After my quick trip to Mae Hong Son, it seemed like a shame to head straight back to Chiang Mai and bypass my friends, Caroline and Robert, who had recently settled near Soppong. So I stopped in Baan Tham Lod for an even quicker 2 day visit with them! They are loving their life in this quiet village between Pai and Mae Hong Son and will be returning here after the burning season. We didn’t do a whole lot besides play catch up, eat, and go on an awesome garden tour.
While meeting up in Soppong at the Tuesday market we met another expat living in the area whose wife has a garden that is well known in the area. Seeing as this is a small town we were invited out for a visit the next day. It was nice to practice my Thai as we went through the fruit orchard and vegetable garden and it was fun to see some classics from home like summer squash. Not only does Busaba have an amazing garden, they grow their own coffee as well. After the garden tour Ken brewed up the freshest cup of coffee I’ve ever had, beans from their land that had been roasted the day before and ground that morning.
Also Ken likes to talk about trees, my kind of people. On the way out to his place he stopped to point out this magnificent mango tree along the road and on the way back we were discussing strangler trees and spotted a nice example right along the roadway.
A new morning tradition going out to see the cows as they are herded out to the river to graze. In the evening they head home via a different route so this is a morning only show.
Good friends save papaya for you, instead of feeding it to the pigs because they think it tastes a bit like vomit.
Hanging out by the campfire with the dogs. Cookie and Mini are the dogs that led us up to The Knob on our first visit to Tham Lod in December. The little one, Oreo, is a new addition and is in full puppy mode at the moment, getting in the trash, stealing gloves, etc.
Thanks Robert and Caroline for hosting me and for the lovely garden photos.
As I have said about so many places in SE Asia and especially northern Thailand…..I can’t wait to see this place during the rainy season!!