In Myanmar, near the borders of China and Thailand is the great state Shan. The administrative state is actually an impressive mess where countless different ethnicities spread the fertile farmland.
Touring the mountains and valleys, one can find antagonisms such as stopping at an animist village that shares a neighborhood with another Buddhist, to see another Christian within 200 meters. This clear example of diversity is a real fact that happened to us while we were hiking through the mountains that surround the population of Kengtung.
We use Kengtung as a base of operations to explore this region of forests and gentle mountains where rice field terraces are dotted with small villages of An, Palaung, Akha and others.
From there we made two routes of several hours in which we would know more about the culture of these Burmese, so physically similar but so diverse despite the closeness between them.
The day began with some solidarity. The first stop of any hiking route in Kengtung should always be in the city market.