In the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to visit various sites and temples (also known as “wats”) in the Wiang Haeng district. The Wiang Haeng district is located in the north/northeastern part of Thailand, right along the Thai-Burmese border and is home to six different ethnic groups, each with their own distinct cultures, clothing, and language. As such, each temple is a unique blend of architectural styles and carries its own traditions.
My students and fellow teachers have been kind enough to take me on tours around the district and have provided further insight into their unique histories. Wiang Haeng is also located in a lush valley surrounded by forests and mountains – providing a peaceful environment and great hiking and running trails. One weekend, my student took me to visit Mae Hat Waterfall which is tucked behind a small Karen hill-tribe village. The Karen are known for their respect for the environment and have lived for centuries in harmony with nature. Click here to learn more about the Karen and their relationship with nature.
Here is a glimpse into some of the sights I have visited in the past few weeks!
If you are interested in volunteering and would like the chance to live at this location, check out the Wat Doi Saket project for all details!
Maria Moreno, on-site intern