Peter Nelson’s travels – Jungle village, northern Thailand, part 2
by Peter Nelson
We only stayed in this village a week or so, and unfortunately, unlike in my other jungle travels, we never really connected with the villagers here. In fact, we never even found out the name of the place. Most likely, it was because we were a group of foreign visitors, and tended to hang out together, rather than mixing with the locals. I imagine, if I’d been traveling alone, they would have adopted me, as happened so often in South America. But we also never learned any of their language. They were friendly enough — fed us, gave us a vacant hut to sleep in, took us for hikes into the jungle, etc. They even invited us to the group hut where they smoked opium every evening. We declined.