The Disappearing Wooden Thai House...

Even as far from town as we are, all new construction is steel, concrete and brick, often painted in the most garish of colors.  The small wooden structures that were prevalent when my wife was growing up here, are all but a thing of the past.  She speaks lovingly of wooden houses she grew up in and were later disassembled and sold off when money was needed.  Even as a child she took pride in the place she lived, however humble, polishing the wooden floors to a lustrous finish.  She was heartbroken when her father sold one house in particular, only to move into much more humble abode until he could harvest more wood from the forest to build a new house.

Over time it became more difficult to do this as laws were enforced and conventions changed.  Clearly as one looks around, there is less forest to be illegally harvested, though the practice has not been completely eradicated.  At my wife’s urging, we strolled around the village looking at the few remaining, old wooden structures.  The residents seem to lack the means to move into something more modern and protected from the elements, and were apologetic when we asked permission to take photos of their homes.  It should be noted that as much as my wife loved that one old wooden house she grew up in, she would no longer feel comfortable living is such a place.

Riding the Trek through neighboring villages I have been able to gather this assortment of village homes.  Not perhaps what one would expect or imagine when I mention wooden Thai houses, but something I wanted to share before they are all gone.  As one final note of interest, our recent visitors from the Northeast of Thailand were surprised to see that most houses here have two stairways, one at the front and one at the rear.  Apparently that is not the custom where they come from.

Hope you don't mind so many pictures in one post.  I was afraid readers would not click on an external link.