When I first heard of it, I was perplexed. Sunset for me is really early in the evening. Nine at night is more like real evening to me. I usually eat food around nine. When I visited Krabi, the sunset was at 6.30 pm. It is tea time for me. On working days I usually reach home a little before six. On non-working days I am usually found scratching my head at this hour, wondering where did the day fly and why is the weekend moving so fast!
So, when my guide suggested to have a sunset dinner in Thailand (at Koh Lanta, Krabi), I was quite mystified.
Same Same But Different
Same Same but Different was the name of the local restaurant we went to. It was close to my hotel and by the beach. Being a vegetarian, I am usually scared that I will hardly find anything on the menu. But such was not the case. I sat down for one of the earliest dinners of my life and I ordered vegetable noodles with tender coconut water for drink.
While I was waiting for food to arrive, I went to take a stroll on the beach, so as to click a few pictures. It was another evening of a muted sunset. While I was busy clicking pictures, my food arrived. I was quite torn between eating and clicking more pictures but in the end, food won. It was also because of the stern eye the waiter gave, as if saying, “dare you ignore our food!”
With great reluctance I tore myself away from the beach. It helped that the evening was muted or else I would surely have ignored the food.
The food was really good, the tender coconut was the sweetest I ever had. Somehow the tender coconuts in Thailand are really good, I hardly ever find such sweet and fresh ones back home. The noodles were also tasty and fresh. It was unpretentious food, the portion was big, and I had a great time.
The best part was that my day had ended at 7.30 pm and I had so much time to relax. I could read a book, watch television or simply laze around. I read a book in the end. To begin with I was quite reluctant to have dinner so early, but it turned out to be one of the most relaxed evenings in my entire vacation.
I visited Koh Lanta on invitation from TAT New Delhi.