The Rice Field Project Part 2 : Building a wooden Sala

As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 2. To read the other parts click on the tag Rice Field. We bought the first plot of land in September 2017.

Update at 6 October 2018 : So we (well my wife) did buy indeed a small piece land. A bit more as 120 Tarang Wah ... so about 500 sqm. And it is rice field, so within 2 weeks we are going to do some rice harvesting.

But as it is at the moment very nice to be there, the first thing I wanted to have is a sala to sit there and enjoy the nature. That sounds easy, at least here in Thailand. You see old simple sala's everywhere in the rice-fields. Farmers build them so they can rest in the shadow while at work on the rice-fields. So we asked a guy in our village.

"Takes about 2 or 3 days to build, costs 1.000 THB / day, I have 4 good pole for you only 1.200 THB / pole. And you need that, that,...." . Well that would become a expensive simple sala for about 15.000 THB. So we skipped that.

So we went to another village and found a shop selling cheap wood, or actually just cut trees. All the wood for the sale, except the floor, would costs 3.800 THB. That is better! And we talked to a local farmer who offered to build the sala in 1 or 2 days for 500 THB / day. Also that sounded must better. Actually he recommended us to go to a furniture shop who are also selling wood that can be used for the sala.

So we went there and they claimed they are selling teak-wood. I have my doubts as it is so cheap. But well all the wood, except the floor, would costs 2.100 THB. And they did even bring it! So the sala was build by the farmer and his friend in 1 day for 1.200 THB. Then we still had to buy a roof material. We did choose a natural roof that did costs 1.450 THB. Then we still had to buy wood for the floor .... that became a bit more expensive as I thought .... about 2.000 THB. So total price of our simple sala was about 7.000 THB. And we enjoy it many times in the early morning for breakfast.

The next step will be to make the land accessible. This was the second part of our ongoing Rice Field Project, to read the other parts click on the tag Rice Field

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