The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe who live in small villages at higher elevations in the mountains of Thailand, Burma, Laos, and Yunnan Province in China. They made their way from China into Southeast Asia during the early 1900s. Civil war in Burma and Laos resulted in an increased flow of Akha immigrants and there are now some 80,000 living in Thailand’s northern provinces of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai where they constitute one of the largest of the hill tribes. tribe tribal village house akha indigenous culture native hill ethnic minority mountain laos tradition traditional landscape countryside country rural asia nature calm quite tranquil peaceful easy home slum horse unpaved road settlement wooden wood cattle primitive underdeveloped unimproved town developing poor poverty animal agriculture villager peasant farmer thailand china vietnam asian shack ghetto primitive people agriculture two man carry baby kid child girl female village man silver costume jewelry necklace clothes dress clothing clan people animal husbandry livestock breeding. Many of their villages can be visited by tourists on trekking tours from either of these cities. The Akha speak Akha, a language in the Loloish branch of the Tibeto-Burman family. The Akha language is closely related to Lisu and it is thought that the Akha once belonged to the Lolo hunter tribes people who once ruled the Baoshan and Tengchong plains in Yunnan before the invasion of the Ming Dynasty in 1644. carry, water, back, bamboo, stick, indigenous tribal native Akha woman carry water in bamboo stick. They don’t have pipeline or tap water in their hill village, they need to transport water at their back.