Rural Thailand

15 August - Sawang Daen Din – Nong Khai – 125 km

I had worked late the previous night, and I was slow in waking up. I took what I thought would be a shortcut to Nong Khai, but the road workers made me retrace my steps. The recent floods had washed many of the country roads away, and road workers were frantically busy repairing them. The floods were a disaster for most people, but to me, the bright green rice paddies made a spectacular sight. Many areas were still under water, and the rain was clearly not over, as I could see dark clouds moving in from the north.
I cycled through tiny settlements where locals were siesta-ing in their hammocks and whispers of “farang, farang” could be heard as I cycled past. Locals were drying grasses on the tarmac, some already dyed, which they use for weaving sleeping mats. It's amazing how they can sleep on the hard floor with just a grass mat between them and the floor.
Again, I landed myself on a gravel road through the plantations and was a bit peed off when I got a flat tire. Soon I was on my way again, past people going about their daily business of farming. Some were making charcoal, and others were fishing or selling food and snacks along the road. Older ladies were attending to the cattle or foraging for something to eat. It’s a fascinating look into the life of the average farmer in Thailand.
With threatening weather on the horizon, I pushed on to Nong Khai. Nong Khai is situated on the Mekong River, right next to the Friendship Bridge leading to Vientiane, Laos. I reached Mut Mee Guesthouse just in time, as no sooner was I in a room than the rain moved in. Mut Mee is an exceptional guesthouse with a large selection of rooms. I took the most inexpensive one at 200 BT, and it was a basic but super clean room in stark comparison to the room of the previous night.
nice fav
posted August 18th, 2017  
Wonderful candid capture and another inspiring tale.
posted August 18th, 2017  
Along with your terrific photos, you're going to have one of the best diary compilations ever! I admire your steady dedication to both!
posted August 18th, 2017  
Oh yes, and how I agree with Louise! This alone after such a long time on the road. Love the concentration of the man.
posted August 18th, 2017  
Awesome shot
posted August 18th, 2017  
I love all the pictures that you post because they are parts of the world that I will never get a chance to see except through your eyes but my favorites are the ones of the people.
posted August 18th, 2017  
Your stories are incredible Leana, I do look at all your photos but each one is worth a fave! The beauty of 365 is the knowledge we gain.
posted August 19th, 2017  
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