Hello fellow GT Riders Just completed probably my most exciting Thailand adventure ride ever. I was inspired by fantastic Rod Page report right here at GTR and this trip was in making for past few months. Me and pals Kim, Tim and Phli explored number of extraordinary places but the highlight was visit to ethnic Karen hill-tribe village of Loy Tong Ku which is located in one of the most remote parts of the country, barely 2km from Burmese border. People living in this village are quite unique and differ from other Karen tribes: they tie their long hair into top knot and worship a Hermit as the main subject of respect. The most important tradition is to offer a torch of fire as a gesture of paying homage to the revered Hermit master around December every year. They also worship an image of the Lord Buddha crafted out of a sacred 400 years old ivory tusks. This piece of ivory features carved in images of Lord Buddha in the attitude of meditation from the base to the end of the tusk. The village is remote and hard to reach, it requires special permission from the 347th Border Patrol Police. And then comes almost 20km's of hell thru steep sandy trail featuring some hair raising switchbacks, river crossings and narrow passages hanging over deep ravines. The trip was full of incidents, but that was expected as a part of memorable adventure. Here just a few appetizer pics, long report coming soon.