A Thai Rural Village in Pictures
A Thai Rural Village in Pictures is my latest pictorial post which has spawned a new category in my sidebar titled Thailand in Pictures. Previous pictorial posts have included Udon Thani in Pictures and My First Time in Chiang Mai in Pictures which have proven to be very popular.
The photographs in this post are once again not aimed at being necessarily dynamic but ones which include a couple of my favourites and others which display Thai village life in general. I just hope they convince one or two people to take the plunge and visit a Thai village for the first time.
The above photograph is hardly that of a typical village in rural Thailand because not every one has a river running alongside it but Wonderful Wi’s village in Udon Thani is fortunate to have the Wang Chang River lapping at its sweet potato clad soil beach. The downside…this year’s terrible Thailand floods did partially immerse the houses nearest the river but a slight incline leading up into the village saved the vast majority of homes from the destruction and devastation caused by the rising waters.
When the Wang Chang River is ripe for fishing, villagers hit the banks and water to catch some of the healthy stock of fish which are such a major resource of village food.
This is village transport for some families. A work horse on wheels but also ideal for a family jaunt to the market in a nearby town.
The same mode of transport but this time a village band rocks the suspension springs as they tour the village collecting money to help fund a village festival party. This one was for the village’s Bang Fai Rocket Festival celebrations.
This is one of my favourite photographs and one I have published before on Beyond The Mango Juice. These village kids aren’t collecting money in their buckets and bowls, they are their weapons of mass destruction for Thailand’s New Year Songkran water festival.
Monks offer prayers at a funeral at the village temple grounds. Another motorcycle accident has taken a life, this time it’s that of a young man barely out of his teens.
Love it or hate it…cock fighting is a way of life for many village men and the weekend heralds a cock fight or two as friends gather to share lao khao, beer, booree (cigarettes) and pit their best fighting cocks against each other.
Cattle and buffalo can be seen everyday in Isaan’s villages when herdsmen and women lead out their stock to graze for the day. A strong and healthy well bred cow can sell for around 20,000 baht (US$666) and some villagers have a score or two of them. I wonder how you say in Thai ‘where there’s muck there’s money’.
If you stay in a Thai village long enough then you’ll start to notice snakes and realize you’ve walked past many unseen ones before. Look dead centre into this picture (click to enlarge) and you can see a snake peering out above the tall grass. I’m not sure what kind of snake it is and I sure as hell wasn’t going to tap it on the head and ask. You can get a much clearer view by clicking on the photo.
If the snakes are oblivious to you then these beautiful beasts won’t be. Occasionally travelling mahouts and their elephants will pass through a village and the rural countryside is much better suited for the elephants than the dangers of the city streets which beckon their mahouts with the lure of bigger money.
Udon Thani city has its shopping malls, bars and restaurants but in Wilai’s village much of the daily social life revolves around a visit to one of the local shops. This one is a community shop and yearly profits are shared equally among the villagers. Last year Wilai picked up a whopping 45 baht (US$1.50).
Rice farming is by far the biggest industry in rural Thailand but villagers earn a crust in many other ways too. Livestock, fruit, vegetables and fish are a few. In this photograph a charcoal kiln smoulders away giving one family another source of valuable income.
I hope you have enjoyed viewing some of the photographs and below are a few more which capture a Thai rural village in pictures.