Akhu woman. She
belongs to a
hill tribe minority found near Kengtung in
This tribe is not to be confused with the
of whom they are generally
considered to be a sub-group. Since they have evolved in small communities in an
isolated valley for generations they have developed their own unique language
and dress. Since many, including the women of this tribe, are famous for
chain-smoking tobacco in bamboo pipes they are nicknamed the Bamboo Pipe People.
See also TRAVEL.