We have a routine at the end of most days in Choeng Mon. As the sun starts to set, we pour ourselves a sun-downer and head for the beach to see the sun set and watch the beach transform from a sun-worshipers paradise to a magical display of colours and lights.
As the sun sets it transforms the sky into a magnificent display of colours. Each night is different but each is also spectacular. The colours of the sunset are a result of a phenomenon called scattering. Molecules and small particles in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays, causing them to scatter.
Steven Ackerman, professor of meteorology at UW-Madison, provides the scientific explanation – “Because the sun is low on the horizon, sunlight passes through more air at sunset and sunrise than during the day, when the sun is higher in the sky. More atmosphere means more molecules to scatter the violet and blue light away from your eyes. If the path is long enough, all of the blue and violet light scatters out of your line of sight. The other colors continue on their way to your eyes. This is why sunsets are often yellow, orange, and red.”
While the sky is going through a transformation, so is the beach. The staff from the hotels are busy packing the cushions for the loungers away, putting up lights and setting up tables and chairs for those that want to have dinner on the beach.
There are even a few gazebos for those wanting a private romantic dinner on the beach. The sound of music wafts across the beach and suddenly the beach is no longer a place to worship the sun but a place to enjoy a few drinks on the beach or have dinner with friends or someone special.