Pilok and Etong, 2 villages 4km apart. Once upon a time these were bustling tin-mining towns, when mining businesses were in their glory days. Thousands of miners, hundreds of merchants, shops, theater and a casino kept this place busy around the clock. When the mining business faltered because of a drop in the tin price, the entire area went into deep hibernation mode. Etong has a population of 400, close knit community, people genuinely care and help each other. It surely resembles Pai from 15 ears ago. Just about every building in main and the only street has been converted into homestay or guesthouse, hardly enough to accommodate all visitors during the winter high season.