Photographer's Note

The photo was taken in Kanchanaburi which is a province along the Myanmar border in the West some 130 kilometers from Bangkok. The attractions of Kanchanaburi are the historic railway bridge built by the Japanese during WW II, scenic Kwae Yai and Kwae Noir Rivers, cave shrines, Buddhist monasteries, hill tribe villages. The girl comes from the tribe called MON which consists of refuges from Burma who live in very basic and pure conditions but still are enjoying life. The forefathers of the Mon tribe moved to Ratchaburi during the first Rattanakosin period and lived beside the Mae Klong River . Even now ,they continue to follow their old tradition of paying respect to the household spirits, and the spirits of their ancestors. They are also very serious about their Buddhist religion, believing that they were the first race to bring Buddhism from India.

The Mon's most important ceremony is called "Songkran Cho Mon" or "Mon New Year", and is usually held about one week after Thai Songkran. They have many interesting games, most notably "Mon Saba" which is a pitch-and-toss game. I think it is wonderful to know such great culture and these friendly people who do not have much but still are very open and ready to invite You for tea.

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