I still watch a lot more sunsets than sunrises but then I do not see that changing soon! And sometimes I do get to see sheer magic, as only nature can perform. Krabi Skies in Thailand are beautiful any time of the day. It can become an enchantress at the sunset if it decides to do so!
I start with this image of pool side at Phulay Bay which is a Ritz Carlton Reserve. Though not in the picture but a little away was the sea waiting for all the glorious colors that would start appearing in the sky in a little while!
But as I was staying with Sofitel Krabi I spent a lot more time on Klong Muang Beach which is right across the road from the resort. Of the two days that I spent at Krabi, only on one evening I had time to stand on the beach and watch the sunset. I click pictures more than . This was one of the tripod days. I have used a lot of zoom mounting the camera on the tripod to click this picture.
Everyday when I can stand and gaze the setting sun, I wish for a little magic. But off late I got too many watery sunsets. However, Krabi skies were kind to me, they went ablaze at sunset. There was a pier a little ahead which would have made for such a beautiful picture. But I could not easily approach it from the beach and time was running out, I had to start from the hotel at 7.00 pm for dinner in the town Ao Nang. However, I lingered on till I can, after all who can walk away from such a sky, to click a few more pictures.
The drama continued as the sun went down. There were many Sofitel guests on the beach and a few of them moved to where I was clicking pictures. One of them said remarked, “is it not a special one?” I entirely agreed with him that the sunset was indeed magical.
I did not wish to leave the beach but I hate being late for appointments so with an effort I walked away from the sunset even though I knew, had I stayed it would continue to enthrall me for some more time!
PS. My trip to Thailand was sponsored by TAT New Delhi
There is something about watching sunsets, it is an activity of leisure, at least for me. In my daily life I am mostly commuting through the most blazing sunsets! When I am at home over the weekends, I still somehow do not end up watching sunsets. Sunset for me mostly means I am traveling! And I did get to see some gorgeous Krabi skies in Thailand with sunsets and without them as well.
I stayed at Pimalai Resort and Spa at Koh Lanta an sialnd in Krabi province. Their public spaces were simply stunning. This was the view from the infinity swimming pool of the Hill Villas. It was threatening to rain that day but the threat never materialized. I got a bright day to explore Koh Lanta in the end. And I still remain suntanned. When I came home, I was sun burnt actually! But how I loved my time in the land of sun, sea and sand!
I do not know what to do when I get to see a place in harsh daylight. I was at the beautiful Old Lanta town about noon. And yet the scene in front of me was so serene that I had to give it a try.
My first evening at Koh Lanta gave me overcast skies. It has been a persistent theme of all my travels since June 2013 so I accepted my fate! I had some time off to myself this evening, so I was out with my tripod. I was also one of the last person to leave the beach!
It is because of my tripod I was able to get this half way decent dusk picture! See how unromantic you become when your sole focus is on taking pictures! Here was soft light, lapping waves and sand beneath my feet and all I can talk about is a tripod! I actually classify my sunsets as with a tripod and without a tripod!
And then there was sheer magic on Klong Muang Beach which is right across the road from Sofitel Krabi, where I was staying. I will start off next week right from where I am leaving today, the sunset at the Klong Muang Beach. As the evening deepened the magic also increased manifold.
PS. I was invited to Thailand by TAT New Delhi and I had an amazing time.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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