Photos by MJ Klein
As you probably know by now, Hui-chen and I went back to Thailand for a quick business trip. Of course, we took lots of photos and will present you with several new articles about our travels there. This first article is about street scenes in the city of Khonkaen, deep in the heart of Isaan country.
We got a few hours sleep and then went out in the early afternoon. These are a couple of restaurants directly across the street from the driveway of the Tamarind Residences.
No one was more surprised than we were to find an elephant right across the street as we left the driveway! Normally elephants are taken out at night when the air and the road surfaces are cooler. In fact, Hui-chen and I haven’t seen elephants in Khonkaen since sometime in 2006 when the police ran the owners out of town. As it was explained to me, with the economy on the down side as it is, people are doing “whatever they can” to earn money and hence, the elephant handlers are back. Notice the man walking in front, holding up a bag. That is food for the elephant. The handlers make money selling food so tourists can feed the elephant. We don’t support this practice because we believe that the elephants should be in the forest and not in the city.
On the next block is this art shop that always has paintings and photographs on display outside.
We’re walking towards the “aircon” bus station, with Hui-chen out front.
Detouring slightly off the main road to show you what the local taxi’s look like, these are “tuk-tuks” – so named because of the sound they make.
On the corner where the bus station is located, is an outdoor noodle restaurant.
I really like the light trees on the left. At night they look nice all lit up. This is another Khonkaen hotel and night spot.
Hui-chen and I were very happy to see the #1 Bar again.
Virtually nothing has changed at the #1 Bar, except staff members. It’s hard to keep good people working in the bars and restaurants. It’s a cultural thing, apparently.
I featured this new housing development in an article about the last time we were in Khonkaen. They are still completely empty.
Most buildings have their own step-down transformers for electrical power.
And most streets have a virtual rat’s nest of wiring overhead. I’d hate to be the one who has to work on anything here!
Relaxing in front of the store….
We saw this purple dog in front of a paint shop. She’s been airbrushed apparently.
In Taiwan, the gas bottles are carried a bit differently by (on) motor scooters. This method seems a lot safer.
A bakery that we enjoy visiting. This bakery isn’t so different from bakeries in Taiwan.
Wherever there is lots of foot traffic, you can find someone set up to sell something.
There are lots of stores, and not many empty storefronts. The economy sure looks good from outward appearances in Khonkaen.
In our next article, we’re going to visit the remote area of Phon where we visited a factory.
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