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3 day Hill Tribe Trek Northern Thailand (Day 2)

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.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (67) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (66) Day 2 Trekking

Clear blue sky and spectacular views of the mountains and rain-forest.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (75) Day 2 Trekking

Terraced fields in the valley below

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (69) Day 2 Trekking

Tamarind seeds pods, Tamarind tree.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (71) Day 2 Trekking

Termite mound, a regular feature of the rain-forest floor.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (72) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (73) Day 2 Trekking

Sunlight and shade deep within the canopy of the forest.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (62) Day 2 Trekking

Stag horn ferns are another regular feature in the trees.

We reach our 2nd Karen tribe village

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (59) Day 2 Trekking

Cockerels are another regular sight some with fabulous plumage and colour.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (61) Day 2 Trekking

Meeting place. Karen tribeswomen sit and chat

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (65) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (64) Day 2 Trekking

Local tribesmen having harvested the tamarind pods now de-shell the seeds

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (63) Day 2 Trekking

Local tribeswoman with kids

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (70) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (74) Day 2 Trekking

Woven baskets used to transport animals stored under the house.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (56) Day 2 Trekking

Local tribeswoman  on steps of house.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (55) Day 2 Trekking

The shop keeper.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (57) Day 2 Trekking

The village shop. Mr Goo stocks up on provisions for the next leg of our journey.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (60) Day 2 Trekking

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.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (58) Day 2 Trekking

Fires out time to move on.

Bamboo rafting first leg.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (47) Day 2 Trekking

Our raft loaded up and ready for the off.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (39) Day 2 TrekkingOur boatman puts the final touches before our first trip down the  Mae Tang River.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (48) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (44) Day 2 Trekking

Day 1 the waters are pretty calm so its safe to stand as we head downriver.

Life along the river

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (17)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (50)

A serenely beautiful and quiet place.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (41) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (40) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (46) Day 2 Trekking

First sight of the Lahu village where we will spend our second night.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (51) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (52) Day 2 Trekking

Hut on the left turns out to be home for the night

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (50) Day 2 Trekking

Cow waiting to be bottle fed water, i kid you not!

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (49) Day 2 Trekking

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.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (53) Day 2 Trekking

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Lahu Village by David(1)

 Sow with her litter of piglets. Most families will keep at least 1 pig.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Lahu Village by David(5)

This calf appears fascinated by two piglets at play

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Bamboo rafting on Mae Tang Riverby David Keegan 2015 (54) Day 2 Trekking

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!!

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Lahu Village by David(2)

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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