Misty village where we slept the first night of our trekking Luang Namtha.

Weather forecast said rain, rain, rain but we still decided to do a 3 day trek around Luang Namtha. Some agencies are really expensive (around 120 $/day for two) but we bargained for 50 $/day for two at Nature Trail Eco agency which had the best prices for trekking Luang Namtha. We started the day after a stormy night with a long jeep ride to a village, where you can also stay (and probably do the trek much cheaper) but I forgot the name. It was wet and muddy….

Little girl posing for us around Mae Salong villages, north Thailand.

In the mornings buses of tourists visit the small town of Mae Salong, former opium capital of northern Thailand. In the afternoon there is only a few of us left, eating in the local eateries serving Chinese food. There is unlimited green tea, nice mushrooms to try and dry fruit.   We decided against renting a motorbike (although it’s cheap: 200 B) and do the 16 km circle on foot. It was hot but the path (road) is shady enough. We walked through tribe villages of Akha and Lahu….

Don’t know if you’ve noticed but there’s a short Nepal guidebook on our site. You can read it for free here. Nepal’s mountains are one of the most beautiful sights we’ve laid eyes on and even country’s slogan ‘Once is not enough’ will tell you that this is a country to visit. Couple of tips won’t hurt 🙂    

View of the morning clouds that are stuck in the valley. Hsipaw trekking.

You can read about the first and second part of our Hsipaw trekking. Because of the heavy rain at night we decided to spend one more day in this village, rest our sore legst and wait for the trail to dry. Just beside the monastery there is a 300-years old complex of pagodas which is just amazing. Imagine to have a miniature Bagan just for yourself, in the middle of nowhere! 500m away there is a small hill with big white pagoda where the main monk lives. It’s also a…

This is our second part of Hsipaw trekking. You can read the first one here. We ate black bees for dinner. Whaaaaat? Yes. With dinner of rice and a big bowl of soup from which everyone eats came the bees. Big black poisonous bees with larvae! They are some kind of a specialty and we were lucky to try them. I tried one of each and that was enough for me (the taste was ok but sight of the bees was scary!). Definitely the strangest dish of our Hsipaw…

We rented a motorbike (12.000 MMK or 10 eur, gas 1 l for 1000 MMK or 0,8 eur) and went on the roads of Mandalay. We saw the Gold Pounder’s district where they make gold leaves to put on the Buddha statues for good luck. And then we wanted to see the old capital of Inwa. But first thing’s first. Mic needed a haircut and a shave to avoid the production of those curls. We found a salon where we spent more than an hour (?!). He was…

The only water supply are little streams or rivers. Showering in the nature. Read more on tips and tricks for Siberut trekking in the post.

I’ve written about our Mentawai experience but now I’ll share some information about the actual jungle trek, guides and money. Tips and tricks on Siberut trekking 1. How to get there? To Padang you can come by a plane, usually from Jakarta. Buses, waiting in front, are very cheap and take you from the airport to the city. To way to the island of Siberut is more tricky. Ferries drive are quite dependent on the weather but you can see the schedule on the picture below. Taxi from…

One of the younger kids of a 60-year old shaman we stayed at. Siberut trekking.

Healing the Shaman or how pigs follow you to the toilet Siberut trekking. Our last host on our Siberut trekking was a Shaman who was present at the ceremony, and his family. It was a shorter trek in the jungle and we had to cross the river, so not many people visit him. We wanted some peace anyway. We came and we were greeted by 6 kids, Masin Dere is over 60 and has 10 children, 5 with his first, deceased wife and 5 with his second one. The…

Living in the jungle or when a tampon applicator goes missing. Siberut trekking. We trekked for 5 hours in the jungle to get to our next stop. It was the trickiest part of our Siberut trekking. Very slippery, muddy and sometimes the ground looks ok but then you can be in the mud to your knee in a second. All the way there are skinny logs on the floor to walk on them, but only locals know how to walk on that, balancing like ballerinas. Did I mention…

Skulls are a common ornament in shaman's houses. The more he has, a better hunter he is. Read more about our Siberut trekking.

Welcome to the jungle! Siberut trekking. Mentawai are a group of islands not far from Sumatra. And typical Mentawai people are as jungle as you would imagine. Almost naked, tribe tattoos all over their body and very distinct face features, living in raised wooden houses called uma, above the pigs and chickens. Having said that, there are villages formed and some have electricity, roads and mobile phones. Civilization is coming. For our Siberut trekking we found a nice guide in Padang called Levi (Mentawais call him Malei) who…