I arrived in Pai at Tacomepai Organic Farm just in time for the rice harvest festival.
3 days of cultural music, dance and rice harvest activities.
Rice bashing was just one of the activities and it created a very surreal effect to be bashing the stalks against a wooden table under the moonlight. Rice grains flying everywhere and smiling faces flickered like candles reflecting the light of huge torches that burned through the night. Music of hill tribes was echoing across the harvested fields and dance kept our feet and spirits light.
The harvest festival would be the first of many rewarding cultural experiences I might have missed if it weren't for Sandot and his organic farm, Tacomepai.
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