Akha (Ekaw)

Akha are the largest of the hill tribe groups, and originated in Tibet and Southern China, before they migrated to Burma, Laos and Thailand. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNm_0i-VP7A The video above is of Akha women in full traditional dress, dancing at the Hill Tribe Cultural & Sunflower Festival, Doi Hua Mae Kham, Chiang Rai province (Nov 2010) Perhaps … Read more Akha (Ekaw)

Yao (Mien)

Some 33,000 Mien are located in Thailand, remaining closely connected to their Chinese heritage. Their language, long ago derived from Han Chinese, is written in Chinese characters. Their paintings are usually of a religious nature. Artworks incorporate ancient Chinese artistic styles, albeit with a distinctive Yao style, and are sought after by Western collectors. Yao … Read more Yao (Mien)

Hill Tribes

Hill Tribes in Chiang Rai, Thailand Hill tribes add to Chiang Rai’s wondefully diverse ethnic mix. Approximately 12.5% of the population of Chiang Rai province belong to the various hill tribe groups, a colourful minority in northern Thailand. Scattered through the mountains and valleys of northern Thailand are ethnic minorities that include; Dara-ang, Akha, Lua, … Read more Hill Tribes

Northern Hilltribes

Over 100 years ago, the Hilltribe peoples migrated south from China into what are now Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. The six major tribes are the Karen (Kariang, Yang), the Hmong (Meo), the Yao (Mien), the Akha (Ekaw), the Lisu (Lisaw), and the Lahu (Mussur). The main profession of all these tribes is farming, and … Read more Northern Hilltribes

Living like Thai Villagers

Klong Rang Jorakhe is a rising star among homestay destinations     The sight of farmers working in rice fields, interface with true rural life and peaceful existence by canals and rivers are all symbolic of Thailand’s agarian society, but the discerning traveller can only see them on postcards or in guide books. But should … Read more Living like Thai Villagers

Muay Thai

Kick Boxing or Muay Thai, in its most commonly seen sports form, is a full contact ring fighting art, often called the science of eight limbs (hands, elbows, feet, and knees). Thai boxing can be seen throughout Thailand in hundreds of stadiums and is now gathering popularity throughout the world. Thai Boxers are considered the … Read more Muay Thai

Loi Krathong Festival


 A shopkeeper puts the finishing touches on a colourful krathong. The full moon night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in mid-November) is the time for the Loi Krathong festival. The word loi in Thai means “to float”, while krathong refers to a cup most commonly made from banana leaves. A candle is placed inside … Read more Loi Krathong Festival