Children in Bangkok
Life in the rural farming towns and villages can be vastly different from that of
the cities. For many of these people, nearly 40% of the total population, their
lives are based in the agricultural industries. In agriculture the daily way of
life seems to be dictated by the sun, the weather, and the seasons. Here family
and neighbors are depended upon to help during busy seasons and for much manual
labor. This ties the family together with the community. However, wages are generally
low and many families dream of sending a child to Bangkok, or elsewhere, to get
Still others engage in various other ways of life; this is most noticeable in the
tourist industries. While there are generally regular working hours, especially
in the cities, on the southern beaches most jobs in the tourist industry are service
jobs, such as housekeeping or cooking, as hours are more flexible.
Free time in Thailand is dependent on the individual and their jobs. For those in
the cites with regularly scheduled jobs evenings and weekends tend to be filled
with dinner, dancing, and other forms of entertainment the cities offer. For those
working in the tourist industries time off varies from season to season, just as
it does for many of the country's farmers.
No matter the location, occupation, or daily schedule of an individual, life in
Thailand seems to revolve around family, friends, and community. This is best seen
in the more rural parts of the country, but even in the cities many people work
to support their families living elsewhere in the country.