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….

Just a short airplane ride from Manila and you’re on Palawan, the best island in Philippines (won two years in a row, as the locals proudly say). It’s small and friendly and right now there’s a big Christmas fair going on. Food stalls with sea food, drinks and souvenirs. Enormous Christmas tree made from big lights starts shining just before the sunset so the view is just surreal. I’ve never spent Christmas withouta warm coat and hot wine so this years Christmas spirit is so different. Beer and…

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…