Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chiang Rai Trek: The Chiang Rai Overlook Hotel

We stopped about an hour before the Chiang Rai city proper, where Fook (rhymes with "juke"), one of the bowling friends, apparently had a family house. He turned the car suddenly into a bunch of tall grass, and eventually we were on a dirt road, completely surrounded by high grass, and absolutely no lights besides the headlights. Fook thought it would be funny to try to drive around without the headlights i.e. in total darkness, but no one really got the joke except for Fook, so he turned the headlights back on. For fifteen minutes we drove uphill, in the pitch black except for our headlights, up a hill, on a bumpy dirt road, no one really knowing where we were going. Fook was very tentative with all of his turns and he was driving very slowly and he kept on whispering to the guy in the passenger seat ('Wood') in a tone that suggested that he probably knew where he was going.

Eventually, we made it to the top of the hill and to the house, which was incredible. There were two side houses that were bedrooms, and one main hall with a porch and a gazebo. There was a kitchen, too, and a farm with bunnies and strange birds with long tails. There were no lights up there on the hill, and the stars were as bright as I have ever seen them. Wood told me that the girls would be sleeping in the bedrooms and that the boys would be sleeping right here on the ground. I became nervous until I saw some tents.

"You mean in the tents?" I asked.

"No," he replied, and then walked away.

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