We recently migrated to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for a short sojourn. Our hotel was in the countryside and built around a checkerboard of rice paddies.
A fish-eye view of the rice paddies from the worker's hostel.
Thai lady farmers wearing de rigueur two-piece blue denim suits and straw hats clear weeds from the paddy - back breaking work!
Migrant workers from Singapore planting rice seedlings!
The hotel rates were higher than expected so we had no choice but to work for our food!
Under the watchful eye of the head farmer!
Proud rice farmers!
The lines were not perfectly parallel, and some of the seedlings would not stand upright, but overall a good start to a potential new career and the work paid for lunch! In 60 days the 'Owens' rice will be ready to harvest!
The first stage of processing after harvesting the rice - Kathleen demonstrates the traditional threshing technique to separate the rice grains.
Fanning the rice to blow off the chaff.
The final stage to separate the rice grains - Kathleen concentrating so as not to toss out the hard won rice.
A traditional wooden rice grinder and a non-traditional operator.
Lunch is served - sticky rice on a banana leaf - the reward for our hard labor!
Graduate Thai rice farmers!