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Karen (Long Neck) and Other Tribes in the North of Thailand

Русская версия After seeing the real Karen village, we set off to the tourist one. It is one of the multiple villages between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, with several sectors, each dedicated to a different tribe.
tribe village

Chiang Rai (Mae Hong Son Loop, Northern Thailand)

Русская версия After fixing the hole in the bike wheel in Ban Tha Ton we made it to Chiang Rai without any other adventures or stops. We found the backpackers’ hostel Akha River House we had booked easily (it was really bad though) and faced a new problem: where to change the money? A tourist in Thailand should remember that you are charged 200 bahts every time when you use an ATM and you might want to avoid it. Yet, it was the 1st of January, the holiday. The hostel administrator recommended to try Plaza Mall for the currency exchange; by the way, the guide books seriously recommend this mall as one of the attractions in Thailand.
Chiang Rai

Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) – our last capital in Central Asia

Русская версия Bishkek became the final part of our Central Asian trip in 2014. The city was very different from Tashkent and was more like Dushanbe, but, as in other Central Asian capitals it has a special atmosphere and very tasty food.

Chiang Dao – Karens tribe – Ban Yang (factory) – Doi Anghhang – Ban Tha Ton, or New Year in Thailand (Mae Hong Son loop, the north of Thailand)

Русская версия We are continuing to tell the story about the sights of northern Thailand accessible by bike along Mae Hong Son Loop. After visiting Pai and getting into the bike accident, we headed towards Chiang Rai. On the way, as it turned out, there were a lot of things to see.
In the morning, we started from Chiang Dao and turned away from out route to see the village of Karens tribe. You might remember that Karen tribe is also called the long-neck tribe, they as if wear rings on their necks and joints, which makes their necks and joints longer than usual people have. Yet, this whole story is a tourist fairy-tale: Karens are brought from Burma by local businessmen who then put rings on Karens and settle them in the zoo-type villages: tourists pay to visit them.

Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan). A guide for independent travelers

Русская версия To begin with, the main thing to know about Issyk-Kul is that it is divided into two sides: the northern, which is also more touristic, and the southern, wilder part.

Pai, Surroundings and Bike Accident (Northern Thailand)

Русская версия After visiting the Chinese village of Ban Rak Thai, on Mae Hong Son Loop of northern Thailand we planned to visit Pai. On the way, we stopped at several other tourist places, first of all, the Fish Cave.
Fish Cave