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Thailand Photos: Sangklaburi in Kanchanaburi - walk and Karen village home stay (09 - 13 September 2006)

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Flowers of the forest
Flowers of the forest. After buying some food and a conversation with the villagers we left Sane Pong and started walking up the hill behind the village.

View of Sanepong village from the hill-top
From a hill-top we could see the village, its paddy fields and orchards, Songkalia stream, and the forest beyond. Sane Pong, even though quite close to the paved road and Sangklaburi town, still looked much the same as other villages far from the road.

Waters, streams, the forest is flooded
Roughly one and half hours after leaving the village we were greeted by streams and overflows of mountain canals. We walked through the waters finding foot-hold on the rocks and stones in the streams. Rainy season forest trekking is never easy but it is far from impossible.

A ladder to the sky Ladder construction detail
A bee hive (honey) climber's ladder hugging the tree to the very top of the trunk. Not all Karen people would climb such a ladder let alone we the town folks. They build their entire climbing machine using bamboo.

Walking the streams
More spilling streams came into view and it was time to stop for a picture. The luck was most of the time we could find a place to put our feet in the water. Where we could not see through the murkey water we grabed whatever there was (grass, plants, rock, etc.) and let one foot go to find another hold to move on.

Mushrooms
Beauty of the forest. Mushrooms grow on dead tree, bamboo, elephant dung, in the soil.

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