small sturdy boats await the next night's work.|