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Hill Tribes in Thailand

June 29th, 2016 | Posts By Devalier | Filed in: Culture

Karen Long Neck Bride—Baan Tong Luang

Karen Long Neck Bride—Baan Tong Luang

 

When you are in Northern Thailand, a very beautiful part of the country (as much as anything because of the graciousness of its people), a most interesting thing to do is to visit Baan Tong Luang, a small community of Hill Tribe Villages. They include the Karen long neck people and other tribes: Lalu Shi Bala, Pa long, Hmong, Kayaw, Yao and Akha.

These tribal people originated in China, Mongolia, or Tibet and migrated from Myanmar, Laos or Vietnam to their present location in Baan Tong Luang, an approximate 12 kilometer drive from Chiang Mai. If you are “game for it,” you ride by elephant to the Hill Tribe Villages from Maesa Elephant Camp and walk to Baan Tong Luang right at the end of an adventurous trek through the jungle.

The Hill Tribe Villagers have preserved their traditional culture for centuries. The women weave their beautiful clothing or farm. The men often work to train, care for, or guide the elephants. The village people are Christians but also believe in night spirits and ghosts. They are very friendly to tourists, as you can see from the photos they were happy for me to take. I only wish that I had brought a polaroid camera to give them a copy of the pics, especially for the beautiful kids.

All the best,

Warren J. Devalier

President

Interface Inc.
©2016

 

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village sculpture to ward off evil spirits; there is also a bit of Freudian reference here (coital)

 

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Muay Thai

June 24th, 2016 | Posts By Devalier | Filed in: Culture

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I used to box in high school and university and have a special admiration for Thai kickboxing, or Muay Thai, sometimes referred to as the martial art of eight limbs, the fighter’s entire body simulating weapons of war.

These kickboxers are light(40-60 kilos), muscular, and amazingly fast, fighting with hands, feet, knees and elbows.

The martial art traces back to the 16th century and was made famous in 1767 when the legendary fighter Nai Khanomtom won freedom in hand-to-hand combat with his Burmese captors. Part of the attractiveness of watching Muay Thai includes the ritual preceding each bout, when fighters enter and parade around the ring wearing colorful armbands and Mongkol, a decorative headband meaning holy spirit, luck and protection.

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All the best,

Warren J. Devalier
President,
Interface Inc.

©2016

La Riviera

June 10th, 2016 | Posts By Devalier | Filed in: Culture

If you are ever looking for ideas to enjoy a luscious vacation, consider the fabulous Riviera, on the French side to include Antibes; on the Italian side to include San Remo, Portofino and Cinque Terre. Enjoy these photos I shot this spring around Nice and towards the Italian border.

 

All the best,

Warren J. Devalier

President

Interface Inc.


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The Sea

The Red Villa

Promenade Anglais Nice

Paloma Beach, east of Nice

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La Conchiglia

Eye of the Needle

Evening Shadows in Nice