June 19. Off to Rayong
Our first stop was Suan Lamai. This is the poor man's version of Suphattra Land. It's a two stop tour around the farm. The entry price allows you to all-you-can-eat buffet style down on any of their fruit. It was pretty country though.
It was a fun and quick stop. The farm was well cared for, clean, and had a nice atmosphere to it. Nothing compared to Suphattra Land mind you, but still a fruit farm and that makes it okay in my book. Besides, new experiences count.
An observation I made was that once we got deeper into Rayong, the rubber trees started to dominate the landscape. They were like rows and rows of soldiers standing forever in their ranks at attention. It really is an impressive site. Bee's dad said that family members had a rubber farm when he was a child...9-10 years old. The bark of the rubber trees would be cut in the wee hours of the morning, like 1:00 a.m. The sap would run down and collect into little cups nailed to the tree. Bee's dad would go from tree to tree dumping the contents of the cups into a bucket. Only when you can see the size of these rubber tree forests, could you understand the amount of time and effort that must go into this. But he said he had fun doing it...something only a 9-10 year old boy could have fun doing.