Sunday, December 6, 2009

Up-Country Thailand

Rice Fields in Chaing RaiOutside of Bangkok Thailand becomes quite rural and as one of the world's biggest rice exporter, rice paddies are a quite common sight as you travel in southern Thailand. You can find hard working Thais in rice paddies tending the fields. The photo to the left is of a hard worker in a paddy north of Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand.  He is picking the rice at the end of the season.

But there is much more, with rubber tree plantations in the south and teak plantations in the northern Thailand, this country is a lush tropical paradise. In northwest there are coffee trees on the sides of mountains and coconut plantations in many areas in southern Thailand. Fruit trees and vegetables of many many varieties can be found everywhere making Thailand the best place to go for the freshest, tastiest food, anywhere.

Coffee Picking in Chaing Rai

I found this group of people on the side of a mountain road near Doi Tung, also north of Chang Rai, sifting through the coffee beans they had picked earlier in the day. They are likely part of the Akha Tribe who live in this area.  The coffee trees grow on the slopes of the mountians in this area and by the look of it, they are quite hard workers. 



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