The river Ta Chine was delightful today, with the breeze, it wasn't too hot. It was quiet, green, and uncrowded. Quite a contrast to Bangkok. Look closely at the traditional Thai river houses, growing and harvesting vegetables that grow in the water, people washing clothes in the river. I predict it won't last long. You'll also see several new houses and a bridge being built. This is within commuting distance to Bangkok, so you can guess what's likely to happen. I'm glad I got to see it while I can still easily see the traditional way of life.
The nice wooden power boat is a bank that serves the river residents. The factory makes whiskey from rice. I'm told it's pretty harsh, not smooth like Scotch. The fish are everywhere, and they flock to the boat when someone throws bread to them (which the cute kids on board do often). I thought of my brother-in-law, Stokes, who's the champion fisherman in our family.
I think the reason so many of us find Thailand enthralling is the contrasts between new and old, along with the beauty and the gentle friendliness of the people.