Beach Hunting In Thailand
There are probably about 500 or more Thai metal detectorists who are dedicated beach hunters. You will see them at low tide, whether it be 3 AM or 12 noon. Typically in Pattaya they come in groups, mostly from Bang Saen. At any low tide on any particular day there may be 10 or 12. These are detectorists who have been using their Fisher machines for years. They are experts in the field.
Beach detecting really got started in Cha Am, a costal town just north of Hua Hin, about 15 years ago. A lone farang happened upon the place and the locals were intrigued. One thing led to another, and several machines were brought in and a local distributor was established. The hobby quickly spread to other corners of the kingdom, most notably Phuket and Pattaya, but now there are metal detectorists all over.
The Fisher machines which by in large are used tend to be so reliable that it isn’t unusual to see machines well over 10 years old that have been used continuously on a daily basis. Recently the CZ-21 was introduced as the high end beach hunter.
Me and my husband like going detecting using the CZ-21, but often times find we dig a lot of garbage. You see, the CZ-21 has discrimination, but you can’t set it too high or you will discriminate out coins and other valuable objects. Some targets signal as if good, for example the lid of an aluminum can. Experts here say they seldom dig trash, and they are amazing to watch. They do seem to come up with good targets more often than not. One trick for example, is if you get a double sound, low and then also a high tone. While this could be a good target along side iron trash, the detectorists here won’t dig it. Normally, 80 out of 100 times it is a piece of trash that has corroded, giving the combination of tones.
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