Thai Fishing Village

Our last big adventure in Bangkok was a visit to a Thai Fishing Village.

Thai Fishing Village

It was only about an hour outside of the city but the scenery was drastically different.

Thai Fishing Village

Like the Elephant Village, we were the only tourists there.

Thai Fishing Village

Reid, a local fisherman, showed us around in his boat.

Thai Fishing Village

Most of the fishermen in the village were digging for cockles.

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They are bivalve mollusks that are closely related to clams.

The fishermen push boards across the silky mud to avoid sinking.

Thai Fishing Village

Some fishermen use nets to catch shrimp and crabs.

Thai Fishing Village

In places where the water was low we saw a gazillion crabs running around.

Thai Fishing Village

Each family owns a portion of the land all separated by sticks and bamboo.

Thai Fishing Village

The fishermen own small sections of the oyster area, too.

Oysters - Thai Fishing Village

Thai Fishing Village

To avoid someone coming in at night and stealing from their land, most families build watch-houses.

Thai Fishing Village

Most of the fishermen wear mask type things on their faces to avoid sun exposure.

Thai Fishing Village

Unfortunately, in countries all over the world, people are judged by the color of their skin.

Thailand is no different.

If someone has a deep tan, Thai people assume that they make their living outdoors.

In the Thai culture these would be considered the poorer people from the lower class.

So to avoid judgment, they cover their faces with creams and cloths.

At first it looks a little scary.

Thai Fishing Village

But that is just from far away.

Every person we approached had bright eyes and caring smiles.

Thai Fishing Village

This is true of every person we met on our trip.

Thai Fishing Village

Reid took us into a mangrove forest and then yelled out a crazy noise.

Next thing you know monkeys were running towards our boat from every direction.

Thai Fishing Village

Thai Fishing Village

Our guide brought several bags of a small fruit called Langsat so that we could feed the monkeys.

Thai Fishing Village

They’ve obviously done this before.

Thai Fishing Village

Thai Fishing Village

We hand-fed the brave ones and tossed the fruits up on the shore for the others.

Thai Fishing Village

For the most part the monkeys were polite but every once in awhile they’d get greedy.

Thai Fishing Village

They were so much fun!

Thai Fishing Village

Thai Fishing Village

When all of our fruit was gone we headed to Reid’s watch-house for lunch.

Thai Fishing Village

While we were out on the boat, his family prepared a seafood feast for us.

Snapper:

Thai Fishing Village

Shrimp:

Thai Fishing Village

Crab:

Thai Fishing Village

And a Thai coconut milk soup with seafood and mushrooms:

Thai Fishing Village

We ate past the point of being comfortable but we didn’t care.

We didn’t want that meal to end.

Not only was everything we ate cooked to perfection, but the scenery…

Thai Fishing Village

Sometimes there aren’t words to describe how you feel being somewhere.

Thai Fishing Village

It felt like we were living an episode of No Reservations.

Rumor has it Anthony Bourdain was supposed to visit this Thai Fishing Village but for some reason it didn’t work out.

Thai Fishing Village

Maybe one day we can show him around.

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