Jungle Trekking

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Lahu

In the late afternoon we had our first experience of hill tribe hospitality and only their second experience of hosting.  It was Christmas Eve and the headman agreed to a Q and A session.   For our part we provided the evenings entertainment, a game involving the flipping of beer bottle tops, great cultural ambassadors we turned out to be

 

 
Our breakfast was prepared by our hostess, the wife of the headman and his daughters

 

Bubbles are a great ice breaker, children who were very unsure of us quickly came around when they were produced, as did their mothers
Children too young to walk are carried,  strapped to a mothers or a siblings back or maybe riding side saddle
Black Lahu

This village was a hive of industry.   We quickly discovered the villages (and we) wake early.  Babies cry to be fed, dogs bark, cocks crow, pigs grunt and at first light there is the rhythmic sound of rice being pounded

Black Lahu

This village was a hive of industry.   We quickly discovered the villages (and we) wake early.  Babies cry to be fed, dogs bark, cocks crow, pigs grunt and at first light there is the rhythmic sound of rice being pounded

Every boys dream is to have his own cockerel.  They tote them around with a string attached to a leg and  occasionally two will be thrown to the ground to fight.  Children's birds  have  no spurs.  With such beautiful photogenic children around it is no wonder we had to ration our film to avoid running out in the jungle 
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