Ban Phai, Isan
Ban Phai (55 km from Khon-Kaen)
This time, we take a little tour in a small corner of the countryside of the great Isan country.
When I stay in the region, Ban Phai, a small town located 50km south of Khon Kaen, is a place where I often go because it is the place where people come to shop and shop.
I like to cross the very local market, rich in colours and smells, and the atmosphere is very typical.
Welcoming and friendly, the people we meet here are always interested in foreigners and as soon as they can, they try to exchange some impressions: they like to know where you come from, what you do, if you love their country, their food... many questions often cannot be avoided, but their joy is often multiplied when I try to exchange a few sentences in Thai to their great surprise.
Walking through the rice fields, contemplating these green landscapes, crossing paths with one or the other farmer, taking a look at the buffalos as they are called here, are always very pleasant moments, as are crossing the small village where I have been going regularly for years, seeing people "tinkering" with objects or even making silk under their house.
Located about 450 kilometers northeast of Bangkok, the Khon-Kaen region in Isan country is a vast flat country, with many rice fields...