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

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A lizard on the tree
A lizard on the tree waiting for food - probably grass hopper. Provided with healthy green environment, lot of wildlife exist in these forested land of northern Kanchanaburi province which is the southern part of a large forest land covering also Umphang district in Tak province. Many species of birds including hornbills, pigs, wild chicken, (smaller) members of deer family, monkeys, gibbons, snakes were often spotted by quiet jungle trekkers with sharp eyes.

Large mushrooms
Large dark red browny colour mushrooms growing on a dead wood. There are also lot of wild flowers, wild fruits, and vegetation some of which are edible and some could be used as medicines that can cure certain illlnesses.

A fire place in a farm hut where we had our lunch
Arround 1:30 p.m. we arrived at a farm hut beside a paddy field in the outskirt of Gosadeng Karen village. The village itself was still at least half an hour walk away. We asked for permission to enter and used their kitchen corner to have our lunch. Two women and two men taking care of their rice farm offered us boiled water.

Mountain paddy field
The paddy plots next to the farm hut. Rice produced in these fields are just for own consumption. They build their farm hut using wood, bamboo, and cane. They bring in some cooking utensils, bedding, clothes, mosquito nets, and farm tools to stay there for a month or so. Because their farms shift from place to place over the years these huts are temporary.

A river crossing
After lunch and a chat we left them and walked toward their village - Gosadeng. The rain had stopped already. We were now not far from the Royal Forest Department station, after that we would cross a larger river by bridge to the village. For now we had a mountain brook to walk over.

Forest department station
Royal Forest Department ranger station near Gosadeng village. After the station we arrived at a river that we can't cross without a bridge. We followed a narrow trail along the river for a half kilometer to the bridge.

Since the forest trails, rivers and streams, rocks and waterfalls, bridge crossing can be changed time by time it is extremely helpful to meet the local people along the way for current latest information. Karen people speak Karen (Kayin) language. Many of them speak Thai. A few of them, especially the middle and older aged living in the villages near border, speak Myanmar. However in the farm huts expect to meet people who speak only Karen. Therefore it is important that you walk with a knowledgable local Karen people and inform the village head whenever entering a village. Wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves, and national parks may require that you must inform their offices before walking in their boundary..

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