Our house is located on a semi-rural street just outside of So Phisai. Look for the yellow star on the photo below. It’s peaceful here. During the day you’ll get people putting by on scooters of all descriptions and farm equipment, in particular the “Farmer Tuk-Tuk” as Mai calls them. I can’t describe it; I’ll have to get a photo for you! We also have pickup trucks creeping by with loudspeakers on racks on the roof playing recorded advertisements for one great deal or another.
The folks next door to us are our landlords. They’re nice people. They have a small food stand at the front of their house and prepare all kinds of meals. We buy from them from time to time for those times when there’s nothing in the fridge. I’m not sure what the people on the other side of us do. They seem to be related to our landlords.
There’s a small operation across the road that makes things like fence posts, hydro poles and some pipes and other vessels out of concrete. Despite the industrial nature of the work the only sound we hear from them is when the start up their cement mixer to make another batch. Otherwise, very quiet!
I took a walk down our street to the east of the house and took a handful of photos so you can see what the neighbourhood looks like. I hope you enjoy them. I’ll walk in the other direction and grab some more shots soon!
Our house, with our new Honda parked out front.
The concrete fence post operation, across the street from us.
Buddhist shrine. I could tell you more if I could read the sign!
A closer look inside. Note the decorative use of discarded tires.
Looking west down our street. You can just see our car parked at the far left.
A few doors down. The neighbours have a few dozen banana trees.
Rice field, already harvested by hand. The shelter is for the workers to rest, have lunch, sleep, etc.
Rubber plantation a little further down the street.
Future rubber plantation. The trees are still too young to “cut” for rubber.
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I retired after a 30-year career with an engineering consulting firm in Toronto and recently moved to Thailand to marry my fiancee of 10 years and settle down to an exciting new life. I'm an amateur radio operator (VE3HLS in Canada) and hope to become on here eventually. I'm also an amateur photographer and hope to be very busy photographing and showing you my beautiful surroundings. My blog will contain entries on all three subjects, so I hope you don't mind picking through the boring stuff to get to what interests you.
Oh. About bueng-ken.com. We live in Bueng Kan province, which is about as far as you can get from Bangkok as you travel northeast. I just thought it would be clever to combine my name with the province's name!
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