Thailand is primarily an agricultural country. Fields of chilli pepper, corn, pineapple and numerous other vegetables and fruit cover much of the landscape outside the major cities.
Today, for a totally unrelated reason, I found myself in farm country west of Hua Hin. The area also is dotted with sharp-rising hills, thick with vegetation and often with a temple perched on or near the top.
In the areas between hills, many suburban-style neighborhoods are popping up, mostly meant for expat retirees or expat winter homes. I was visiting one of them, but passed by fields of pineapples – so I just had to ask my driver to stop.
Pineapples picked today will be in the fresh markets in town before dawn.