Most Phrae rice fields either lie barren, or are a verdant green at this time of year.
But this rice paddy lies in transition: green shoots, but not yet flooded.
Lat night’s heavy rain would have changed that…
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It was the Water Festival and people had flocked to the capital.
So, the police had to do a little work. And they needed to look the part.
They were busy and on their best behaviour. That meant not having their palms out as often as usual for a little cash bribe.