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Mae Sot, Umphang, bamboo rafting, Mor Thalu cave, trek to Thilorsu waterfall, Kotha village, Thipogyi village, Mae Klong river
view point on Lay Kathit hills, and to Platha village (16 to 21 March 2008)
Four students from United World College of South East Asia, Singapore
A Karen village farm scene
A stack of firewood, cows grazing on the paddy field, smokes from the burning, a dirt village road and a farm tractor constitute a typical scene of a rural village far from city life. Still Ban Kotha has a dry season dirt road access to the town.
Hiking up the mountain to Ban Thipogyi village
After the beautiful village scenes were over we started to go at first steadily up the mountain. Later the ascent became steeper and we were just moving at a slow pace.
Paddy fields of Ban Thipogyi village
At the foot of the mountain on the other side are farms and huts. After the farms is a dirt road to the village. As we arrived there the sun was setting over the forest beyond.
Forest fire at the entrance to Ban Thipogyi village
A village farm in the dry season. Forest fire made an orange trail from the edge of the field and into the wood. Two young cows moved while I was aiming my camera at them. On the left, at the end the farm is the dirt road to the village.
A village elephant
The elephant from Ban Thipogyi was on the way to pick farm produce. So far the village was keeping the elephant for transport of goods, not for tourism.
Ban Thipogyi village
This Karen village about 15 km to the south of Thilorsu waterfall is a traditional Karen village. The villagers have paddy and corn farms. Paddy rice is for own consumption while corn is for selling. Chicken, pigs, cows and buffalos are also raised. Most houses are made of wood and bamboo. Some of them have corrugated metal plate roofs.
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