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┬áChinese 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….

It was actually pretty easy. We bought tickets for Rs 600 few days 2 days before, the train was on time, we got our reserved seats. One of the most beautiful sights in Sri Lanka is supposed to be the train ride from Kandy to Ella. And it was. Green everywhere! Train was really comfortable with plenty of room between the rows. One thing we didn’t anticipate was the lack of food vendors. Thank Eddard Stark we had lots of fruit, avocado and crackers! ­čÖé I can see…