Our trip starts again from the BUK harbor, former port for trade/traffic in opium and currently used for business aims.
In Chiang Mai province, we visited a village of Hmong, Thai ethnic group who also lives in the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, and Laos.
Hmong people come from western China. The main trait that characterizes this population is the proud and independent character that has led them to seek in Thailand a more hospitable land where they could live according to their own customs. From the late 18th century to the present days, Hmong communities have settled in the provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Tak.
Fun fact: Hmong houses’ floor does not lean on the ground, but it is elevated on a cellar that they also use as a storage.
Even the smallest female children are taught the values of tradition, so they are embroidering a part of their traditional dress .. literally under the house!
Finally, we’re going to attend a special ritual. A sorcerer is hosting us in his hause and he offers us tea, simulating a function to free the sick from evil spirits with the assistance of the naga, the Mekong giant serpent deity. It looks like a scene from a movie!