Hmong hill tribe

During our stay in Chiang Mai we took a few trips to the surrounding areas. One of these was a trip to the holy site of Doi Suthep. A shining temple on the mountain side.

On route to the temple we spent some time at a nearby Flower Hmong hill tribe village. The Hmong can be found in several countries but are believed to originate from Southern China.

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The village was pristinely manicured – not sure if the people really live there or whether it’s just a tourist pit stop.

Either way it was incredibly pretty with water falls, immaculate flower beds and colourfully dressed villagers.

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Wooden huts cling to the hill side and Neil tries to sneak into one unnoticed.

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Although it looks bright and sunny, it’s actually quite nippy! Neil heads off in search of a hot coffee and they wheel out a pot of hot coals for him to toast himself on.

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Meanwhile I slope off to the labyrinth of market stalls and take snaps of the colourful Hmong women (although I suspect the two girls below may well be tourists!)

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Of course, the obligatory markets were calling me . . . . here’s a few snapshots in case you feared I was losing my love for them . . .

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The older woman in the middle is one of the villagers, wearing the gorgeous traditional costume of the Flower Hmong tribe.

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It is characterised with the use of many striking colours, embroidery, beaded fringing and silver jewellery. All culminating in an incredible display of vibrant colour, pattern and texture.

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