in a sawngtaew
From Mae Sot I wanted to go to Lampang
but when I was on a minibus to Tak I met a Thai guy, a 28 years old technician (his profession) and musician (hobby) who after 30minutes of our conversation invited me to his village, located some 70km north of Tak....Well, why not I thought and thereafter agreed. Once we arrived to Tak's bus terminal he bought few beers for the next journey (ups, it was at 11am) and then catched a sawngtaew to an intersection from where we had to hitchhike for the next 30 km as there was no public transportation to his 2,500 inhabitant village....When we got there he took me to few wooden houses belonging to his family members and friends (all being farmers) where I was introduced and offered a refreshement.
Then we went to his house where I left my backpack and while I was thinking "what are we going to do here" he shouted: "Let's go shooting". So, we hopped on on his motorcycle and drove to a dam where the shooting was taking place....:-) There were two guys dressed in khaki-coloured uniforms loading a gun.....but what a gun!!! It was a pretty long hand-made rifle and, believe me or not, it had to be manually loaded like in medieval times...just fantastic. When I was about to take a shot I only prayed for the rifle not to explode in my hands....And luckily for me it didn't explode and from the two shots I had I once hit the target marked on a tree some 20 m away...Later we had a dinner with his friends, and we ate on the floor because this is how it is done there, sometimes we ate with hands because there was no cutlery at hand, we drank beers and Thai whisky.
no comment :-)
...and if we felt we had too much alcohol we drank rain water because this was the purest form you could get over there. During that little feast I listened to Thai folk music as Kwaeng played guitar and guys were singing....At about 11pm it was time to rest and my bed was a little mattrace on a floor at their kitchen-and-living room next to Kwaeng. I was bit afraid of mosquitos because there was no screening at all but luckily they didn't come....Kwaeng also confirmed there was no risk of malaria....
The next day we woke up at around 8am but I was quite tired because I didn't sleep much due to all the noises dogs and cocks were making all the night. Anyway, we went to the local market to buy some food for breakfest and then Kwaeng started to cook and when we finished eating we had another meal waiting for us - this time from his mother's pan :-).
Being full after breakfest we went to the opposite house were we had a do-it-yourself ice cream....There was a block of ice at hand, we had to grate some pieces into a bowl, mix it with some flavoured syrops and caramel,, and the ice-cream was ready....The afternoon we spent on fishing at the nearby dam. I didn't catch any fish but Kwaeng got three and his friend one, just enough for a fish soup, being served as one of few courses during the dinner...Again after some eating, drinking and music during the dinner we went (understand: drove motorcycles because there's nothing like walking in Thailand :-) to his friend's house to play football on Playstation, no kidding :-)....Of course, one of the teams had to be Czech Republic and guys were quite familiar with names like Cech, Rosicky, Nedved, Baros...:-)...The third day in morning Kwaeng drove me some 30km on a motorcycle to Tak-Lampang highway from where I flagged down a bus going directly do Chiang Mai... It was a very nice experience not only for me but I thinkg also for the villagers because I was told I was the first foreigner visiting their village and all Kwaeng's friends as well as his parents told me to come again next year...