19 April 2018

The Hill Tribe Village - Baan Tong Luang Chiang Mai Thailand

So, there is this good friend of mine, she is a very good writer, and when I say good, I mean she could write a best-selling book and it doesn't have to be 300 pages long. I am still wondering why she hasn’t done it yet.
Anyways, a couple of months ago she wrote this interesting piece about People of The Golden Triangle, it was short and simple to follow for someone who isn’t keen on long articles. I am not much of a reader, but I was literally glued to this piece as it was well briefed and informative at the same time. I didn’t even waste time after reading it, I went on with own little research.

Here is the piece she wrote on STACII.COM

 The People of the Golden Triangle

Through my research and a friend of course, I found out there was this small village called Baan Tong Luang which exhibits The People Of The Golden Triangle lifestyle, just a few kilometers away from Chiang Mai. This is a small village with people from all the different Hill Tribes going about their daily lives.
They are famously known as People of the Hill Tribe in Thailand. Hill tribe people are indigenous people who are mainly found in the North Provinces of Thailand and in the mountains regions. They mostly live sustainable lives, as they are subsistence farmers, they handmake their goods and some are also nomadic, they move around to give the land time to breathe.

Some of the Tribes; I recommend you read a brief summary about them HERE

The Palaung & The Karen: Originally from Myanmar, many have now settled on the borders of Thailand and Myanmar. The Kayan which is a sub tribe of the Karen is famous for the woman with ring around their necks, famously known as the People of the Long Neck.

The Hmong; They are believed to have been original inhabitants from ancient China and Mongolia.

The Lisu: They are a nomadic tribe which consists of over 50 different clans bearing their own names and surnames. 
The Akha: This tribe is closely related to the Hani in China.

The Lahu: sometimes referred to as Muso, they are recognized as one of the 56th ethnic groups in China.

The Yao: Also known as Mien, they are officially recognised as minorities in China and Vietnam.

This small village gives you are glimpse on how the tribes go about their daily routine. I found it very interesting as they handmake most of their stuff, from cooking utensils, to fabric, clothes and so forth.
Even though this village doesn’t give one the full insight about the tribes, it’s worth visiting to get some idea about these tribes and also worth it if you are in Chiang Mai for a short travel. If you are someone who is very intrigued about culture, history and the like, it’s best to visit these tribes further North up in the mountains.
One of the ladies from the Kayan Tribe making fabric

Work station for one of the tribes

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