It’s becoming the trend in Thailand these days to build themed restaurants and malls. Santorini Park in Cha-am is a cross between a themed mall and an amusement park. Though there aren’t really that many shops of interest. Entrance is only 50 Baht and then you pay extra for each of the rides. The place is popular with Thais at the weekend who go to take selfies and upload to social media.
On the surface, it may seem like a cute idea to have monkeys roaming wild around a tourist attraction. But don’t be fooled. These animals can be quite vicious. They are also very sneaky. If you are not careful they will snatch plastic bags from your hand or even sunglasses off your head. They will steal anything in the search for food. It is not advisable to feed these monkeys and do try your best to keep your distance.
Every now and then I come across an unexpected scene while driving around Thailand which makes me want to stop and take pictures. This is such a place that I found while driving in Phetchaburi. I have seen spirit houses alongside a road before, sometimes to mark an accident blackspot or sometimes just abandoned. They usually start with one or two and then soon there are a dozen or so. But this long stretch of road had regularly spaced spirit houses that were obviously put there with a purpose. Maybe someone rich and famous died on this curve?
One of the best things about going to a beach in Thailand is that you don’t need to worry about getting hungry if you are lounging on a deck chair. This is because beach vendors go up and down selling wares. This guy came to sell us some deep fried shrimp. Local restaurants will also bring you menus and then deliver you the food freshly cooked.
I met this Bangkok taxi driver in Cha-am, which is a seaside resort about 200 kilometers south of Bangkok. Taxis don’t usually go this far, certainly not on a meter. But people can rent them out for the day from as little as 1,000 Baht depending on the destination. This driver caught my eye as he had quite a few amulets around his neck. But, on closer inspection, I noticed his taxi dashboard was also filled with amulets and Buddha images.