Weekly Photo Outing

Sometimes I just get in the car and head out for the day looking forward to a nice drive, seeing new things, and taking interesting photographs.  This outing was like that.  Initially I was heading towards Suphanburi but then I saw a sign that said “Ang Thong” and my curiosity got the better of me.  Ang Thong is an agricultural area about 90 minutes outside of Bangkok.  It’s so rural its hard to believe such a modern city like Bangkok is geographically so close.

Fishing Couple

Driving in there was what appeared to be a common canal, but many people were fishing in this one.  There were fishing poles, nets, basket traps and all kinds of methods for extracting fish from the canal and many seemed to be successful.

Rural boys

In some areas of the canal kids were jumping off docks, swimming, and generally having a great time cooling off on a hot summer day.  Kids in these parts don’t really care if they’re wearing clothes or not when swimming. 

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Along the roads you’ll find people preparing and selling all sorts of things.  Most often this will be whatever fruit or vegetable happens to be in season.  Other times someone will be making brooms or baskets from the unused parts of the crops and selling those as well.  You’ll find all kinds of interesting booths to stop and look over.

Farmer girl

Everyone works the rice fields and it’s a full time job.  Rice fields are everywhere.  If you haven’t seen them before you’ll have a hard time believing the bright almost fluorescent green fields, especially right before harvest when the rice is waving in the wind.

Harvesting

Almost everywhere you look the land has something growing on it, and people harvesting what’s being grown.  No land goes unused.

Farm lady

Often modern agricultural tools look out of place among the much more common traditional tools, wicker baskets, hand dug irrigation ditches, foot bridges built from nearby natural growth, and workers who wear traditional garb you might have seen 100 years ago.

Ang Thong was both delightful and educational.  The entire trip took less than ten hours.  We had lunch along the way, stopped many times and chatted with the locals, took many photographs, learned about rice farming, and was able to observe a traditional agricultural village as it went about its everyday business of growing food for sale in the nearby city.