Wang Nam Khieo district in Nakhon Ratchasima has long been a convenient getaway for Bangkokians seeking a break from the concrete jungle, an agro-tourism destination within easy reach of the city. On a recent visit, however, the effects of an ongoing conflict about land use were plain to see.
Sheep may not be native to this country, but business operators in Wang Nam Khieo often use them to attract customers. Some locals rear the animals, building barns to house them, and some go for an easier-tomaintain option: sheep statues that visitors can pose with for playful photos.
I drove along a strangely deserted road, up and down rolling hills dotted with attractive looking resorts, coffee shops and steak restaurants. Most of these businesses have bold themes designed to catch the eye of passing motorists, with well-tended gardens, lots of space to chill out and features sure to appeal to snap-happy vacationers. But only a handful of these places seemed to be open.
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