“Don’t stand under the coconut tree.”

On one of our adventures, ST and I got to visit a coconut and orchid farm. It was a pretty small spot and they clearly catered to tourists with the requisite gift shop. But I thought the demonstration of the various processing steps for coconuts was interesting. They showed us how the coconuts are harvested from tiny ladders that take faith and skill to operate. We also saw how the various parts of the coconut are used for meat, milk, water and sugar. It really is a remarkably versatile fruit.

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This is the ladder used to harvest the coconuts
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Boiling down the coconut meat to extract the sugar
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Boiling down the coconut meat to extract the sugar
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Boiling down the coconut meat to extract the sugar
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Boiling down the coconut meat to extract the sugar

The orchid greenhouse was a lot more low-key. We got to just wander and look at the plants in various stages.

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Orchid farm
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Orchid farm
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I matched the bougainvillea accidentally
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Orchid farm
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Orchid farm
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Orchid farm
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Orchid farm
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Outside the Orchid farm

Orchids and coconut are both ubiquitous in Thailand, as in many other tropical places. I remember seeing a similar coconut demonstration in Belize, though the uses and steps were a little different.

Title quote: Obvious(?) but valuable advice given to me in Belize in 2012

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Different components of the coconut
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Boiling down the coconut meat to extract the sugar
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Coconut husks
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Orchid farm

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