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January 30, 2004
We all washed (yes, the girls, too) in the river. And then headed up to the Lahu village, which was a more wealthy village with a paved road.
Dinner was red and green curries, and soup. We had another campfire and chatted some more. Friends we had made in Chiang Mai, who had a private tour group of four, came to visit! They lived in a hut about 10 minutes away. It was a pure coincidence seeing them.
The next morning, we went on an elephant ride. It was scary because there was a lack of elephants, so some of us had to sit on the head of the elephant where the mahout usually sits.
An hour later, we went back to the minibus and then headed to the Chiang Dao Cave! We went to a cave exploration for an hour and then had lunch. It was scary and stuffy in the cave. We saw a huge spider and lots of cool rock formations. It would have been nice if we had a guide who explained to us what the formations were. Then it was the three-hour ride home.
From journal Northern Thailand
We started in Chiang Mai, drove northward, and arrived three hours later. We then walked 1.5 hours to a waterfall to have our lunch (fried rice). The walk included steep uphill climbs and flat narrow strips within the bamboo forest, crossing streams or rivers using bamboo or wooden planks. We walked another 2.5 hours to get to our Lisu village. We spent our first night there. We, the girls, walked around the village first, while the boys just went to play soccer at the school playground. The soccer field was a very simple modest one. The goals consisted of crude poles. After soccer game, the guys went to take a shower in the freezing cold river.
We used clean wipes the first night to clean ourselves. We had chicken green curry, and a sweet and sour chicken dish, with some kind of clear soup. It was so cold at night that everything tasted so good. We were famished and cleaned the whole table. Afterwards, we participated in a small night market where the tribal children came to us with merchandise they made. We were sort of pressured into buying stuff. Later that night, we gathered around the campfire and the children sang to us. It was really nice. After the concert ended, the fellowship continued. We just chatted about random things and bonded.
by world designer
Rancho Santa Fe, California
November 30, 2000
From journal Chiangmai- Thailands mountain community