“on our 3rd day here in pai we ventured out on a trek. after seeing all the places in chiang mai we were getting kinda picky. we didn’t want to just take a truck and get dropped off at the village and then turn around and get back on the truck. thats’ what most of tours looked like. we found a local guide named toil that seemed pretty cool – he caught our attention right away.
so we signed up for a 3 day 2 night trek, 1 night in a karen village the other camping in the jungle. we lucked out with just 1 other couple with us, vs the other treks who would go with around 15 people.
so we hopped in the back of toils truck and ventured off. our first stop, the tourist police. toil gave them photo copies of our passports and informed them where we were off to. then the head police guy comes out to us in the truck and gives us almost a farewell speech, it was crazy. he pretty much said be safe its dangerous out there, our lives are in toils hands so respect him, and then finished it off with saying he hopes we return.
wow, you should have seen all of our faces. what had we gotten ourselves into ?!?! (later, at the end of course, toil tells us he’s never had the guy say that before and it even gave him the shivers! but here we are, safe and sound… )
so, we drove 45 minutes northwest and then off the main road up a fairly bumpy dirt road – pretty much reminded me of the indiana jones ride at disneyland…grasping on the handlebars as ventured up. we arrived at a lahu village.
all these ‘hill tribe’ villages are migrants from burma and china from hundreds of years past. each has their own language dialect and culture. we were greeted by two guys, as well as puppies, pigs, cows, and chickens, all roaming around. we were also greeted by a local guy, named mong, who was to serve as our guide.
stay tuned and we’ll tell you all about the trek….”