Khon Kaen: Typique Quarter


Khon Kaen, is the 10th largest city in Thailand (141,000 inhabitants) and the province of the same name ranks 3rd with 1,733,400 inhabitants...

This whole region of northeastern Thailand is called the Isan Country, a place where people "speak Isan", a kind of dialect

Here, we are far from the scams of the seaside resorts (Pattaya, Phuket etc)
The Isan country has kept a "natural" side, people are (really) smiling without there being any ulterior motives....

Unfortunately, the weather at the end of March 2011 is really not favourable... not easy to take pictures in these conditions... but hey, we're dealing with it...

While the heat is usually really very hot at this time of year (33 to 37°C), there we find ourselves with a small 18°C and the next morning... a ridiculous 14°C enough to decide to return to my scam island 1,350 km to the south, quickly done, well done, but with just as bad weather: many floods, but with a few degrees more!

In 14 years of living in the south of Thailand, my body has become accustomed to much warmer temperatures, so 14°C for me it has become the North Pole...

There's definitely something wrong with the weather... but I'm not going to complain more than that... I have a thought for all those people who temporarily lost their homes with these floods in the south of the country, and then... all those people in Japan who find themselves in terrible conditions... so I know that my 14°C story.... has no interest and may seem stupid, but it's just to set the scene... 

Among the places in this city that are of interest,
I went for a walk in the very "lively" area, namely, the daily market,
a place where you can meet very natural people, with their own habits and rhythm of life.

Dressmakers on the sidewalk ready to make all kinds of repairs

The market in an alleyway as we see it everywhere in these Asian countries, a common and very typical image

and then, I like these "rickshaws", no engine, no fuel, no pollution...
it's like going back to the beginning of the last century...





Tuks-tuks in which everyone finds it easy... while waiting for the customer to read the newspaper for several hours...

or take a nap...
Thai people are people who are able to sleep in all kinds of conditions....
the noise does not disturb them at all....

others have more ideas to decorate their work tool

















others, by bike....

Il suffit de sortir un tout petit peu de la ville pour trouver encore un autre monde...
un pêcheur bien tranquille au milieu d'une rivière, loin du trafic et des fourmilières humaines

All you have to do is get a little bit out of the city to find yet another world... a quiet fisherman in the middle of a river, far from traffic and human anthills

I also like this kind of landscape: the countryside...