From ON THE TRAIL OF A MULE - A Drug Run Through The Golden Triangle. Lao Ta's Coffee is on R1089, 15 kms north of Tha Ton. and THE MAN HIMSELF as happy & relaxed as can be in his petrol station, adjoining Lao Ta's Coffee. it must be 25 years since I've met the man. In those days his Lisu guesthouse was famous as an overnight stay in a then remote Lisu hill tribe village. And my memories were of all the Lisu guys sitting around, playing cards & drinking with their automatic weapons right by their side. Lao Ta is an amazing guy, & there should be a movie about him, such has been his colourful life.