It wasn’t until the morning we left Mae Hong Son that I picked up some famed alawaa, Shan sweets, for Pam and Mom to try. Pam liked the plain alawaa the best while Mom’s favorite was in line with mine, the alawaa jung. They also tried the peng mong and the suay thamin, but the alawaas were the clear winner.
We slowly made our way to Khun Yuam. Stopping to buy some roasted beans and popcorn at a roadside setup where women roast assorted bean in hot sand.
I was still unwell and was bummed to miss the BBQ chicken at my favorite place in Khun Yuam. Unfortunately I stayed sick, with very little appetite until we returned to Chiang Mai, over 10 days in total. I did not have a good time in the village because I felt so crummy and was feeling bad for not being a good host as well. However, I fulfilled my role as trip photographer so here is a photo essay of our stay in the village,
Husking and winnowing rice for dinner.
Tee and Mom preparing morning glory and long beans for dinner.
Our first day in the village Tee had to go back to Khun Yuam to get a rabies shot. He’d gotten bit by a dog in Mae Hong Son, luckily it was a small scrape and Tee seemed relatively unfazed by the whole ordeal (having 3 dogs rush him from behind, he somehow pushed them off with his bag), but now he has a rabies shot schedule to follow. While he was away for the morning I took Pam and Mom out to see some of the families rice fields.
Tee and his Mom cutting and cooking lunch. Lemongrass fish soup, very flavorful and a cucumber-like soup, very bland. Salted fish that are then fried, are one of my favorite and I affectionately call it fish bacon.
Tee napping under the house beneath his newspaper fly guard.
Mom and Pam touring the village after a tour of Tee’s Aunt’s new house, betel nut drying in the sun next to a dragon fruit plant, visiting the Catholic church in the village.
Tee’s and Mom preparing greens for dinner.
Tee and Mom out picking birds eye chilies.
Small bats and birds get caught in the nets that protect the crops, they all become part of a meal.
Tee’s Mom gifted Mom and Pam Karen bags woven by the woman across the way.
Tee asked us if we wanted fresh coconut juice….YES….we did. He fetched this loooooooong pole with a hook at the end to pull down the green coconuts. This way you don’t have to climb the trees. The juice was great, natures rehydration solution, and it made me feel a bit better.
Returning from checking the crop nets for accidental by-catch, birds and bats .
On the last morning in the village, New Years Day, Tee drove to pick up his Grandma early in the morning so we could see her before we left. His Grandma is probably my favorite person in his family, she always is happy to see us and has a very sweet energy about her.