Ban Jabo Village, Chiang Mai Thailand #SMSnotes


Ban Jabo Village
Visiting a Black Lahu village provides an opportunity to learn about their traditional way of life, cultural practices, and the challenges they face in preserving their heritage. It is important to approach such visits with respect, cultural sensitivity, and an appreciation for the customs and beliefs of the community.

Noodle Soup House Ban Jabo
Very popular roadside restaurant with great views and atmosphere. The soup was tasty and inexpensive (50 baht). Little odd that the attached coffee shop was closed at 10:30. I liked the seating on the floor with your feet hanging off the side. Definately worth the stop.


Ban Jabo is a Black Lahu village in Mae Hong Son. Long known for its spectacular view, it is more recently famous for Jabo Noodle – a restaurant with floor-seating where you may dangle your legs over the edge an immerse yourself in the mountain views.

A Black Lahu village refers to a community or settlement predominantly inhabited by the Black Lahu ethnic group. The Black Lahu people are an indigenous ethnic group primarily found in the mountainous regions of northern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and China. They are part of the larger Lahu ethnic group, which consists of various subgroups with distinct cultural characteristics.

Black Lahu villages typically feature traditional Lahu architecture and are often located in remote and mountainous areas. The houses in these villages are typically built on stilts, with thatched roofs and bamboo or wooden walls. The villagers engage in subsistence farming, cultivating crops such as rice, corn, and vegetables. They also practice hunting, gathering, and raising livestock as part of their livelihoods.

The Black Lahu people have their own unique language, customs, and cultural traditions. Their traditional clothing includes distinctive handmade textiles and intricate embroidery. They have a rich heritage of music, dance, and storytelling, often incorporating traditional instruments such as bamboo flutes and stringed instruments.

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