Naklua is only a stones throw away from Pattaya, but when visiting Naklua it’s almost like stepping back in time. Central Naklua has none of the fancy shopping plazas or strips of beer bars and Go Go bars seen in Pattaya, Naklua in many ways is still a traditional Thai fishing village, a place where you can see things so typically Thai, such as the sacred fig tree in the middle of the road, the bustling and vibrant Naklua market and the place I took the photos for this post, Naklua Fishing Pier. Naklua is a great place to visit if you want to get some photos of typical Thai life, I think I got a few shots on my walk down the pier which I could say are “very Thai” images.
This photo (above) was taken from near the end of the Naklua fishing pier, looking back towards it’s starting point, the pier is constructed entirely of concrete and is a few hundred meters long.
Towards the end of the pier it is quite congested with traditional Thai fishing boats, trawlers and squid boats alike (see photo above). Thai fishing boats are easily distinguished by bright bold colors, predominantly red and blue, and the colored ribbons which adorn the prow of the boats, the ribbons are placed there to placate the “Journey Goddess” Mae Yanang.
Thai fishing boats are so strewn with poles, masts, ropes and nets (pictured above) that you wonder how there is actually any room to work on-board.
I think the fisherman in this picture (above) is repositioning his anchor, he must be the anchor man.
A bench in front of a Sacred Fig tree (photo above), this could be the perfect place to find enlightenment.
Apart from the plastic basket full of fish, and the back of that car, I reckon this photo of fuel pumps on the pier (above) could have been taken any time within the last 50 years, as I said about visiting Naklua “it’s almost like stepping back in time”.
Got to get on your boat somehow, so this Thai fisherman (photo above) has reverted to slack-lining.