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Doi Suthep National Park Beginner Downhill Bike Ride from Chiang Mai
"One of the most scenic and popular Mountain Bike rides in Chiang Mai your mountain bike adventure kicks off with a transfer from your hotel and a comprehensive safety and bike fit-out briefing. Then you are all set to enjoy a 25 km ride without the traffic.Itinerary: 9.30am: You will be collected from your hotel and after registrations are done embark on the 45 minute drive to the top of Doi Pui Mountain. It is here at the summit of the Doi Suthep National Park you will make the final preparation on your bike take in a thorough safety briefing and then a short test ride to get comfortable with your equipment.Heading off toward the Coffee Plantation
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2 Hour Traditional Thai Massage in Chiang Mai
"Enjoy 2 hours spa or massage in the heart of the historical part of town in the ""Old City"". Start your spa visit in style with the complimentary pick up service from your hotel (available within Chiang Mai city area). Relax in the lush and tropical surroundings of the spa with ample green spaces and water features while you comfortable clothing will be provided. After your massage the therapist will bring you to our air-conditioned area to enjoy a homemade ginger tea and a light snack. If you wish you can relax at the spa do some shopping at the spa shop for exclusive spa products or souvenirs or visit the adjacent Café. Enjoy a drink or snack in the tropical garden by the pond before the driver transport you back off at your hotel. The driver can drop you at a ma a restaurant or even at the airport. You can safely store your luggage at the spa reception area during your massage and the driver will send you off at the airport after you completed your treatments."
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4 Hour Fah Lanna Romantic Spa Package
"Enjoy the 4 hour spa package in the heart of the historical part of town in the ""Old City"". Start your spa visit in style with the complimentary pick up service from your hotel (available within Chiang Mai city area). Relax in the lush and tropical surroundings of the spa with ample green spaces and water features while you the therapist will bring you to our air-conditioned area to enjoy a homemade ginger tea and a light snack. If you wish you can relax at the spa do some shopping at the spa shop for exclusive spa products or souvenirs or visit the adjacent Café. Enjoy a drink or snack in the tropical garden by the pond before our driver brings you back to your hotel.Our driver can also drop you at a marke a restaurant or even at the airport. You can safely store your luggage at the spa reception area during your massage and the driver will send you off at the airport after you completed your treatments."""
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Karen Hill Tribe Tips (3)

KAREN LONG NECK

STOP 5 on TRIBAL TOUR

Still continuing on back roads our next stop was the Karen Long Neck village.

The long necks live here, we saw their homes in the distance. Instead of visiting these, we were taken across rice paddies to an area that was set up with tourist stalls. Some of the Ladies were weaving and others were just by their stalls hoping that you would buy.

Our guide told us that their necks aren't stretched, that is an illusion. This row of brass rings actually squash the vertebrae and collar bones.
A woman generally has about twenty or more rings around her neck. This neck ring adornment is started when the girls are 5 or 6 years old.
We were given one to hold, and it is quite heavy, 5kg! Imagine wearing that!

I didn't know that they had rings on their arms and legs. However, these rings are just as important.
The rings on the arms are worn on the forearm from the wrist to the elbow.
Those on the legs are worn from the ankles to the knees, and cloth coverings are kept over most of these rings, from the shins down to the ankles.

I bought some postcards, but that was all I wanted. Hardly anybody on tour bought, and the Long Necks had such sad faces, what can you do, you can't buy from all!!

It was interesting being with a guide and learning about their culture. It was a pity, that we couldn't have a look at their home area, like the other two we had previously visited, that is so much nicer.

The 3rd photo is being used with my permission in a Vietnamese travel magazine

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Mar 24, 2013

Karen Hill Tribe -- the "pig" tradition (1)

You can see one of the interesting Karen traditions in the village – When a daughter is born in the family, a pig will be raised under the house, until the day she gets married. So you could see quite a few pigs lying around happily.

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Apr 17, 2004

Karen Hill Tribe -- Karen cloth

Karen cloth is hand-woven on back-strap looms and is predominantly red with white, blue or brown vertical stripes. Stitching is clear and decorative.

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Apr 16, 2004
 
 
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