The Akha originated in Yunnan province (China), and have steadily migrated South-west into Laos, Myanmar and Thailand over the years. There are a number of sub-tribes, of whom the Lomee and Ulo are predominant in this area.
Both the Pa Ka Yaw (Karen) and the Lahu hilltribes have a tradition of weaving on handlooms. Dyes made from natural materials are used to colour the yarn
Day treks can be hard work, but don't worry, as our guides choose an appropriate route, and can adapt along the way if necessary. It's all worth the effort when you see the views and learn about hilltribe cultures and lifestyle.
Immerse yourself in hilltribe culture and learn about the traditions and daily life, by staying overnight in one of the local villages. Living it yourself gives you a better understanding, and it's fun too!
The Karen tribe, specifically the Pa Ka Yaw in this region, hail originally from Myanmar. Most fled to Thailand over the decades since civil war erupted in the late 1940s, which continues to this day. The Pa Ka Yaw have a long tradition of weaving, and a close relationship with elephants
The Lahu are a very quiet and reserved people, very shy. This comes from their tradition of being hunter-gatherers - you don't want to make much noise when hunting your prey
The No Trekking! programmes concentrate on craft learning - bamboo or weaving. There's a bit of walking involved, but you're not yomping through the jungle in all kinds of weather. Very relaxed. very sedate.