28 septembre 2011

From Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

We pack our luggage once again and load everything in the car towards Chiang Mai. On the way south, 13 kms ahead, lies an out-of-this-world Wat: Rong Khun.   The architectural and artistic design is very futuristic. The outside is a glittering white produced with the help of mirror-like crusts in the never-ending sculptures.  We definitely are in a movie set with star wars and monster dragons emerging from the surrounding water ponds. The impression we get must have been the same for visitors to Gaudi’s structures a... [Lire la suite]
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14 septembre 2011

Long Neck Karen

After a hearty breakfast we hit the road and head to a village where the famous Long neck Karen tribe can be found. We look for the place for hours and eventually we end up finding it. There are actually different communities that live together which makes it easier for tourists to know their culture while earning themselves some money although it feels a little bit like a human zoo. We first meet the Akha tribe who play us some traditional music and Noemie is delighted and is shouting ‘encore’… Then we encounter the Miao,... [Lire la suite]
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04 septembre 2011

Tribes and Golden Triangle

We leave early for Mae Salong, a village where many ethnic minorities live. On the way, we discover a tiny Akha village. We sit down and try to engage a conversation based on sign language. Having a young child helps a lot to break the ice and suddenly we are not intruders but part of the family. The community lives in wooden houses, scattered on narrow dirt roads with chicken running around. We had seen the Akha minority in Yunnan during our past trip in China and I can say that they look and dress almost the same. We walk around... [Lire la suite]
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