one night in kanchanaburi

I’ve been feeling bummed out about Thailand lately, between it being the cold season and everyone dropping the ball on democracy, so I needed to be reminded of what is awesome about this country, and what better place for that than the country fair?

There was juvenile violence:

You think cocks don’t grow on trees? But they do:

There was an exhibit on “thai days of olde” whose purpose was to evoke nostalgia for the agricultural past, when really Thailand has more of an agricultural present. A student a dressed up in traditional working class farmer clothes showed me how to mill rice. A crowd gathered, because nothing is more entertaining for Thai people than watching foreigners do Thai traditional things.

The best part was when a real farmer stepped out of the crowd, took the basket thing from her, said “little sister, here is how you do it”, and showed the student-actor the proper way to do it.

student dressed like a farmer, milling rice

What is better than a guy with a big sword? Two guys with big swords! (This was an exhibit from a film company)

When you see the driving in Bangkok, you might be surprised to find out that you have to take lessons to get a permit, but you do:

This carnie just didn’t give a shit. He was smoking a cigarette next to a young kid and filling up a giant balloon with air.

I am missing some of the best parts of the fair, including foot massages, underaged disco/bumper cars, banana candies, thai bbq, python exhibit, motorcycle stunts and breakdancing bootleg dvds.

If you have a chance to go to a country fair in Thailand, you should go!

3 Responses to “one night in kanchanaburi”


  1. 1 Gary Haran December 10, 2008 at 1:53 am

    I’m landing in Bangkok on the 14th. If I have 24 hours to spend where would you recommend I go/what should I do?

  2. 2 Anon December 11, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I’d visit the fair if it’s still on, Gary!

  3. 3 julielavoie December 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    hehe, fair is the best, but outside the city.

    24 hours, wow, not a lot of time!

    i would visit wat po/the grand palace and then take some pictures in chinatown if you’ve never been to a big asian market neighborhood before. you can get a thai massage at wat po, it’s quite nice.

    if you feel like spending $$$, i’d say dinner at the oriental hotel (most famous and best hotel in the world). for a bit cheaper, but still really good, go to “eat me” at silom for dinner, really good. neither are really thai food, but they’re great. google either of them and make a reservation, they are very popular.

    then at night, go to sirroco for drinks, big bar at the very top of a hotel — you can see the entire city laid out before you, it’s beautiful.


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