Visiting a small village along the Nan River
Yesterday on the way back from Huai Kon border-crossing I did try (and succeeded) to find a small village along the Nan River between Chiang Klang and Thung Chang. It is a bit difficult to find as the road to it is very small and sometimes even just a gravel-track. And the road ends at a suspension bridge that is only accessible for walking and motorbikes. So it was a bit of an adventure to get there.
It is a small community of about 100 hill-tribe people who were about 40 years ago relocated from the area of Bo Klua because in those days there was fighting against the "communists" in that the area of Bo Klua. In the village I was met by the Phuyai Baan (village head) who introduced me to a Buddhist teacher living in the village. He is a great story teller and did tell me about the way of life in the small village. I did meet him in the community center that was build by volunteers and the village people. The community center serves as school, library and meeting point for the village. It is a very special building because it is made out of only natural material (except the roof). For more information about the beautiful Nan province in North Thailand see Destination Travel Guide Nan, North Thailand.
|Nan River seen from the suspension bridge|
|Building a small dam|
|Art on the walls of the community center|