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In the morning, we enjoyed a breakfast of coffee, toast, and a hard-boiled egg. At one of the bamboo huts, Akha women bartered some of their unique handicrafts. I bought one of the wide leather belts which included the two sashes for twenty Baht (80 cents U.S.) The colorful sashes were decorated with two five-Baht coins so I guess the total cost was forty cents!
Our trek continued far down the valley into a larger village of more durable houses built of teak or bamboo, standing on stilts. Women, brightly dressed in red and blue, spun wool and worked looms. A truck shuttled us back to where we boarded the boats and after a hearty lunch, back to Chaing Mai. Chris and I checked back into the Chaing Man Guest House while Dave headed for Ko Samui to catch up with Jim and Horace.
The next day, we went to the annual Umbrella Festival in Bo Sang, a village near Chaing Mai, where the parasols were hand-crafted. Fans and umbrellas of silk, cotton, or mulberry paper were painted in bold brilliant colors. Poised in elegant charm, a parade of beautiful Thai girls passed on bicycles in the annual beauty contest, vying for Miss Umbrella.
After picking up our passports, freshly stamped with visas for India, we took the overnight bus back to Bangkok.