The Akha tribe in Laos: Between tradition and modernity

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The Akha people are an indigenous tribe living in small villages at higher elevations in the mountains of Thailand, Burma, Laos, and the Yunnan province in China.

There are now more than 80,000 people living in Thailand’s provinces, consisting one of the largest of the hill tribes.

Many of the villages of Akha people are accessible by trekking tours for tourists. But because of the tourists, and the Western modes of capitalism, attempts to continue the traditional aspect of living are becoming increasingly difficult.

However, they still practice some of their traditions. Their society lacks a strict system of social class, and is considered egalitarian.

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