An Alcoholic’s View of Rural Thailand
Wonderful Wi seems to think I drink too much. A passion for drink which she claims masks the beauty and charm which Isaan’s country life bestows upon many other people. I’ve always argued the opposite, and so I’ve decided to publish some photographs from my current Thailand holiday which prove once and for all that the beauty of rural Thailand is foremost in my thoughts, and alcohol lags way behind.
A beautiful scenic view of rural Thailand taken from the front gate of our village home in Udon Thani. Despite village life being relatively crime free it is still advisable to lock your garden gates come nightfall. The view is one which is firmly locked in my mind to help beat my mundane lengthy stays in England.
This photo is of a street food vendor and was taken in a village not too far from Ban Dung. I like the way the picture shadows the woman cooking food.
Thailand has been hit by severe floods and whilst Wilai’s village has been fortunate to escape the tragic scenes which have hit many parts of the country, the village and surrounding area is for large parts cut off from the major towns. My photograph shows the rain hitting an already overflowing water container in a typical outdoor Thai kitchen.
I can’t remember why I was laid out face down for this picture but it proves that Thai government investment is slowly but surely improving conditions of rural roads.
A typical view of a rural town in Isaan. If my memory’s right then I believe I merely slipped into Eddie’s Sports Bar in Ban Dung to ask directions to somewhere.
The picture above was on a day when I purchased something in Ban Dung which is not on every tourists shopping list. A pair of green fluorescent Wellington boots. I needed them because parts of our garden were under a squelching layer of water……and the boots got me thinking. And in some ways my thinking proved young Wilai was right.
Have you ever noticed how some foreigners dress wear in the Land of Smiles is somewhat uncoördinated colour wise, and lacking in every kind of fashion sense. I decided to mismatch my boots with the worst fashion allowable from my limited wardrobe and hit the village shop for a drink.
Below is a thickly cut, ham acted YouTube video of me returning from my afternoon’s bevvy. I think it’s a sight many Thai families have seen in Isaan’s’s villages when their daughter’s western boyfriend returns to the family home after his first drink with the locals. Heat, humidity, lao khao, beer and whisky, make a potent mix.
Believe me I was nowhere near this bad but I decided to act up a bit for young Wilai who was sporting a camera.
The hysterical laughter is provided by Wilai herself.