I happened to read Lloyds riveting despatch from Isarn this morning, because I ride quite extensivly around the area and know it quite well. The final part in his column was a bit about Ban Chaing was fasinating for me. He says its "a major tourist destination" and "Buses roll in on an hourly basis". Well Loydy, Wifey and I have land and a house in Ban Chiang and in the last 8 years of spending about 2 months per year there, I don't believe I have EVER seen a tourist coach there. As for being a major tourist attraction, don't think so mate! be nice if it was I would set Mum up with a small coffee house, she could live there and I could shack up with my Mia noi in Bangkok. But with a tourist count of maybe 10 a week, I just don't think its vaiable. Big question is does Lloyd write this stuff himself or just look it up in Lonely planet? Does Hot Fudge actually exist or is it just all fudged ?