Solo travel means you can go to bed at 7PM and nobody judges you … it also means you have the energy to set your alarm for 5AM and wake up no problem! This morning I headed down to the An Bang Beachfront around 6AM in hopes of seeing the round bamboo fishing boats I had seen the evening before in the sand, and thank goodness I did as I was greeted with tons of little fishing boats. Within 15-20 minutes of being on the beach many of the fisherman in the little round baskets began pulling in their lines and rowing back to shore.
I noticed that each boat had a lady waiting there to greet the fisherman, help him to shore, and gather the fish he managed to catch in this net. Further down the beach, in front of the beach front restaurants, the boats were also greeted by locals ready to select their fish and pay the price dictated by the weight. I met a sweet local man who spoke english well enough to fill me in on the fishing. The fisherman set out in their baskets at 3AM and begin coming back to shore around 7AM to bring in their fresh catch. After our chat the man gave me a motorbike ride down the tiny road of An Bang Village and off we went … both ready for the day ahead, me with lots of beautiful photos and him with a fresh fish for his sister to prepare for lunch.