The Palong

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  1. DavidFL

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    February 92 & 3 weddings on one day in day Pha Daeng, east of Chiang Dao.

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    the reason for the weddings - a third of the men had been arrested to trespassing in the forest & were in jail.
    It was unclear how long they would be in jail for.
    So there was an urgent need for more young men in the village to help farming & looking after families.
    3 young men (boys of 16+) were brought in from west of Fang - Nor Lae, to marry into the village.
    I was fortunate enough to get invited to the triple weddings.
    Thank you to the Palong of Pha Daeng.
    This was another unique experience.

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    But who are the Palong?

    The Palong are a tribe who came from Burma only in the early 1980s, fleeing the conflict between Khun Sa's army & the Burmese army.
    In the conflict several villages - a whole valley - were supposedly completely massacred for refusing to get involved & be porters for one of the sides.

    Today there are only a few Palong villages in North Thailand, with most of them west of Fang.

    Nor Lae is the biggest

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    Nor Lae 1994

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    Nor Lae 2001

    followed by Huay Mak Liam; Suan Cha is another near Fang, then east of Chiang Dao there are maybe 3 villages.

    The Chiang Dao villages have had a particularly hard time, suffering arrest & persecution from government authorities trying to move them out & take their land in the 1990s.
    Their area is relative stable now & is a popular trekking / day trip destination from Chiang Mai.
    I was fortunate enough to witness a triple wedding there in Feb 1992.

    https://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/38535-The-Palong

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    Some notes Ive turned up
    You can read more about the troubles at Pha Daeng here

    I hope some of you enjoyed a bit of history. Sometimes it makes the ride more interesting.
     
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    #3 DavidFL, Nov 21, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2020
    April 1982 & the first Palong came across the border at Doi Ang Khang, fleeing the fighting in Myanmar.

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    More Doi Ang Khang golden oldies here
    Doi Ang Khang
     
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    Amazing report. Thank you.
     
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    Great Stuff David, And Such a Story so Recent in History. What an Amazing part of the World We live in!
     
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    With the Palong at Doi Ang Khang royal project.

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    #7 DavidFL, Mar 8, 2020
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    Palong East of Chiang Dao . December 1990.


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    Thank you, David. I really enjoy learning more about the journey of the people of the North.
    The photo’s are great, and speak more than 1,000 words each.
     
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    2001 at Nor Lae

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    Marc Dumur who was managing the resort at Doi Ang Khang got a young guides project going for the kids to practice English & talk to tourists

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    On the Nor Lae road the same day
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    Late 1980s -east of Chiang Dao

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    Thanks, David - Great thread.
     

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