Rice, Sapphires, Solar Cell Power, and Rats
Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
43Trip End Mar 09, 2013
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Sapphires used to be mined in this region and piles of rock remain. We passed tapioca drying and fields full of solar power collectors/cells. We stopped at a fruit bat sanctuary near a river --hundreds of bats safe in the trees.
We boarded a traditional wooden rice barge for lunch and a cruise on the Sakae Krang River, passing raft houses and farmers tending their fish farms. Lunch included the local fish, both steamed and in curry, plus several other dishes and fruits. The cook prepared a dish with the rats which were declared "tasty" by half the group.
Stayed in a new hotel for OAT in the city of Phitsanulok, the Wangchan Riverview Hotel. Very nice room and breakfast. Dinner was in a local restaurant and Herb's birthday was celebrated with a cake. The last discovery was at a market stand selling insects as snacks -- only Herb and Russ were brave enough to try. Local rice wine was tasted, too.