We took a night sleeper train to Chiang Mai on one Friday night. Next day morning we were taken to a two days one night
trek and Karen hilltribe village home stay in Samoeng district, western part of Chiang Mai province. It was a brief
introduction to the life of people in the hills, their farming and ways of living, and elephants.
After spending few hours in the pick up truck transfer, visiting a market and a Hmong village we started walking through
farm lands of Homng, Shan and Karen people. We saw little farm huts, cows and buffalos, as well as farmers.
Occasionally we walked on hillsides and through the forest.
Sometimes we had to pass streams. The area was not in the middle of jungle, and the walk was relatively easy.
Foot-operated paddy grinder in a small Karen village where we took a rest. Chickens were looking for
spilled over rice grains to eat. These villages are in fact not very far from the road, and are not located
vary high in the mountains. In many villages we saw solar panals to generate electricity for lighting.
In the same Karen village we saw a small hut in which was set up of hand weaving of cloths.
Karen people traditionally weave cloths, clothes, bags, blankets, and other accessories by hand.
They buy cotton, zipper, and colouring materials at the market in town. Natural colouring are also done
by mixing appropriate plant extracts to get different colours.
After arriving at the village where we would sleep we went to a village called Ban Mae Kap Poo where we donated
some books and writing materials for primary school students. The photo on the left is the primary school in Ban Mae Kap Poo.
A teacher who lives nearby the school accepted our donation. On the right is a scene on the way.