To the countryside of....Isaan!
Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
64Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Phi Mai Inn
We drove through the northeast countryside of Thailand for about 6 hours, which is breathtaking to say the least! The towns are somewhat modern and organized and not a foreigner in sight, only pure Thais.....Great!
We met her family which are beautiful people. They greeted me with 'open arms'. As soon as I arrived the mother tied a cloth of multi-colors around my waist of many colors to welcome me! Very nice!! We all sat and had lunch, her sister in law, brother and their two children. I met all of the neighbors too
Observations: The city is poor but well organized, the city center is a little modern and clean. A sharp contrast to the small towns in South America where poor means dirty. A pleasant surprise. I believe it has a lot to do with Buddhism, whereas it is more a way of life than a just a religion, such as Christianity.
I noticed the town was mostly composed of men and the elderly. When I asked the reply was that the women are sent to work for the families in Bangkok or Pattaya and if they can afford it to study in school. Which they prefer school.
The friend I traveled with was born in Buri Ram and had not been back there in 18 years so it was a homecoming for her and she has a really good reputation among her family and friends. Obviously its because she has done well for herself and they all admire that. They were happy to see that and since she came back with a foreigner with brown skin they were very impressed. Life is funny, sometimes we take for granted the simple things in life but these were simple people with a very simple life...we all must remember sometimes this simple gift called...life! What a joy.
We also visited her Aunt who also presented me with a multi-colored cloth made of Thai silk and tied it around my waist. Beautiful!!
We spent the night at a local hotel, no doubt the best hotel in the province then went back to Pattaya.
What an experience!!