Memories from Thailand, 2014 (part 3)

More photos from our trip in Northern Thailand.

We had a wonderful time exploring around Thaton.  We went up on the mountain and saw different Buddhas statue and some Chedi.  It was a hot   but we walked slowly and enjoyed the day.

We saw some novices monks walking down on the road.  Here is some information I found on the web about this topic. “In the old days, in particular in the rural areas, many young boys would become novice monks as that was the only way for them to receive an education. As well as having a secular education, they were taught how to read and write. These days, many of the novices that you might see in temples are boys who have been abandoned by their relations. Sometimes their parents have died or they cannot afford to raise them. Then, there is another group who are only novices for a temporary period of time. For example, maybe their grandparent died and they ordained as part of the funeral ritual. Another group of novices are the ones that ordain during their school holidays. ”

We got to the village of the Hill tribe Lahu. This village is called Kengtung. The tribe people  live in small houses on stilts made with bamboo. The pigs live under the house.

We even found a little store where we bought some cookies and some water. I don’t think the lady was  too busy as  she was napping when we arrived.  We would never know how to find this remote place but Fred knew and it was really interesting.

We saw a lady making brooms.

We saw a woman and her kid going down hill to fetch water. They use plastic bottles and they carry them in a bamboo basket on their back with a strap on their forehead. It reminded me how lucky we are to have water from the tap.

When are arrived back in Tha Ton,  we took a short boat ride on the river called  the Kok River.  You may be able to get to Myanmar if you keep going  on that river as the country is next to Thailand. However  we stayed on Thailand side .

Exploring small villages  like Tha Ton was great  to understand life in that country. The next day, we went further north to another small village. I will show you on my next post.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week-end.

 

 

6 thoughts on “Memories from Thailand, 2014 (part 3)

  1. It is incredible how different life is there, compared to here. That pure white Buddha statue is gorgeous. I wonder how they keep it so white!
    Beautiful series of images; very enjoyable!

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