thomas m wilson

Karen Village Life

November 26th, 2016


The north-west corner of Thailand is the most sparsely populated corner of the country.  Mountains, forests and rivers, as far as the eye can see.  And sometimes a village.


This village is called Menora.  Its a Karen village, without electricity or running water.  Its very, very remote and not mapped on Google Maps.


Living out here is to live in a different world to the one most of us come from.


Animal sounds are a constant, with the low grunts of black pigs syncopating with each other and the twitter of tiny chicks in the background.  This little puppy welcomed me to the homestead.


In this village rice is hulled using human muscle power, not by a fossil fuel powered machine.

I spent some of the afternoon lying on my back on a wooden deck. The time pressures of life in the Thai highlands are unique.