Bangkok is located on the mouth of the Chao Phraya River. It is a very abundance delta. The central plain of Thailand is suitable for cultivation. The most area of it used to be a green rice field. In the reign of King Rama IV, there was a Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between the British Empire and the Kingdom of Siam. It was a beginning of free trade of Thailand. The rice became the major export product of Thailand. The rice field were extended over the central plain and every parts of Thailand.
A green paddle field in Kanchanaburi
A green paddle field in Nakhon Pathom
A green paddle field in Kanchanaburi
Although Bangkok and adjacent area are suitable for cultivation however it is a center of administration. It became the urbanization. Nowadays Bangkok is a metropolitan. It is a center of administration, business, investment, commerce, communication. Bangkok became a big city with perfect infrastructures. There are 10 millions residents in Bangkok. The most area of Bangkok are the business area and residences. Of course the agricultural area are shrink. There are small parts in the Eastern , Southern, Western of Bangkok which are reserved as a green area for cultivation and residence.
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The overview of Spatial Policy in Bangkok and adjacent, Thailand. Thank you the data from:
Bang Khae is a district in the western area of Bangkok. There is a green area which reserved as residence and cultivation. Suksan Community is a modern village in the old farms. However there is an old community of farmers live in the farms behind the village.
The Location of Suan Lung Chook, Bang Khae District
The farms is closed with the modern villages. The farmers must travel by boats. There is not the street in these farm. There are only the trails on the edge of their farms. The landlord who is the the owner of the farm of Suan Lung Chook has an intention to sell her land. She announces to sell it with very high price. She could not sell it in a short time. That is good for Lung Chook and his wife. They have invested for this farm for a long time and they will cultivate from it as long as the landlord can’t sell it.
They access their farms by boats.
Suan Lung Chook is a well known farm of Eco-tourism or Agro-tourism. It is a demonstration farm for farmers and tourist. Thai calls the garden or farm as “suan”. Lung Chook is a farmer. Lung is the uncle in Thai. “Suan Lung Chook” means the farm of uncle Chook. He is not the landlord. He has hired this farm from the landlord. He and his wife works in their farms everyday. His wife is Pa Aem. Pa is an aunt in English.
Lung Chook and his coconuts
Lung Chook and his coconut trees around his farm
Pa Aem and her guavas
Pa Aem in the pandan and guava field
Everyday in the early morning they cut the pandan’s leafs and tie them together about 10 clumps for a bundle. Everyday they must cut them 2,000 bundle. They sell the bundle of pandan’s leafes to the wholeseller. They work with pandan’s leafs until 9 o’clock. Then they do others work such as cultivate vegetables, take care of guavas, or everything in their farm. It is a simple life. Their incomes are so good. Their quality of life are quite well. They have done on the ideal of sufficiency economic philosophy of the King Rama IX. That’s inspired me to be a farmer.
Their farm with green pandan’s leafs
The major crop which made them money in everyday is pandan. It is a crop that grows well in the shadow. It is used in the decorative bunch of flowers especially in flowers for warships. Its smell is good. Sometimes it used to mix in the Thai Dessert. The most pale green color of Thai Desserts are mixed of pandan’s leafs crunched.
A bunch of Flowers for worships, orchid and pandan’s leafs
The Thai Desserts, the green is mixed with the pandan’s leafs crunched
The pandan is a type of crop that grows well in the shadow so they cultivated the guavas trees and bananas to cover them.
The coverage crops, guavas, bananas, mangoes
They reserve the other part of their farm to cultivate some vegetables. They are the short lives vegetable such as zucchini, cucumber, yardlong bean.
The zucchini, products from Suan Lung Chook
The water lilies, products from Suan Lung Chook
The Papayas, products from Suan Lung Chook
The mushrooms, products from Suan Lung Chook
The spiny bitter gourds, products from Suan Lung Chook
The young coconuts, products from Suan Lung Chook
It is a nice place for Agro-tourism. It is a good recreation place. I have always visit their farm in the afternoon on Friday. I enjoy to taste the young coconuts. They are fresh and so sweet from its tree. The young coconut price only 10 bht. It is very cheap. I am a good customer of them. I have always bought their products some vegetables, young coconuts, guavas, papayas and everything they have.
The vegetables area after harvested.
A young coconut for tasting, without pay
The sunchoke, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The laurel clockvine, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The orchid, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The brinjal, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The tamarind blossoms, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The bee and the yellow cosmos, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The baya, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The Chinese Rose, rosa mallow, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The Purple Shamrock, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The Butterfly Pea, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The golden shower, flowers in Suan Lung Chook
The Common Palmfly, butterfly in Suan Lung Chook
The Black Rajah, butterfly in Suan Lung Chook
The Common Tiger, butterfly in Suan Lung Chook
The Common Five-ring, butterfly in Suan Lung Chook
The Pale Hedge Blue, butterfly in Suan Lung Chook
The great owl moth, butterfly in Suan Lung Chook
I will write the Butterflies story soon. Hope you enjoy recreation in Suan Lung Chook, the farm in the city.
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