OK so where is this all taking place? The Bo Phut walking market (which literally means you have to walk around it as no cars are allowed). This festive, colourful and vibrant affair takes place at The fisherman's village at Bo Phut each Friday night, and if you are looking for something to do next Friday (and don't mind travelling across the globe) please give it a try, you will not regret it.
The vibe is very festive, with karaoke (of course), traditional Thai dancers, drum playing, and families generally having fun.
As I walked around, a deep rumble anounced an imminent storm. As this is the rainy season and thunder storms occur most evenings, stall holders are well prepared, and all take out umbrellas, plastic taups and shield there cooking fires from the large warm drops of rain.
Patrons take cover and eat their food-on-a-stick, or palm wrapped parcel, patiently waiting for the storm to pass; which it does soon after. "Sabai, sabai!" - don't worry... just eat your food, roll up your trousers or hitch up your skirt, and make you way through calf-deep puddles back to your - now soaked- scooter. Somehow, this is all part of the fun it seems, what's a bit of rain after all?