A homestay in a Thai house
This is our bedroom in the local homestay
– fortunately we were the only visitors
so had the massive room to ourselves.
Satellite everywhere !
Most houses seem to have power and most have
satellite TV, no matter how remote.
In towns, everyone is a shopkeeper or restauranteur
- they are all family run micro-businesses.
There is no big businesses of note. No retail
chains. No western businesses of any note
(no Mcdonalds, KFCs, Starbucks etc.
Towns are often just a single long mainstreet
with dozens sometimes hundreds of small shops,
all the same width, and where the family
lives as well. Typically in the evening you'd
see the shopkeepers watching TV while still
keeping the shop sort of open.
Beyond the towns everyone lives in basic
wood or mud houses.
This is a typical Thai village where the
people live in houses on stilts. The house
is divided into several rooms. The eaves
are used for storing food and household utensils
and underneath are kept tools, cattle and
poultry. In some places a smaller house is
used for cooking or other domestic activities.
All have fishponds, TV, power. Sleep on the
floor on a hard mat.
A Hmung house
This is a Hmong house. The houses are really
very primitive, far more so than they appear
on the outside. These really are as
basic as you can imagine, mud or crude wood
shacks with mud floors. No heating.
In these homes the whole family lives in
the one room in the house and sometimes there
is a separate room for the kitchen. Everything
is in the one room - the whole family and
even the motorbikes.
The kitchen of a Hmung house