Last visit to a hostel - Nong Tau

Trip Start Dec 27, 2009
Trip End Jan 19, 2010

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Saturday, January 16, 2010

On Saturday we drove southwest back into the hills to visit another hostel called Nong Tau. We must have driven 45 minutes and it still seemed like we were in Chiang Mai. The city is very spread out. We turned right at Hot (yes, that's the name of a town), and started climbing in the hills. This is beautiful farm country where, besides rice, they grow soybeans and onions and they even have a Spirulina farm in the area. Write Dee has spent some time establishing hostels in this area. His neice, Mae has an all-girls hostel just down the road from the one we are going to. Most of the parents of the children in these hostels live in outer villages, and this is a way the children can obtain an education. On the way we stopped in a small town and picked up cooked chicken for the hostel. It was a special treat that they don't usually have. We pulled into Nong Tau hostel at lunch and the line of children stretched across the yard. Nong Tau is one of the more established hostels with a church and dorms for the children. After a visit and lunch, we listened to Eric, Holly, Jack and Joe play guitar and sing some songs. We then proceeded to spend all afternoon playing games, working with arts and crafts, and of course, the ever popular parachute and beach balls. In a way, it was a little bittersweet because we knew this was our last visit to a camp or hostel since we were leaving first thing Monday morning.

That night we were invited to Sara Lapha's house for dinner. More music and excellent Napalise food! Sara is another person of many that we have met on this trip with an abundance of energy and selflessness in her generosity toward these children that have little, if anything. Her three daughters were hamming it up for the camera when they weren't watching Thai Soap Operas with Patrick. He claimed he know what was going on. Soap Operas must transcend language barriers.

Tomorrow is our last day in Chiang Mai, then onto Bangkok for a day.
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