central highlands - easy rider tour day 5


Nearing the end of our Central Highlands trip we frequently took breaks from the bikes (we were all getting serious “numb bum” at this point) to explore more of the unique localities we were passing. Pictured above are scenes from day 5 of the trip including a traditional Rong community house belonging to the Katu minority ethnic group. The Katu comprise around 40,000 slash-and-burn rice farmers and cassava and maize cultivators living along the Laos-Vietnam border. Outsiders actually dubbed the group its name Katu which means “savage” in the local dialect. Historically they practice some unusual customs including buffalo sacrifice, ritual masks and above-ground burial of the dead.