Traveling a few days to Loei
|Kartsten mountains near Wang Saphung|
Loei province, the most western province of North-East Thailand (Isaan) and a gem for traveling in nature & culture. My favorite area of the Isaan. The area near Wang Saphung and Phu Luang is dotted with beautiful kartsen mountains with caves and waterfalls. Traveling in this area there is always a surprise around the corner. Although there is also a lot agriculture with rubber trees, rice fields, dragon fruit and unfortunately also corn. But you see not yet (and hopefully never) sugar-cane.
Loei province is home to a special hill-tribe that you not see on many places in Thailand, the Tai Dam people. The Tai Dam people are a hill-tribe that came from China and migrated to Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. Migration to the area of Loei province was around 1900. Most of the people living in Loei province are descents from many different hill-tribes from Laos and China. All with their own customs, language and traditional cloths. Although most of them have now assimilated to modern life in Thailand, the older one's will still wear their traditional cloths and speak their own language. Following are some photos I made during my trip.
|Rubber tree plantation|
|Enjoying the evening in Loei city|
|Very early wake-up for alms for the monks|
|Lunch along the mighty Mekong|
|A brand new museum (and shops and restaurant)|
|Tai Dam Cultural Center|