Huai Tong Kor village was established over 200 hundred years ago, named after “Tong Kor” a palm leaf which is used as natural roofing. Today, the people continue to live a simple, calm life guided by their Karen traditions.
The villagers practice a combination of rotation and terraced paddy farming, as well as raising animals. Water is plentiful and villagers use traditional “Mueng Fai” methods for managing water and irrigating the rice fields. This is a system of tiny canals, through which farmers and control water on its way to the fields. The system is built by hand, with the help of all villagers.
Because of Huai Tong Kor’s distance from the main road, the community has remained almost entirely self-sufficient, offering a very authentic insight into traditional Karen life. A village blacksmith still uses bellows, anvil and hammer to craft scythes used for harvesting rice, local women weave their own cloths, and the community herbalist is consulted for a remedy if villagers become ill.
Huai Tong Kor is a great location for challenging jungle trekking. Nature lovers can climb to the Peak of Ghost Mountain, visit a waterfall 4 km’s from the village, and enjoy crossings on a trek back to Mae Hong Son.