Photographer's Note

That morning, we visited the Holan village in the hills of the Golden Triangle close to Kyaing Tung. The local people are called Akkun.

We found our young guide - Chileng - in our guest house two days before. The first day we spent with him was so interesting that we decided to make a new visit of the small village around with him. He's teaching english and Shan litterature at the Kyaing Tung university and could speak various local dialects since his father used to brought him very soon in all these hill tribes villages around. He taught us many things about these tribes and each time we entered a house and spent some time with a family for a tea, to share some rice alcool or a lunch, he translated our questions, their replies. We laughed a lot especially in this Akkun house since the husband of that blue eye woman was really funny.

She made us visit their house and we could see how they dry the bamboo objects they craft over the oven, what they cook, where they sleep in their huge bamboo house. The house was located in a 20 long houses village on a steep hill slope with a wild river few hundreds meters below.

That woman was very kind, nicely smiling at us and offered us spicy sticky rice together with small nuts while here husband got out of the house the traditionnal rice alcool offered to us in each village we visited. He tried to convince us that his special receipe (the alcool was stuffed with stange herbs...and hopefully nothing more dangerous...) was good for health, for strength, for fertility, for vision. He explained us that after few drinks his vision was enhanced and could see very far, especially other women from the village. But then it made him remember that his wife was the most beautiful.

We really had a great time with them. They were very kind and so smiling...

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