The "flower" of the coconut tree has it's nectar extracted and the juices are boiled until the "sugar" is reduced to a light to medium brown and shaped into little patties. By the way, it is absolutely delicious, and is the type of sugar used in most Thai desserts. YUM.
They waste NOTHING of the coconut tree here, using the husks of the coconut to generate the heat to boil the other goods.
I actually ended up buying some Saffron here as it is very cheap in comparison to what you pay Stateside.
I bought a good sized jar of Saffron for the equivalent of about $10...and that amount would be $50 or more in the US.
I also bought a small amount of the coconut lotion which was for sale. Felt great...smelled great!
After leaving this area, on our way back into the city, we noticed the "salt farms."
I didn't realize they still farmed sea salt in Thailand. They can only do it a couple of times a year, because it can not be harvested during the rainy seasons.
Sea Salt fields....
Roadside stand selling local sea salt...yep, I bought some...my suitcase was gaining weight with every stop! HAHAHA
GOD BLESS! Peace - Love and Joy!