Day 2 Trekking
Our trek begins after breakfast through spectacular scenery to another Karen village higher up in the mountains. Although the start is cool it quickly heats up. That and the altitude means thinner air, so slightly harder going.
Clear blue sky and spectacular views of the mountains and rain-forest.
Terraced fields in the valley below
Tamarind seeds pods, Tamarind tree.
Termite mound, a regular feature of the rain-forest floor.
Sunlight and shade deep within the canopy of the forest.
Stag horn ferns are another regular feature in the trees.
We reach our 2nd Karen tribe village
Cockerels are another regular sight some with fabulous plumage and colour.
Meeting place. Karen tribeswomen sit and chat
Local tribesmen having harvested the tamarind pods now de-shell the seeds
Local tribeswoman with kids
Woven baskets used to transport animals stored under the house.
Local tribeswoman on steps of house.
The shop keeper.
The village shop. Mr Goo stocks up on provisions for the next leg of our journey.
Goo takes me on a tour of local private school. The school is empty when we visit as its holiday time, he shows me the kitchen fire used to cook lunch for the kids during term time. This school is run with financial aid of the Thai Royal family. The Thai royals are revered in this area as in much of Thailand and indeed the scool was visited by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a supporter of the school.
Fires out time to move on.
Bamboo rafting first leg.
Our raft loaded up and ready for the off.
Our boatman puts the final touches before our first trip down the Mae Tang River.
Day 1 the waters are pretty calm so its safe to stand as we head downriver.
Life along the river
A serenely beautiful and quiet place.
First sight of the Lahu village where we will spend our second night.
Hut on the left turns out to be home for the night
Cow waiting to be bottle fed water, i kid you not!
As mentioned in earlier photo local woman bottle feeds her cattle with water. I watched this woman take exceptionally good care of her livestock. Even climbing into trees to cut down leaves of a particular type that they go mad for.
Sow with her litter of piglets. Most families will keep at least 1 pig.
This calf appears fascinated by two piglets at play
Goo tells me at home his wife will never let him cook as she does not believe he can cook and does not believe he cooks when he goes trekking, so this picture was taken to prove Goo really can cook and very well too!!
Lahu lunar festival. This takes place very late into the night with food drink and dancing, all backed by a hypnotic drumbeat.
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