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On the Beach ౼ Sun and Fun
A showcase Distinguishing Specifics of Thailand Beaches
Populated beach areas in Thailand are divided into sections and the owner (usually families) of each lot is responsible for its operation, much the same as in restaurants. The beaches are actually free, but you will be charged for the services you bought. The charge starts from half a dollar to a dollar per chair, though haggling is quite customary in Thailand.
Relaxing and having fun is what a holiday is all about, and the sandy beaches of Pattaya and Jomtien Beach, in particular, give you the perfect setting to do just that. The only struggle is you can never get enough of it.
Until sunset (leisure time), fellow holiday-makers are on the charming and hospitable Jomtien beach relaxing on reclining chairs with large umbrellas and small tables close at hand. Top hotels provide their guests with beach towels. Some prefer on a golden sand near the ocean, most favor a bit farther back in the shade of nearby trees. All enjoy the services of the surrounding beach restaurants or have long bargains with the local hucksters. Lots of folks walk around the beaches carrying food, fruit, drinks, ice-creams, garments, handicrafts, newspapers, and many other goods and services.
Have you ordered a seafood lunch (i.e. giant shrimps or king lobsters along with some cold beer), they would barbecue your lunch right in front of you and would serve it accompanied by special gravies and vegetables... Can you feel that aroma?
Even if you're a king or a queen, leisure on the beach is hard work. A great deal of water sports activities are at hand: swimming, scooters, water-skiing, surf-riding, windsurfing, speedboats, parasailing, and more. Some employ themselves playing intellectual table games like cards, domino, chess, and backgammon, being the most popular among Westerners. Backgammon tourneys initiated by expats and locals in the nearby beach restaurant draw numerous participants and lots of bystanders.
It isn't unusual to see women topless, as some European ladies opt for, or in full swimsuits and bikinis, as Thai girls are accustomed to, all relaxing wallowing in the tropical sun, and getting tanned.
Apropos physical massages, just as evidence, I have often fallen napped during a session of traditional Thai massage, and when awakened, felt revived as reborn right away.