Today we visited a long neck tribe about one and a half hours away from our hotel. Along the way we stopped to photograph some workers in a rice field, pulling up seedlings and replanting them. The action was fast and furious. Everyone got some great, up close images, and no one fell into the water!
Meeting, observing and photographing The Karen Long Neck tribe is always an amazing experience, and today was particularly good because the lighting conditions were ideal. Overcast skies, the shade provided by the bamboo and thatch market stalls, combined with nice, warm, bounce light coming off of the dirt floors, gave our pictures a wonderful "glow".
After visiting the long neck tribe we headed to the Burmese border at Tachilek, where we crossed through immigration and spent a few hours photographing a local market and a large hill top pagoda. Tomorrow we head down to Chaing Khong and then cross the Mekong to Huai Sai, Laos, and pick up our boat to Pak Beng.
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