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Thailand Photos: Klong Yai in Trat, and Khao Soi Dao waterfall and wildlife sanctuary (09 - 11 June 2006)
by Chanjira Sarakham

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Mairood village, Klong Yai, Trat
Mairood Village (June 10, 2006)
Life on a Saturday morning at Mairood fishing village goes smooth and slow. Men are in the boats preparing to leave for their catching trip. Some of them are checking fishing equipment. Some are inspecting boat engines. Inside the houses children gather around the TV watching a popular program, while wives are making breakfast.

Fisherman preparing his gear, Mairood village, Klong Yai, Trat  Supply boat, Mairood village, Klong Yai, Trat
Rows of houses stand on the banks of the canal. Two-meter wide concrete walkway lies between houses and canal. Most of the houses here are made of wood, and they have corrugated roof. Inside the houses I see, cooking area and living place share the same room. Every house has one big door opens to the walkway in the front. I find no house with air-conditioner. There is no 24-hour convenient store or big supermarket. Grocery store is where people come and get seasoning, washing and showering things, medicine; as well as share latest news.

A grocery store, Mairood village, Klong Yai, Trat  Wooden walkway connecting the houses, Mairood village, Klong Yai, Trat
I stroll alone along the walkway and find myself too shy to say Sawasdee to the villagers. So I smile. They return me bigger smiles. After that the talking starts. They ask me to join their breakfast. They pose for the pictures and ask me to take photo of the baby.

Mairood resort entrance  A catch of shrimp, Mairood village, Klong Yai, Trat
The opening of Mairood Resort two years ago introduces this fishing village to tourists. The resort owner is impressed with the fishermen way of life. With his far-sightedness he makes his resort part of the community, and brings new friends to the village.

A man who works in the resort has a story. He tells me how visitors make friend with the villagers. An old Japanese man visits once a year to stay alone for a couple of months. He comes here to write. He would walk in the village in the morning and go fishing with the fishermen. He comes back in the evening with free sea food he gets from fishermen. Some guests spend time helping the villagers prepare raw sea products to sell. For more information about Mairood Resort and the village please go to www.mairood-resort.com.

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