Guest Photography by Karolien Bais It’s harvesting time in Chanthaburi

It is harvesting time in Chanthaburi, the eastern province that is a major source of durian, rambutan, mangosteen, salak, longkong and longan. The most striking aspect of the fruit trade is the female dominance. The middleman is generally a woman. She checks the quality, negotiates the price and carries the bulging money bag. Men are for the hard work: loading and unloading, weighing, packing and carrying.

The lady keeps track of the amount of fruit coming in. She obviously only buys the best and greatest durians.
Under the watchful eye of the trader, her worker taps on the durian to check its ripeness.
At the end of the day, the trader counts her 1,000 baht banknotes, while her worker takes a rest with an icetea.
Business is good, time for a big smile.
The next generation is being prepared for her future.


About the Photographer

Karolien Bais is a Dutch journalist, living in Thailand since 2008.
She does interviews with botanical experts in South-East Asia for her website www.
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