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Sangklaburi - Sanepong - Laiwo - Jakae - Lay Tong Ku - Pueng Klueng jungle walk & Karen village homestay: 11 - 17 April 2007

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A stream on Jakae to Suriya river trail
Next day morning we woke up after a good night sleep. Breakfast was rice, vegetable, and bamboo shoots. After that we thanked the host family and started our forth day of trek. We would walk to Suriya (Thuriya) river and continue to Lay Tong Ku village in Umphang district. The trail was much drier than yesterday trail and we did not see any leech.

Jakae to Suriya river walking trail
The signs of dry season came back. Fallen leaves, bamboo, betal nut plants, rock formation, caves, and occasional small streams dotted with stones emerged to our views one by one like a 3 dimensional slide shows of life. However we did not feel very hot; it was just fine. We did have lunch and drinking water.

A villager from Lay Tong Ku village
We met a Karen gentle man of Ta La Koke group (also called Ta La Ku, or Lu She) with his long hair in a knot on the trail. He came from Lay Tong Ku village to visit his daughter in Jakae. He wore no shirt. He had a bag, a knife and betal nut to chew. The man left the village after breakfast at sun rise and he would have lunch in Jakae (Sakae).

A Royal forest station
After walking about 3 hours we arrived at this Royal forest station without any one there. The place had a toilet, a water storage. We stopped for light lunch.

Flower in the jungle
Flower in the jungle. Around this spot I found a letter on the ground. It is a love letter written in Myanmar (Burmese - Kayin) language in a old style. I got only page number 3 and thus I don't not know how many pages the original letter contains. The letter is on next page. I will translate it into English later. Please wait.

Jungle before reaching Suriya river
It was nearly 2 p.m. and we were now not far from Suriya river. Several trails were available; some inside Myanmar and some inside Thailand. We choosed to walk inside Thailand. The jungle plants became thicker and we had to walk the rocky trail for about half hour before arriving at Suriya (Thuriya) river.

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