Memories from Thailand, 2014 (part 4)

More  details from my  trip in  Northern Thailand .

Almost everybody ride a motorcycle or a scooter. And seeing 3 or 4 people on it at the same time is not unusual. Wearing an helmet does not seem to be mandatory.

We visited around another village called Mae Salong. There were many large fields of tea plantations.

We got to a hill tribe village called Akha. Some older women were looking after the younger children. We tried to communicate with them  but they did not speak English  or French. Even Fred who can speak Thai could not say much with them as they have their own language. The younger woman in this photo arrived in that covered area and with photos we “communicated”.  I did not know that I would see her again the next morning at the market.

Again, we saw a woman making brooms.

From the village we went up 719 steps to see the temple Wat Pra That Mae Salong and the Chedi.   In Thailand being a Buddhist country, temples play an important role in everyday life for Thai people. People go to the temple for merit making, prey to the Buddha for things such as good health, good fortune and wealth and to seek advice from monks. There are literally tens of thousands of Buddhist temples in Thailand, most of which are active.

Chedi is an alternative term for a Buddhist stupa. They are  mostly seen in the form of a bell-shaped tower. It containing relics ( typically the remains of Buddhist monks or nuns) that is used as a place of meditation.

Ending  the day with a cold local beer was not a bad idea !!

It was another fantastic day of discovery. I hope you enjoyed reading this travel story. More to come soon.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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