To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for Tan Ku Bay. Since Trat is the hub for reaching the islands (Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Kood) that made this province famous, most people skip over the mainland beaches. But because I’m substitute teaching in a Trat preschool for the week (more on how I ended up here tomorrow), and finished with work by noon each day, I thought I might as well check out the coast.
I rented a motorbike, put $2 worth of fuel in it (they always come on empty), and scooted my way 32 kilometers to the nearest patch of sand. I was impressed to find a generous stretch of gold, backed by palm trees that lean so far toward the ocean I thought they might be thirsting for it. On the south side, a row of small mountains jut into the sea, backed by a perfect sky blue with clouds so fluffy they look computer generated. Not quite perfect – the sand was a bit rocky, and nobody clears the debris and trash away – but Tan Ku Bay definitely surpassed my expectations in the looks department.
The downfall, however, was precisely what I did expect – no swimming suits. Having probably seen only a handful of foreigners, the locals who frequent this beach are like all traditional Thais – they swim in their clothes. I could have stripped down to my bikini of course, but the stares I received as the only foreigner on the beach were enough; I didn’t need to be a half-naked one too.
Tomorrow I’m going to Koh Kood for my first time, where I’m sure I won’t have this problem. Any recommendations (where to stay, what to see, best sunset spot, etc.)?
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