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by SumTingWong

In Thailand it is common and acceptable to give children you see small gifts. It is not expected or anything, but don't let the kids in hilltribe villages overwhelm you. There is a big difference from giving gifts to hosts in a Thai village, as opposed to giving gifts while on a trek in hilltribe villages. In fact the hilltribe villages have been quite corrupted through all these gifts, which now is very common and acceptable.

Good things to bring are some pens, stickers, and some paper. Balloons are not great to bring (I know through experience) because they are not environmentally friedly and can be dangerous around little kids.

Note: do not let the kids overwhelm you, yes, they seem so sweet and needy, but many times giving these small little gifts hurts more than it helps. The best thing you can do is to donate school supplies to the local village school. Another awesome thing to do is if you have a digital camera take the kids' picture and then show them it.

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  • Written Jun 14, 2003
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