Rejuvenation in Rural Pathum Thani Province

A rural road, in the depths of a province that I am unfamiliar with. Pathum Thani. Imposing highways, leading to narrow roads, and how I remember the small dusty town, somewhat a taint of resemblance of Phnom Penh, though not quite. The escape, away from Bangkok, was thankfully rejuvenating. The nap, a couple of hours in the moving vehicle, prepared me for the “rural” province. Relaxing, despite the signs of the dry season in these parts. I’ve always enjoyed the trips, and outreach, in rural Thailand, whether in the plantations of middle south, to the most southern fishing villages and the northern rice farms. I shall return.

Pillars made from petrified tree trunks held an old roof. Scattered chairs, a comfort, away from the sunshine.

Pillars made from petrified tree trunks held an old roof. Scattered chairs, a comfort, away from the sunshine.

Algae-filled pond, though the farmers find it helpful, during the drought.

Algae-filled pond, though the farmers find it helpful, during the drought.

Blistering heat, with a touch of humidity, however the obvious absence of towering buildings. I like.

Blistering heat, with a touch of humidity, however the obvious absence of towering buildings. I like.

 

Zashnain

An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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