Monday, January 31, 2011

7 Tribes Village ♥ ♥

 

After our wilderness adventure at the Mae Taeng Elephant Park, we come to 7 Tribes Village to see the, well, the 7 tribes (duh).

 

IMG_6469Waterfalls

 

We learn about the lives, customs and traditions of the different hill tribes, namely the Mong, Leesaw, Mian, Akha, Palong, Ekaw, and my favorite of all – Pa-Daung or the Long Neck Karen.

 

leesaw tribeThis is a pretty Leesaw whose native land is the northwest of Yunnan County. The “Leesu” as they call themselves have settled down in Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.

 

IMG_6476Jin and Sam Leesu

 

And then there are the Long Neck Karens. (Yes, I am so engrossed in their abnormally long necks I forget to take photos of other tribe peoples. Sorry.)

 

long neck karenPa-Daung or Long Neck Karen call themselves “Laekur” and their native land is the Kaya State of Eastern Burma. They love wearing brass rings around their necks, arms and calves.

 

long neck karenTheir main livelihood: Shawl-ing. Check out the ear hOle.

 

IMG_6477Spinning

 

long neck karenHelp a Long Neck, buy a shawl.

 

long neck karenStarting them young

 

IMG_6498This is a traditional tribal home

 

IMG_6497Walls are made from split bamboo

 

IMG_6500That’s Sam playing a Long Neck Karen’s wooden guitar

 

IMG_6489And that’s me playing a Long Neck Karen

 

P.S. That brass neckpiece is EXTREMELY heavy!!!

 

7 Tribes Village: Wang Num Yad Resort, 4/2 Village No. 2, Kuet Chang Sub-district, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tel: 083-1540896

Mae Taeng Elephant Park ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

mae taeng elephant park

 

I hope I get to see all of Mae Taeng’s 53 elephants today.

But I hope they don’t come at me altogether. Gulp.

 

mae taeng elephant parkBananas and sugar cane for sale. Not for you, dumdum. For Dumbo!

 

We go for the full day package which includes an entertaining elephant show, a slow but sure ox cart ride and elephant ride that take us around the park which is enveloped in breathtaking views, a simple buffet lunch and a relaxing, scenic bamboo raft ride down the serene Mae Taeng River.

Whew.

Too much nature for a city girl. Me likey!

 

mae taeng elephant parkHolding tails (just like in the movie… awww…)

 

mae taeng elephant park tricksPlaying dead (too cute, hihihi!)

 

mae taeng elephant park tricksKneeling with one leg up (I can do that, too… err… I think?)

 

mae taeng elephant parkFlirting with a human (Atta boy!)

 

mae taeng elephant parkSome kind of rope trick which I don’t get

 

elephant drawing at mae taeng elephant parkHe’s gonna draw! He’s gonna draw!

 

elephant drawing at mae taeng elephant parkFirst, stems

 

elephant drawing at mae taeng elephant parkThen flowers

 

elephant drawing at mae taeng elephant parkThen more flowers

 

elephant drawing at mae taeng elephant parkTa-Da!!! Complete with leaves and grass, too!

 

elephant playing soccer at mae taeng elephant parkPlaying soccer

 

elephant playing soccer at mae taeng elephant parkNice kick, Dumbo!

 

elephant playing soccer at mae taeng elephant parkYES! GOAL!!!

 

Dancing to Shalala Lala

Groovin’ to the music (check out the moves of the one in the middle)

 

mae taeng elephant parkGreat job, Dumbo! Here’s some sugarcane treat for you.

 

mae taeng elephant parkAnd Dumbo thanks me by…

 

mae taeng elephant parkDropping a hat on my head/face (oops!)

 

mae taeng elephant park ox cart rideThen it’s time for our ox cart ride

 

mae taeng elephant park ox cart rideUncle Richard, Auntie Susan, Sam, Me and our tour guide Ah Fang pulled by
a rare breed of Lampoons

 

mae taeng elephant parkSo natural, so beautiful

 

mae taeng elephant park longan treeLongan Tree

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant rideAnd then we ride them Dumbos. Yay!
See how big they are and how narrow the road is. Can YOU do that sexy walk?

 

mae taeng elephant parkFor those wanting to stay longer and wake up to the sight and sound of the magnificent creatures, modern lodging is available in the park.

 

mae taeng elephant parkOne of the bigger units facing the river

 

mae taeng elephant park mae taeng riverThe Mae Taeng River

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant rideTime to cross

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant rideStopping for a quick snack

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant pooSnack excretion (heehee)

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant rideKinda cool how they are now two-toned

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant rideComing up is a bit scary (Please don’t slip, please don’t slip!)

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant pooPoo.

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant paper… becomes paper. Poo paper?

 

mae taeng elephant park restaurantWe have a simple lunch at a place simply called “Restaurant”

 

mae taeng elephant park restaurantIt’s a buffet. Please feel free to take off your shirts.

 

mae taeng elephant park restaurantMy warm-up bowl: chicken noodle soup

 

mae taeng elephant park restaurantMy main plate: pad thai, squash, chicken with black fungus, vegetable spring roll

 

mae taeng elephant park restaurantMy dessert plate: fried bananas

 

Yup, that is it.

And the reason why I cannot afford to eat more?

 

mae taeng elephant park bamboo raft rideThis. I am afraid for the bamboo raft.

 

mae taeng elephant park bamboo raft rideSorry for giving you a hard time with all this weight, Mister Paddler!

 

tree houseTreehouse

 

mae taeng elephant park elephant rideMama and Baby Elephants. Just too adorable!!!

 

mae taeng elephant park bamboo raft rideThank you, Uncle Richard, Auntie Susan and Sam for letting me tag along this trip! Smile

 

Mae Taeng Elephant Park: 35/1 Moonmuang Road, T. Prasing, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Tel: 085 719 7047

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