Went to Cha Am yesterday for a beach lunch, something we have long enjoyed. We always rent a few lounge beds and umbrella's, I get out under the sun to do my boiled lobster impersonation, wife gets under the umbrella complete with large hat, long sleeved shirt, sunnies, and under a towel doing her Dracula impersonation and keeping out of the sun.
Low and behold no deckchairs, lounge beds or umbrella's to be seen. Personally I do think a beach should be au natural the way god intended but some people do have a need for a chair and umbrella. I do agree that Cha Am was overrun with chairs and umbrella's but to remove all is somewhat excessive.
We stopped at our local place and the guy was sitting forlornly under a tree trying to rent out reed mats, very few takers, hardly anyone on the extensive beach with just a few Thais under the trees. Our friend said all the businesses are ruined as the Thais do not spend money and bring everything with them (just leaving empty bottles and bags when the go), Farangs spend money but now do not come as nowhere to relax. Cha Am was largely deserted.
isn't this all going too far?
"Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you're going to be right." Muhammad Ali