Its the largest state in Burma and the majority speak Tai languages and had a very long relationship with the history, both cultural and political, of Northern Thailand. For our SSC members here who can speak Northern Thai, go there, its anthropologically interesting for you guys lol.
first we entered from Mae Sai (แม่สาย) in Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand into Tachilek (ท่าขี้เหล็ก) in Shan.
now in Shan
a Burmese monk,local Tai (Shanese) monks would wear the same colored robes as ours.
now in Tachilek
on our way from Tachilek to Mong Hpyaek (เมืองพแยก), a stop point between Tachilek and Chiang Tung
In Mong Hpyaek
Left Mong Hpyaek from a 3 hours ride to Chiang Tung เชียงตุง
The muddy river down below the cliffs is called Naam Taalüea, for Thai SSC members 'taalüea' in Shanese means 'taa maduea' ท่ามะเดื่อ in Thai (fig pier)
finally we arrived in Chiang Tung's administrative district
into Chiang Tung
we had 2 meals at this restaurant, Singha beer comes far into Chiang Tung hahaha:lol:
the golden tip shining on the back is a 2200ish years old stupa in Chiang Tung
Shan language, for those who live in Northern Thailand and have been a monk or have grandparents who can still read Kam Meaung they can read and understand it too, we had a guy who was a monk from Phayao with us on the trip and it was awesome cuz he could read signs and stuff.
inside the main chapel of a monastery
a peacock, an animal held sacred by Tai peoples outside of Thailand and Laos (in Yunnan and Shan mainly)
wall mural painting of the scene of the Mahaparinibbana
the statues of the Buddha in this chapel is different because none of them has an identical face
flower glass mirror
this is the aforementioned shining tip 2200ish years old stupa
Chiang Tung from the hill
more pictures to come