Bangsaen Beach turns into ghost town during Noul

Bangsaen Beach is almost deserted as tropical storm Noul hit the east coast of Thailand.

Bangsaen Beach was the last place anyone wanted to be during this weekend’s big storm.

Heavy rain, high waves and strong winds whipped Bangsaen Sept. 19, scaring away everyone from the shorefront and leaving umbrella vendors fretting about equipment damage.

Obviously, no one would sit on the beach during a tropical depression, but beachfront brick-and-mortar businesses also suffered, as the shoreline was a ghost town.

Shop owner Benjawan Suwanaheam, 47, said she made no sales at all on Saturday.

A rubber tube rental vendor secures the inner tubes from flying off as the storm hit.
Beach Chairs and umbrellas are stored together as the thunderstorm blew overhead.
A beach food and drink vendor covers up her stall with plastic sheets to keep them dry during the heavy rain.