Learning with the Dara-ang people of Chiang Dao
This is short but packed program during which the student will learn about and interact with the Dara-Ang people who migrated to Thailand in the 1980s.
Meet the Dara-ang people of Chiang Dao
Introductory lecture before the tour
This trip is a two-day/one-night program that starts with a short introductory lecture of one and a half hour about the migration, recent history and current situation of the Dara-ang people in Chiang Dao district. There are four villages in the area of which we will visit three: Pang Daeng Nai, Mae Chon and Huay Pong. The lecture will take about one hour after which there is time for questions. The talk can take place in the hotel or guesthouse where the group is staying.
Day 1: Chiang Mai – Pang Daeng Nai – Mae Chon
Royal project and hike
We will depart from Chiang Mai at 0800 by local truck and drive to Chiang Dao district. We will first briefly visit the Lisu and Akha people who also live in this district. After a short explanation and demonstration of traditional dress, we will start our hike at the Dara-ang village Pang Daeng Nai. This village has a royal project office that we will visit.
Hike to Mae Chon village
The walk to Mae Chon takes about an hour. After our arrival, there are several activities such as traditional weaving, helping to prepare dinner and pounding rice. The village shaman welcomes us with a ceremony. After dinner, there will be language lessons, fun games and cultural exchange with young people from the village.
Day 2: Mae Chon – Huay Pong – Chiang Mai
We will go into the fields!
After breakfast, we will meet with local people in a question and answer session. Next, we will go into the field where we will work for an hour. The activity depends on the season, but it could be tree planting, corn planting or corn harvesting. After a visit the local church and Buddhist temple, we will walk for an hour to Huay Pong, a village where Dara-ang and Red Lahu people are living together. At the house of Lung Keng, we have lunch after which we will take half an hour to evaluate the trip.Finally, we will visit a blacksmith workshop and a very interesting Lahu spirit temple. Then it is time to drive back to Chiang Mai.