Nice One on Surin Farmers


Hi Eric,

This was a lovely write-up on Surin farmers. So much more interesting than the elephant show (though it has its own charms, I am sure).

Farm life in Isarn seems much as I remember it 30 years ago, but now it is much more mechanized and the farmers have more options. And they are not living that absolute subsistence life anymore.

It seems like you had a personal connection to find these folks. It may be a part of the current phenomenon wherein every village in the north and northeast has at least one farang resident. There may be some villages without farang, but they are very hard to find.

Enjoyed reading about this. Might look for that village if I ever get to that part of the northeast again.

Silkworm pupae are delicious, taste like sweetcorn.

Keep up the good work.


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Thank you JP
by: Eric Lim

Hi JP,

Thank you for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the article. Must have brought back pleasant memories for you. Yes, rural Thailand must have changed in the last 30 years. There's more mechanization now.

I got to know Asa when he was living in Bangkok several years ago. Since then he has been inviting me over for the Annual Elephant Roundup. I decided not to miss it last year.

Wish you a pleasant journey if you do go back to the Isarn again.

Eric Lim
Bangkok Travekbug

PS For more on this article, please see the February 2013 issue of the Bangkok Travelbug Farm Life in Surin

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