Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Packed Day, part I

Earlier on this journey we visited the Hmong tribes people in Laos. Today we are staying at a beautiful resort (Golden Pine Resort and Spa) outside Chiangmai Rai. The "pine" in the name is for pineapple. I don't think there is a pine tree in this country, but pineapples, coconut, teak, coffee and palms abound here.

This morning we drove into the nearby hills and visited several hill tribes, the Long Neck, Long Ear, Akha, Yao, Lisu, and perhaps a few whose names I missed. These small rural villages are connected only by dirt footpaths. The homes are made of bamboo with teak leaf roofs. Gardens are everywhere, and ducks and chickens run underfoot. We saw no signs of modern life here, no electricity, cell phones, or vehicles apparent. The people are extraordinary crafts women, amazing to look at, and very friendly and gracious. Some of the older women are in their eighties they told us. Some in their fifties look 80. Cute babies are everywhere too, in eye-popping costumes. Here are a few samples. Needless to say we had a bit of a shopping frenzy here.

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Location:Soi 5,,Thailand

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