4) Nan & Mlabri/Jungle People
Your tour start around 09:00 and will go through the beautiful countryside where we will visit a local temple who participate in the dragon boat races. You can see the difference between the old (heavy boats) and the newer lighter boats. Beside is a huge old tree that was found in the Nan river. All the boats were used to be made out of these huge trees, but now they are all made from several pieces of hard wood like teak. We will tell you how and why is huge tree was transported to this small temple area! Onwards to the Mlabri village we will make several other interesting stops. One of them is a small weaving village. Lunch is taken in a small roadside village where they have great Lemon Ice Teas and coffees. After a beautiful scenic drive through the mountains we will stop at a Black Hmong village where you can see their culture and the traditional Hmong houses. The Black Mhong are a Chinese minority and they are very good in trading. There is also a Red Hmong tribe (and a blue and striped one) but actually they are the same as the Black Hmong. They are a different family and live in different villages and some have different believes in religion.The Hmongs people came a few generations back from Mongolia in China where they managed escaped from Mao's Communism The next stop is the Mlabri village where you can see the differences in habits and cultures of this other minority group.
There are only about 80-120 Mlabri people left in the world! These people are very unique because of their culture. The Mlabri ("People of the yellow leaves") used to live deep in the jungle (not that long ago!) and they were seldomly seen. They roamed the jungle and lived under banana leaves until they became yellow and then moved on. They hunted for their food but when the food became scarce they needed help to survive.
The Thai government build a small village for them where they now live. The Mlabri never lived at one place before and they do not know how to farm and keep live stock like chicken or pigs. They never did before and it must be very hard for them. The very young children have a school to go to in their village but the older ones gave up quickly as they thought school last for a couple of weeks and when they heard school takes many many years there interest in learning was gone. Their parents never went to school too and they seems to be doing ok. (Really?? Unfortunately times have changed!) At the village someone will tell more about their unique culture. They might look very poor and dirty to you because they only shower a few times a year (there were no shower rooms in the jungle remember) and there are many other interesting things we see as normal but for them, at the moment, it is not. One step at the time. Humanity can also learn from them for sure!
Some of these pictures above are taken by us and it is how they live now. If you like to bring something for these people food items will do fine. You can also help and buy one of their organic jungle bags, all made from plants and very unique!
On the way back we stop at a riverside coffee shop. This is a roadside place near a small creek. If you like you can sit right in the creek. Local people rather like to sit in the creek then beside it. Try it! It sure is refreshing. (Not in all seasons!)
In stead of relaxing here for about an hour with some refreshments you can also go to the charming city centre of Nan where we will visit Wat Pumin. Be sure to check out the vegetable-dyed coloured frescoes, the ‘whispering lovers’ scene, the ‘copulating monkey’s’ and the depictions of a torturous hell. Opposite of Wat Phumin is The Nan National Museum. Walk through the frangipani tunnel and visit the museum where you can see the artifacts and antiques that belong to the city’s previous rulers as well as exhibitions of ethnic cultures. There are two other temples that are worth a visit. The one on the side is Wat Hua Khuang which means "The Temple on the big square" (the Nan National Museum (=City Palace) was not build yet at that time. This Temple is famous for its antique library. Opposite is Wat Chang Kham. This Temple is about 600 years old and is from the Sukhothai period. The pagoda has beautiful elephants heads around it. Your tour ends here and you will be driven back to your hotel or resort. We really hope you loved your day and hope to see you back on an other tour soon. Thank you!
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