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Jungle trek and camping in Umphang along Klotho stream, Kotha and Thilosu waterfalls : 17 - 22 Feb 2007
National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) Gold Level Survival Trek of 7 students

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At Kotha waterfall
Our group photo at Kotha waterfall. Klotho stream which originates somewhere on Thai-Myanmar border creates two major waterfalls. The first is Thailand's largest Thilorsu waterfall which we will visit tomorrow, and Kotha waterfall by the name of a Karen village not far from here.

Kotha waterfall
Kotha waterfall, even though not so big, is a lovely one that receives far fewer tourists than its bigger brother Thilorsu. Most visitors to Umphang wildlife sanctuary visit Thilorsu but only a few of them would come here.

Arriving Ban Kotha Karen village
Approaching Ban Kotha Karen village. Buffalos, paddy farms and farm huts are the first to see before we get to the village. The weather is hot.

A Karen house
A typical hilltribe village house is made of wood and bamboo, and is built on stilts. The space below the house is used as storage as well as to keep chicken and pig. People also stay there on hot day and do activities such as hand weaving to produce cloths and clothes.

A Karen house
Entering a Karen house. The ladder is entirely made of bamboo. People must take out foot wares before going into the house.

Ban Kotha primary school
Ban Kotha primary school at lunch time. The lady in the yellow T-shirt wearing a smile is the teacher.

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