We its not strictly re-thatching in the English cottage sense, more re roofing in the traditional Thai structure sense. But both use a form of reed, in our case rice stalks that have been folded over a Bamboo strip to form a roofing panel aligning two layers of rice straw in the same direction which is then lapped at around 4 - 6 inch spacing.
The Main sala has now been completely re-thatched with “Ya Ka” as this is called, just in time for the rainy season. Also the veranda roofs on the main lodge and lodges are almost complete. The traditional rice straw roofing that we use has a life span of around 2 -3 years. This time under advice from our local thatcher we have re roofed with the individual panels closer together ( 3 inches) to give us a roof that will last longer.
Room re fits will be going ahead in the next few weeks along with re flooring of the main sala balcony area.
Plans for the long awaited organic vegetable garden are underway and rough sketches of our new study center/dorm building
Pics to follow.