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Thailand - Koh Samui - Coconuts

Until the 1970's coconuts were the economic engine of Koh Samui - Then tourism arrived. Beach scenes like the one to the left depended on the coconut palm to give it the tropical paradise look - but coconuts are an important cash crop to an island without tourism. THe coconuts here bare nuts all year round. If you look at the palms you will sea ripe nuts and flowers on the same tree.

The coconuts are grown on plantations all over the island from the beach side to high on the mountains in the interior.

Cattle and buffalo are grazed between the palm trees.

Palm trees in the costal areas are now giving way to development of hotel, appartments, villas and bungalows

The plantation workers live in simple housing with plenty of ventilation. It appears to be a hard living these women are bent over a spear like tool dehusking the ripening coconuts - the nuts are checked for 'milk' before being passed on for loading onto the lorry that will take them to the mainland for sale in the markets accross thailand.

 

!0,000 coconuts to the load for this truck to transport away.

Our guide Paul samples the coconut 'milk'. The milk is cool and sweet - On Koh Samui they make coconut milk ice cream - here seen below served the local way - in a roll with peanuts and condensed milk

 

The remaining husk is the material we know as coir, this will be taken away to be processed and made into rope, string or matting

 

 




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