Small fishing boats moored in the shallows of the tranquil bay bob up and down with each passing wave. The bright sunlight is no deterrent for some tourists who roam happily along the beach, enjoying the occasional breeze as they wade into the turquoise-coloured water. A man takes an afternoon nap in a comfortable spot he’s found in the shade of a big banyan tree.
Prachuap Bay seen from the top of nearby Khao Chong Krachok. The hill-top temple there offers panoramic vistas of the town and its environs, but to enjoy the view you’ll have to climb a steep flight of steps, 396 in all.
It’s another sleepy day at the seaside in Muang district, Prachuap Khiri Khan, and while things get a bit livelier in these parts on long holiday weekends, the atmosphere remains laid-back and unhurried.
“Life is rather relaxing here. Though business isn’t exactly brisk and we have to be careful how we spend our money, I think it’s worth it to be able to enjoy everyday life as much as I do,” enthused Kulphong Naknoi, owner of a coffee bar and bike shop on Sue Suk Road, who said he has no regrets about leaving Bangkok a few years back to relocate to this southeastern province.