Extra-low tide creates ocean of sand on Jomtien Beach

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There’s low tide; there’s really low tide; and then there’s what has been happening at Jomtien Beach the past two weeks.

A combination of seasonal tides and lunar cycles has been turning Jomtien into an ocean of sand during low tide. Water receded as much as 70 meters from shore, exposing crabs, clams and other sea life normally covered by salty waves.

The sight has drawn more than a few curious tourists.

Somsak Ninduang said the ripples in the sand left by the retreating waters reminds him of a beautiful long wave. He said the sand lake is full of life, including small fish marooned in puddles waiting for the tide to return.

A combination of seasonal tides and lunar cycles has been turning Jomtien into an ocean of sand during low tide.A combination of seasonal tides and lunar cycles has been turning Jomtien into an ocean of sand during low tide.

Beach vendor Montra Deekla said the low-low tide has been a regular occurrence at the end of May and tourists and locals use the flat, hard-packed sand to walk, exercise and play football.

Meteorologists said super-low tide long has been a normal sight on Pattaya Beach, where pedestrians can walk from the Dusit Curve to the Sanctuary of Truth. But Jomtien hasn’t often seen the water pull back so far.