Uncovering provincial pearls
The newly appointed tourism minister is eager to promote upcountry destinations that haven't been getting the attention they deserve _ and the first place on his whistlestop tour was Suphan Buri
One of the first sights that greeted us when we stepped off the bus in Pho Sri, a village in Suphan Buri's Bang Pla Ma district, was an elderly man with a delighted grin plastered across his face. We later discovered that his name was Charoen Nutha and that he was 67.
A market is reborn: wooden shophouses in the resurrected Talat Kao Hong are mostly open on the weekends, selling food, snacks and souvenirs.
"I'm so glad to see tourists," he told us, "because I want people to know what good things we have in our community."
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