Dad and daughter check out the view of the beach from their patio
Ah yes this will do very nicely thank you ... holiday mode on our patio
swimming (apparently the locals think we tourists are mad - it's their winter! But definitely warm enough for us).
grandson snoozes on Grandpa's knee in the shade of a beach umbrella, while granddaughter negotiates with Dad (probably re him going to get her some more sea-water for her sand-play) ... Passing by, one of the many hawkers who ply the beach offering things for sale, such as fruit, sarongs, trinkets ... and massages. I never did take up that offer. Not my thing.
... the view over the cab of a green truck - Koh Sumet taxi - as we go off to explore more of the island and village (shopping)
The taxi driver proves the adage - Thailand, Land of Smiles. (Lovely smiles everywhere!)
... mermaid statue and explanation ...
... another statue in honour of the poet SunthornPhu - perfect photo opp. as the sun slipped down and cast it in dark relief. Being near the equator, on Koh Sumet the sun rises and sets at more or less the same time each day. Pretty much, twelve hours of sunlight, twelve hours of darkness. It seemed to be about 5.30 a.m when the sun rose and at 5.30 pm when it set. The difference between high tide and low tide is very small as well. Thus the restaurants are confidently able to each day set their tables and chairs in exactly the same place on the sand.
More sunrise and sunset photos next instalment.