Tribes dwelling at higher elevations are collectively termed “Laothung”. One of theses tribes are called Laokattuk, and their village is one among the hundreds of tribal villages in Laos. These people have different customs and language from the Laolum, which is mainstream ethnic group in Laos. Laothung customs include burial while most of Lao cremate dead bodies after funeral rites. Groups of tour agency cars are easily seen in front of this village, waiting for tourists to shepherd tourists in, known as the “coffin-making village”.
Everywhere you go, you will be greeted by children with bright and innocent smiles. Probably, this village does not have many tourists, as they were amazed to see cameras but did not ask for anything like some in other villages.
There is a wooden coffin under the house as in the picture shown above. They no longer to make coffins with wood any more but use cement.
Many houses are built by employing thin wooden boards and resemble the one in the picture, throughout rural Laos.
Women gathered and smoking under the house. The taste of the “tobacco” is rather unusual. They allowed me to take a photo without any hesitation.
Girls start to help with housework from a very young age. These girls in the photo are on the way back home from the bush outskirts of the village to bring some sorts of fruit or herbs. It is impressive that they can carry quite heavy loads in sacks on their back. Women, whether they are young or old, are in charge of the household like in other villages. For that reason, they have more power to make decisions than the men.