After some incredible elephant experiences in Chiang Mai, we headed to the mountain ranges to spend a night with people of the Hmong Hilltribe.
Hmong are an ethnic minority group originating in the south of China. They are the second largest hilltribe group in Thailand.
We arrived in the countryside and took a walk through the modest village. We stopped for a snack at a roadside stall where a couple were making Chinese doughnuts, filled with gooey sweetened condensed milk after being cooked in hot oil. These were such simple treats and oh boy they tasted good.
We settled into the Hmong Hilltribe Lodge for rustic lodgings and a pool with an incredible backdrop of lush green mountains.
After dinner our beautiful Hmong hosts, dressed in colourful traditional costumes, played ancient instruments and performed traditional songs and ceremonies. These included a Shamanic ritual, the reenactment of a wedding ceremony and makong (cotton ball) throwing which looked easy but was quite difficult!
I feel very lucky to have been welcomed into the Hmong Hilltribe. Although we couldn’t communicate with words, friendliness and warmth is easy to understand, no matter what language you speak. It’s great to see such fascinating groups keeping their traditions alive and proudly sharing their culture with visitors.
Up next: We had to the ancient town of Sukhothai.
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