Break from normal programming...in late January 2012 the cat went on a 3D2N trip with 20+ other people to an Akha friend's village & coffee farm in Chiangrai province.
Coffee Journey with Akha Ama to learn how this happens - the entire process from seed to cup:
A stranger busy filming the cat as it walked down Hussadhisawee Soi 3 towards Akha Ama Cafe...?? Turned out that a production crew was coming along to film a documentary for Thai PBS channel...a fortnight later another crew from Switzerland would be here for a similar purpose...
Ban Maejantai is somewhere up in the mountains of Chiangrai province, northeast of Phrao. Chartered songthaew would take the 20+ of us along the highway to Mae Tam, just north of Wiang Pa Pao. There we would switch to 3 twincabs for the 1.5+h climb on 30+KM of mostly unpaved dirt road up to the village.
The Chiangmai-Mae Khajan-Wiang Pa Pao songthaew:
Never knew songthaew came with any sort of load or passenger limit but the capacity is painted there just left of the tail light - 1800 KG, seat 12 pax, stand " - " pax...when we all know it is minimum 4 pax standing/clinging on in reality ;)
Familiar Mae Khajan landmark - midpoint marker for all the Chiangmai-Chiangrai journeys:
New rice yet to be transplanted:
Lunch stop at a place in Wiang Pa Pao known for its fish kuaytiao:
Kao Lao Leuat Muu? What has pig's blood got to do with fish kuaytiao...?