The house of the oldest citizen in Krabi, 111-year-old Pliew Petchpuang, in Plaipraya district, was filled with the buzz of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they gathered for Family Day and Thai New Year on Monday.
All were dressed in tradition Thai outfits and gathered at the house to get blessed by the oldest family member. Most live in other villages or other provinces and always come together at this time of the year.
Pliew’s granddaughter-in-law, Orapin Petchpuang, said that the matriarch was born in 1907 when Thailand was in the reign of King Rama 5 and has lived through the reigns of five Kings.
Her overall health is excellent, said Pliew – she has fine vision and her listening is “quite good”. She can still communicate with others well and walks without a cane.
Pliew shared her longevity tips, noting that her diet is mainly vegetables and chili paste. She eats little meat and does what she can to remain active.