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Trip to Phu Hin Rongkhla
|We saw her coming to
sell the flower when we stopped the car in front of National Park
Everywhere, you can meet young vendors selling flower, toy (expires with in one day) or some grilled pork etc. when you are traveling Thailand.
She was one of them.
Its was still early for tourists, so we might be the first possible-customers.
As usual I avoid seeing her straight and say Mai-Aow ("No" in Thai).
She didn't go away.
She offered one free instead!
We were not prepared to such a generous offer thus for a moment didn't know how to handle the situation.
My wife reacted faster than me and gave some money (20Baht precisely).
Then I watched her closely.
She carries her brother on her back and it doesn't look like state-of-art sales strategy. (Maybe so, but I didn't feel like that way). In her smile, I could not find any tricks to get some profit from us.
I guess she is so proud of her work, that she just want to share with others.
I asked her if I can take her picture, because I had camera in my hand.
She posed. Hardly a skilled model.
But she has sincerity.
I took this picture as her portrait. (Not tourist attraction - don't know what is the difference, though.)
I have never like the idea, taking pictures of hill tribe peoples.
I watching her eyes through my camera, I was fascinated by the
innocence and kindness only real person can reveal.
It was unexpected encounter to a real beauty of innocent people.
We left home early in the morning on Friday (18 February 2000 -
Buddhist holiday). As usual, with BB and my wife.
This is my second visit. Last one was in July 1999.
Before (until we had stayed at P. Guest House at Sangkhlaburi), our
accommodation standard was at least 3 star grade hotels.
The next day, we drove to Phu Hin Rongkhla.
After short hiking (not so short for BB and my wife), we returned to
Phu Hin Rongkhla was the headquarters of Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) and
its militia - People's Liberation Army of Thailand (PLAT) from 1967
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