I took a couple of young Lao guys out on my boat in Phuket recently. They had never seen any water
bigger than the Mekong River yet within minutes one of them was on his knees on the edge of the pontoon trying to catch fish with his bare hands. Half an hour later he had a dozen brightly coloured fish for dinner.
The next day out at one of the islands they went "exploring" and came back with a bucket of crabs which we cooked up with chilli and other Lao spices .... absolutely delicious. Before we left one asked why I was filling up the water tanks
with a hose and why didn't I just throw a bucket overboard
. I told him to taste the water. ... he fell about laughing after he tasted it.
I thought about how these guys showed disdain for my western provisions but we ate like kings for the next few days on wild food
they caught with their barehands.
With all the gear on my boat I could sail around the world but I would starve to death first without my packaged and processed food
supply. But these guys would survive.