Tha Sao, Thailand - Visits to a Local Market, a School, a Rural Village,
and a Farm Cooperative
What a special day! We shared "a day in the life" of the Thai people of the Kanchanaburi Province of Thailand. Overseas Adventure Travel, a division of the Grand Circle travel company, offers a similar experience on many of their trips, and it was another of the highlights of our Thailand trip.
|Thai schoolchildren in Kanchanaburi Province|
|Rural Thai town|
|Local villagers in the town market.|
|Rob successfully makes his purchase.|
|Yo shares some of the local treats with our tour group|
|A pretty pink Thousand-Year Egg|
|It's not so appetizing when it is peeled.|
Yo then took us to the other areas of the market and talked a bit about life in the village.
|Yo and some local shopkeepers.|
|The girls were concentrating hard...|
|...while some of the boys were a little more interested in us!|
|The dance ends with sleepy time!|
|Some of our tour members watch the children's welcome dance|
As we watched the children's greeting, Judi, a fellow teacher on our tour, suggested to me that we teach the children the Hokey Pokey. We recruited some of the other adults to join us, put the students into a circle around us, and led the dance. The children caught on quickly and we all had a wonderful time.
|Teaching Thai kids the Hokey Pokey|
|Rob's partner got him good!|
After the dance and game, we greeted the teachers with our best "wai," the bowing greeting used everywhere in Thailand. Some of us had brought gifts for the school and presented them to the teachers. (Rob and I had found a great book at Barnes and Noble - each page was a big fold-out of one of the continents of the world surrounded by pictures of the animals of that continent.) Then we were asked to sit with one or two of the children and help them with their English lessons. My favorite moment of the day! I had two little girls with me. One of them was very shy and said little, but the other was a little dynamo. I pointed to the objects (household items, animals, foods, etc.) in the book and said the English word, then she repeated it confidently. When I got to the page of fruits, she immediately pointed and said "Banana!" with a big grin. Oh, how I wish we taught foreign languages in our elementary schools!
|Rob and his reading partner.|
|Joan and her reading partners|
|Rob made a good jungle gym.|
Next up was a visit to a local farm that was part of a large cooperative. We met with the group leaders and learned about the business, then toured the coop's market where the produce from the various farms was sold to the local citizens.
|The managers of the local farm cooperative|
|Local produce in the cooperative store|
We moved on to a nearby small village, Phu Toey, where we got a little peek at daily life in the area.
|Our local transport|
|A rural Thai home|
|Chili peppers drying in the yard|
|Flower pots decorate the houses|
|Chili pepper bush|
|Rob's favorite treat - fresh papaya|
|Scaffold for vegetable vines|
|Bird of Paradise|
|We learn about some of the products in the jungle farm|
|Our fearless leader!|
|Our hostess with the ingredients we bought that morning|
|Tour members help make fresh Green Papaya Salad|
|Thai Tapioca Pearls with Coconut Milk|
|The home's Spirit Houses|
|My pet-loving husband is good at finding any local dogs!|
|Our tour mates on a Longtail Boat for a float down the River Kwai|
|Selfies on the Longtail Boat|
|Raft houses along the river bank|
|A lovely raft hotel|
|Caves in the cliffs along the river|
|Stalagtites hang from the cave roofs|
|A ramshackle raft|
|Flock of egrets|
|Common King Fisher|
|Our two boats had a little race toward the end of our river excursion|
|Our bus driver waits for us at the end of the trip|
|A little temple along the river|
Our long, but thoroughly enjoyable, day ended with a walk from our tent camp to Bam Bam, a local restaurant for another delicious meal. It was another great day!
|Our hostess tells Yo about the history of her restaurant|