On a recent trip to the coast, we went via Ban Laem. I dislike freeway(?) driving here, so I opt for back country roads whenever possible (they're so interesting and full of surprises). The locals are shocked when we stop for a meal, because they rarely, if ever, see farang. And they are just thrilled if the farang actually speaks to them in Thai.
Our destination was the military (army) resort in Chao Samran; one of my favorite beaches. Ban Laem and Chao Samran are huge sea salt producers and we were there at the height of the harvest.
I apologize for the mediocre picture quality (forgot tripod and the time of day [sun was overhead]).
Ban Leam; major sea salt producer and bird's nest (for soup) supplier (that's another post).
I love baskets; nice to see they still have utility here.
With permission; we took these pictures (a video would have been better). High noon and hotter than hell; these guys don't stop; a continuous loop of workers.
One of thousands of salt barns along the route. This is typical and about 30 meters long stacked 3 meters high with sea salt.