Sharing pictures from my first time back to Thailand since coming to America. And no, it wasn’t the touristy Thailand. We visited my aunt and my cousins. This was the first time my mother saw her sister in about 20 years!
Pictured below is their house, just a bamboo hut with a thatched roof and dirt floor. There were no rooms inside because the house IS just one big room. In the middle of the room was a fire stove thingy — that’s the kitchen. No beds, just a flat bamboo mat laid out on a bed-sized table. But they had satellite TV!
While we were there, they bought and killed a pig for us. And yes, EVERYTHING was cooked. There’s no refrigeration so when something like this happens, the whole village is usually invited so as much of the food can be eaten. There was no soap or dish detergent…at least they had running water I guess, cold running water… But kind of being a germaphobe, this made eating very hard for me, especially since the men eat first at the table and then the women eat. Ugh. Also, my dad was craving that “bloos” on the bottom left so someone hunted one and brought it by. From the descriptions of it, I think it was a hedgehog. And yes, I ate some…it was very bitter meat so they drowned out most of it with herbs.
One of my main interests whenever traveling is the children. I love seeing the games they play, the toys they have, and just how the childhood experience is for them. When I was in the camps, we had no toys that I can recall…I remember spitting onto dusty dirt so I can make little mounds but now they have toys and even SNACKS! Bad thing is that because they are in the mountains and the garbage system is almost non-apparent so things that don’t degrade like plastic just gather and build up.
We did get to see some parts of Bangkok and Chang Mai with my monk cousin as our tour guide. In the village, education was only in Thai and went up to 4th grade only. He joined the monastery so he can further his education and be able to make a better living. Most of my girl cousins were already married and were mothers by 18 years old. They usually don’t have any other roles.
The city meant: street food!!! 🙂 So much better than restaurant food and so much more authentic. I tried to eat only food that was served piping hot…but that’s almost impossible so in some cases, I risked my life just to eat something that looked interesting. LOL. I love trying new food. And yes, I ate that flower looking thing below…we saw it on a hike and my dad said it was edible..so I ate it; it was slightly sweet.
I wish we did more touristy stuff as I would’ve enjoyed that as well. BUT, it was good to see family and it was good to get the full cultural experience of the Hmong hill tribes here in Thailand. We did go on one tour, did some rafting, and rode an elephant. But after being so long in the country with no shower or bathroom, my highlights in the city were showers, toilets, and hand soap.
We then headed to Laos but let’s leave that for another post. Hope you all enjoyed my shares from he trip and have a great weekend! ^_^