The Maller Family Travel Gazette:
Thailand, The Land of Smiles

July 13: Hilltribes, Golden Triangle and South to Chiang Mai

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Late yesterday we went for an interesting boatride on the Mekong River (yes, that Mekong River) where we went all the way up to the Myanmar border and we visited an opium museum. The Mekong is as brown as you would imagine Willy Wonka's river would be, but instead of chocolate, it flows through eight countries with the mud of 4800 kilometers of erosion, garbage, and an occasional tree carcass. We also visited a Li Tzu hilltribe village, which (as we cautioned in yesterday's dispatch) had been homogenized by the Christian missionaries and Thai government and had lost all of its uniqueness. The people there looked like any other poor provincial Thai farming village. The main difference is the prominent christian church in the middle of town. What a shame. We then hit the road, and as I write this, we are about 100km north of Chiang Mai. Kind of a quiet day after yesterday's thrilling adventures.

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