Thailand episode#1 Chiang dao jungle trekking and 1 day living in Lahu village

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A typical house in Lahu village, hill tribe in Chiang Dao jungle

ENGLISH VERSION BELOW

Per farci accompagnare nella nostra avventura nella giungla abbiamo scelto una piccola realtà, fatta e gestita da gente locale e basata sulle comunità della zona, che attua una travel policy ecoresponsabile molto severa:

http://www.barkinggeckotravel.com/responsible-travel-policy.html

L’impegno di Barking gecko travel nell’attuare un turismo responsabile si manifesta sia a livello sociale che a livello ambientale, motivo per cui, visitando le tribù della giungla di montagna, si cerca di minimizzare quanto più possibile l’impatto da parte dei visitatori esterni. Per la stessa ragione, animali naturalmente selvatici come gli elefanti, non vengono da loro utilizzati come attrazione turistica.

(Un ottimo modo per avere un contatto diretto e rispettoso con gli elefanti nel loro ambiente naturale è The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.)

Volevamo un’esperienza autentica, scevra dal turismo di massa troppo spesso irrispettoso e costruito, volevamo vivere esattamente come fanno gli abitanti di questa tribù della giungla di montagna al confine fra la Thailandia e la Birmania. I nostri accompagnatori locali ci hanno guidato in un incredibile trekking nella giungla per poi farci accogliere dagli abitanti del villaggio, dormendo nelle loro case, mangiando il loro squisito cibo, interagendo con loro attraverso la nostra guida locale che faceva da tramite fra il nostro inglese e il loro dialetto. Sorrisi, sguardi, gesti, profumi, colori. Un senso dell’accoglienza e del rispetto del diverso che è il vero motore della pace, della bellezza, della scoperta, del viaggio.

ENGLISH VERSION:

We have chosen a little local community based travel company with a very strict responsible travel policy:

http://www.barkinggeckotravel.com/responsible-travel-policy.html

They are socially and environmentally responsible so that, for example, when visiting hill tribe communities, the goal is to minimize any negative impacts that outside visitors may have on the community involved. For the same reason, naturally wild animals like elephants are not used as a touristic attraction.

A great way to have a personal and natural contact with elephants is The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai.

We wanted an authentic experience, devoid of mass tourism too often disrespectful and built, we wanted to live exactly as the people of this hill tribe jungle on the border between Thailand and Myanmar do. Our local guides have guided us in an amazing jungle trekking and then let us welcome by the villagers, sleeping in their homes, eating their delicious food, interacting with them through our local anglophone guide. Smiles, looks, gestures, scents, colors. A sense of hospitality and respect of the other which is the real essence of the peace, of beauty, of discovery, of the trip.

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Just arrived in Lahu village after a wonderful trekking in the Chiang dao jungle with our responsible, fairy and community based little travel guide.

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The most beautiful and colorfull roosters ever seen before

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Meeting the children of the village #1

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Meeting the children of the village #2

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Meeting the children of the village #3

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Meeting the children of the village #4

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Meeting the children of the village #5

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Lahu is a selfsufficient village. Here a mother come from the tea fields where she works during the day

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Lahu people are kind and always smiling. The only way to comunicate with them is the smiling… or our local guide translating them from the english for us. 🙂

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Rooster, rooster, rooster!

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Meeting the children of the village #6

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In the left, the lady that accomodate us in her house, in the centre, our local guide cooking the dinner for us #1

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In the left, the lady that accomodate us in her house, in the centre, our local guide cooking the dinner for us #2

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Our local guide cooking the dinner for us: stir fried chicken and veggies rice, simply delicious…

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Trying to making friends…

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Our little friend with her daddy during the dinner…

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Our beautiful local guide, SuperThon, picking some jungle’s red flowers to put in our dinner salad

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Our beautiful local guide, SuperThon, picking some jungle’s red flowers to put in our dinner salad

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Coffe cherries from coffe trees in chiang dao jungle

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Our second beautiful local guide, Amy

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Our lunch cooked by our local guide: veggies noodles in banana leaf, chop sticks made at the moment from banana’s plant in the jungle!

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Eating our delicious lunch during a rest from the trekking with the feet in the water near a waterfall…

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Eating our delicious lunch during a rest from the trekking with the feet in the water near a waterfall…

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Eating our delicious lunch during a rest from the trekking with the feet in the water near a waterfall…

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