In the north of Thailand, there is a collection of minority groups that are called the Hill Tribes. Many of these live a subsistence life with no modern conveniences and little food. Some are refugees from neighboring countries and don’t even speak Thai or have Thai citizenship.

On this page, you see pictures from the Lahu Hill Tribe village of Pangtong. The people there are farmers, planting rice, soybean, corn, and fruit like mango, banana, etc. This group is too remote to get most government support. They have no electricity and get water from the ground that a generous donor has provided water filtration equipment for. Most of the children go to school in Pang Mayao village about 20 km. away.

Providing support

Fortunately there are kind people that come up into these areas and give what they can collect to help them out. Some of us at The Coolwater contribute money and items to this cause. We would be delighted if you wanted to magnify our efforts with your own contribution.

pack for a purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects we support in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click the logo above to see what supplies are needed for our projects.

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Pat Styles

I am director of The Coolwater Resort in Phuket, Thailand. However I spent most of my life as a software engineer working for a very large company in Redmond, Washington. Now I live with my wife in beautiful Chiang Mai near the mountains while still dabbling in the computer industry when I have the time.