| • Conservative and warm clothing (it is especially cold at night from October to March)
• Bottles of water (please remember to take them with you when leaving the village)
• Flashlight, preferably a head lamp
• Spare batteries (please remember to take them with you when leaving the village)
• Sleeping bag
|• Unscented soap and deodorant
• Mosquito repellent (preferably with at least 25% deet)
• Extra medication (such as anti-histamines, pain-killers, stomach medicine, etc.)
• Pictures of your family, friends, house or country (this is always a great way to break the ice with villagers)
• If you want to give gifts to your hosts or to children, please do not bring sweets. Better gifts are toothbrushes, toothpaste, fruits, toys, balls, pens or pencils.
|What to bring|
Most of the Hilltribes villages do not have electricity or running water in their houses. Also, we strongly recommend bringing conservative and warm clothes. From October to March, nights can be quite cold in Northern Thailand.
Besides your standard luggage, (don’t bring too much! And bring it in a backpack!) here is a short list of things we recommend to bring during your stay in a Hilltribe village:
• Bottles of water (please bring them back with you when leaving the village)
• If you want to give gifts to your hosts or to children, please do not bring sweets, as the people may not have toothbrushes. Indeed, bringing toothbrushes, toothpaste as well as fruits, toys, balls, pens and pencils could be very useful gifts. Buying local handicrafts from the adults of the village is also a good way to help the community.
• If you intend to take pictures of the villagers, after asking them their permission, we suggest that you ask their address or the address of the village leader so you can send the pictures to them by mail.
|Visiting a hilltribe village requires…|
|• Walking up steep hills and for long distances
• Going to the bathroom in the woods, instead of in a toilet
• Washing with cold water or not at all
• Eating a lot of rice and other traditional Thai food for all three meals
• Living without electricity and email
• Tolerating the company of ants, bugs, lizards or snakes
• Being surrounded by pigs, chickens and roosters that may wake you early in the morning
• Sleeping on the floor with many other people
Living standards in the villages are different from the ones of your daily life. But if you come with an open mind, it will be more than possible to enjoy your new surroundings.