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Pattaya Daily News

16 September 2006 :: 11:09:11 am 22465

Thai Lifestyle

Comparison on the city and urban life in Thailand
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  Thai Farmer‘s life:
   When we ask people from Thailand they will tell you that rice is the main export in Thailand. It is grown for their own consumption, too. This is why it is said that Thailand is the rice bowl off the world. Also, fish and fruit are harvested by the people of Thailand as export food products.

   Farmers in Thailand have a very hard life. They really work from dawn till dusk the whole yearlong. Only when the harvests are complete the farmers’ do the farmers celebrate the harvests and ready the new rice plantings for the next season. Other things raised in Thailand include cattle, fish, and ducks.

   Fish are easier for the farmers to raise because they live and breed in the same area where the rice is produced. Thus, at the and of the rice season, the farmers will have both rice and fish to feed their families during the coming dry season .If one travels throughout the countryside in this period, they will see the farmers dry there fish on the roof of their homes. When one passes these homes, they will be asked, “Where do you go?” a traditional friendly greeting. Next they will likely be asked “did you eat rice and fish?”. This is because the Thai farmers have viewed rice and fish as the primary food for a very long time.

   Significant amounts of Thailand land are devoted to rice production, especially in the geographic center of Thailand. Most Thai farmers have raised rice their entire life. For most of them, their parents and grandparents and great grandparents did the same. Rice farming is one of the oldest trades in Asia because the land and the water are well suited to this crop.

   Over the past few years this occupation is waning because of the low market prices for this crop and the long growing cycles. If farmers can yield only one harvest of rice, they have nothing for the dry season and have to sell all their rice to get money to live. Also, Thailand is currently building many houses in or near the areas that were traditionally rice-growing areas. 

   The farmers cannot grow rice here anymore. Factories are expanding into the agricultural lands, bringing pollution to the land. The new generation of the Thai farmers is not likely going to work in the fields as much as seek work in the factories or in the cities to find a better lifestyle.. Something must be done soon to help the farmers gain a better lifestyle in the countryside or soon Thailand will lose the nickname “rice bowl of Asia”.
   Life in Big City:

   The majority of the people in the big city go to work in the morning. Hundred of thousands of people are commuting each morning.  There is air pollution created by exhausts of cars, motorcycles, and factories. 
   In Bangkok there are major traffic jams that can persist most off the day. Such traffic jams in further increase the level of pollution. Ten million people live and work in Bangkok. Big busses deliver people to there jobs. These people sit or sleep while the buses wait in the traffic jams. Those who have to stand in the bus for hours become quite unhappy. They may well arrive at work or home long after they were expected to arrive, frustrating employers or families. The country loses great amounts in terms of productivity and revenue because of the traffic issue.

   Bangkok has a problem with a significant number of people living in slum conditions, including families with children. There are also children struggling to survive this hard life without parents. These poor slum-dwellers have to work very hard to barely make a living while watching others with seemingly everything fitting comfortably together. Nicer jobs, access to educational institutions, use of business centers, etc.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Lifestyle

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