Northern Thailand in March
Nothern Thailand between December and May is dry, dusty and hot by day and cool by night. Chiang Mai hasn’t seen a drop of rain for three months and with very little wind, just gentle breezes from time to time the land is parched. Luckily we receive ample water from the mountains and reservoirs to sustain us and our crops. If you live in the provinces of Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai this year you should have all the spudsulike. Although Thais don’t eat many potatoes, in the the North they gorge themselves once a year before selling the harvest to McDonalds, KFC and Lays.
Despite numerous Government warnings about forest fires and pollution, burning is prevalent, air quality is poor but nothing compared to China’s mega-cities of Shanghai and Beijing. On the plus side the spudsulike are being harvested and it looks like we will have a bumper crop.
Our village alone seems to have produced more spuds than MacDonald’s, KFC and Lays combined can sell. The chip pans in the villages are sizzling and the local markets are filling up with monster bags of mouth-watering home-made chips.
What more could an ancient Brit weaned on Smith’s potato flavoured crisps with the salt separately wrapped in a little blue bag, ever want?
As soon as the potatoes are harvested and sent to market the fields will be ploughed and flooded in preparation for the next rice crop. And the cycle will start all over again.