Laem Prathap…

…Forgotten, Remembered And Forgotten.

Laem Prathap is the tiny village you come to if you go north from here in Khanom, and stop before you fall into the sea. I’ve been there many times, especially in recent weeks in order to make a drone video. The place has one of the nicest beaches anywhere on the planet, but also some of the smallest roads.

The last few kilometers into the village used to be a twisty bone-shaking potholed kind of a road, which added to that feeling of going into uncharted territory.

But it now looks like someone had the bright idea of making it a tourist destination, and started by improving the road…

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…and cut away some of the jungle to allow a view of the village…

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Which is all very nice, but the village simply couldn’t handle an influx of tourist vehicles. This is the entrance to the village…

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…beach to the left, jetty to the right. Oh, and this is how you get to the beach…

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Trust me, it’s worth getting a few door scratches.

So, having established the idea of bringing in hordes of tourists, they then must have realized there was no room for the vehicles, as it looks like someone had the bright idea of building a parking lot on the new road to the village…

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And as you can see from the acres of emptiness, it seems they then abandoned the whole idea. Thai logic at its best.

Hey, I’m not complaining. It wasn’t my tax money, and I much prefer the village and beach tourist-free. In fact the whole place is almost human-free.

Here’s the beach…

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thailand, laem prathap

thailand, laem prathap

And the jetty…

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thailand, laem prathap

thailand, laem prathap

thailand, laem prathap

Plus the gentleman who looks after the whole place…

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There’s even dolphins, but I’m sure they’re supposed to be pink…

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Maybe they ran out of money after building the road and the parking lot.

wwiNever mind. It’s still one of my favorite places. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, you can see the drone video here.

Paul

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