Local people, Chiang Mai
This flower market is located along the western bank of the Ping River, to the north of Nawarat Bridge. Here you can see stalls and shops selling the offering garlands that people take to temples plus ones that they hang in their cars.
This is a fantastic fruit and vegetable market to wander around in that's located in the north-east corner of the city walls. You can witness everyday Thai life going on here plus also see several farang doing their daily shopping as well.
The Lisu or Lisor originated from Yunnan. Lisu villages can be found near Chiang Dao, Pai and Phrao.
Lisu villages are usually built close to water to provide easy access for washing and drinking. Their homes are usually built on the ground and have dirt floors and bamboo walls, although an increasing number of the more affluent Lisu are now building houses from wood or even concrete.
The unique thing about the women in the tribe is that they wear big tubes as earings.
Spoilt by the tourist, the little kids were already asking for money when they see visitors.
The Karen also known as the Kariang are are by far the largest ethnic group of the hilltribes in Myanmar and Thailand.
The Karen began to move into Thailand around the 17th century. The main groups in Thailand are White Karen composed of the Skaw and the Pwo sub groups.
The Karen live in villages of around 25 houses raised on stilts. Each household consists of the parents and their unmarried children. Married daughters and their families may also live in the same house. Before marriage the ladies wear the white dress. A married women wears the dark blue blouse.
The terms Hmong and Mong both refer to an Asian ethnic group whose homeland is in the mountainous regions of southern China.
The Hmong people migrated to Southeast Asia and today live in northern Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar.
There are two subgroups of Hmong in Thailand; the Blue Hmong and White Hmong. Blue Hmong villages are located on high mountain areas north from Doi Inthanon to the Burmese border. They are the closest group to Chiang Mai, with villages in the Doi Suthep area.
The Akha are an ethnic group which originated in China and Tibet. Most of the remaining Akha people are now distributed in small villages among the mountains of China, Laos, Myanmar and northern Thailand. They speak Akha language and live in bamboo houses raised on low wooden stilts in hilly areas.
In more touristed areas, the Akha will often supplement their income through the sale of handicrafts and woven clothing made using traditional skills. They have cultivated opium in the past as an additional source of income, but now they turn to growing crops like soya, rice, ginger, with the help of the Thai government and King's Project.
The women sit by their stall making the ethnic cloths we saw them sewing. We were not sure if they were made to do this, as this was along the tourist route, or was this soemthing they did as a general daily activity.
I think what she is doing is called cross stitching but it might be something else. Anyways it is some kind of very intricate sewing all done by hand. A skill that I'm sure is passed from mother to daughter.
I came across this stone flour grinder in one of the villages. I thought it was quite interesting so I gave the handle a push and some leftover flour started falling out of the bottom and the pigs came a running!! They knew the grinding sound would produce some food for them. So I asked one of my buddies to take a photo for me. The snooting sound that the pigs made had us laughing so much that the kids came over to see what we were laughing at.
One of the guys in our group brought along a big picture book about local birds and the kids are enjoying looking at the pictures and making the sounds that the birds make. It was fun as everyone was laughing and having a great time!
The men in most of the villages that I visited smoked their tobacco in these huge pipes. It seemed a bit cumbersome but pretty interesting as they would get together and always carry that pipe with them when they were going for a smoke. I am a non-smoker so I didnt' give it a try.
Sorry about the quality of the photo..it is taken inside a hut without a flash on a very slow setting.
One of the members of our group was talking with a village lady through the interitation of our guide and she showed the dress she was working on. It was very intricate work. It seemed to me that it would take a long time to make one of these by hand. She agreed to pose for a photo.
You can witness many local styles of local work. This guy here was working all morning on stripping the bark off the tree by hand.
I noticed at some of the villages little kids that appeared to be 4 or 5 years old were caring for the very small kids. Maybe the parents were working at the time??
Most of the ladies always had a basket on their back if I met them along the trail. Some of them carried quite heavy loads too. I believe this is from the Mao Tribe.