Time to go on the road again as after our breakfast and checked out.
The smooth drive now had most of us catching forty winks and before lunchtime we had arrived at the Thai border immigration. There is no air-conditioning here and we can see the long queues especially those who are driving into Thailand in their own vehicles. The guide who met us here told us that the weekend queues are worse...
Finally our first Thai meal, boneless chicken rice shop.
I was wondering what "boneless chicken" and actually it was deboned chicken pieces. The rice is fragrant (its Thailand rice!) with garlic and ginger and the chicken pieces smooth and moist.
The head of the Great Serpent "Nag"
the other end of the Samila Beach....
and where the the Golden Mermaid sit.
This sculpture was built in 1966 by Jitr Buabus, former director of the Art and Craft college in Bangkok, based on the story that the mermaid was frightened away by a fisherman while combing her hair on a starry night. The Prince waited in vain to return the golden comb but the mermaid was never to be seen again.
Along the beachside, giant posters of their King.
There is also an altar for mourning in the hotel lobby.
Festive decorations for the New Year