Sunday, November 1, 2009

Visiting Hill Tribe Villages, Around Chiang Rai

Even if touristy and a bit museum-like, the visit to some of the hill tribe villages around Chiang Rai is well worth the effort. The semi-nomadic tribes migrated to Thailand from surrounding countries over the past two centuries. When not selling souvenirs they work the fields growing corn, rice and in the recent past, opium. Although they wear their garbs mainly for your camera, they still live in traditional bamboo homes and practice their Animist religions.

A traditional Akha thatched roof home has no windows and is divided into two sections, one for men and one for women.

A bird's trap made of bamboo.

An Akha family drying corn kernels.

Tribal dance by tourist demand.

The village swing is used in religious ceremonies to bless the rice harvest. Every member of the village has a turn.

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