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    Drug tours in Mae Hong Son not allowed

    Pot tours not welcomed in Pai
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    Col. Nopporn Ruenchan, Commander of the 7th Infantry Regiment Taskforce in Mae Hong Son met with Pai tour guides to warn them not to provide “drug tours” to visiting foreigners.

    Tourists visiting the scenic town of Pai have apparently been requesting more than just an average tour of hilltribe villages.
    According to the Office of the Narcotic Control Board visitors have been touring the hilltribe villages for the purpose of purchasing and consuming marijuana which has proliferated in the area.
    Last week the Commander and his troops discovered a 1200 plant marijuana plantation in Ban Wai village. The troops chopped down the illegal crop and then burned the 1400 kilo seizure.
    Pai police officers have noticed that tourists have been returning from these “pot tours” carrying stashes but the source of the marijuana was difficult to confirm.
    As police investigations surfaced it was quickly determined that marijuana was being grown in several villages hidden amongst the farmers vegetable and rice fields.
    Meanwhile the Commander warned all Pai tour guides to present only positive attractions such as the natural beauty and hilltribe life styles instead of introducing them to drug activities. “Drug tours are not a sustainable program when compared with natural attractions,” said Col. Nopporn.

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    “Drug tours are not a sustainable program when compared with natural attractions,” said Col. Nopporn.

    Beg to differ but it could be like a pub crawl.

    A smokeathon 2,000 BAHT a day trip, would pick up Tourism in the area vastly

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    “Drug tours are not a sustainable program when compared with natural attractions,”

    Why not have both?, double bubble!.

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    These cops have been getting around Pai piss testing back packers and i shit you not.

    Get busted and pay the pigs big dollars.

    On the southern islands its 60000 baht to walk.

    Some back packers are blatant about it and no wonder they are getting in the shit.

    jeez
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    making money from drugs is not new!

    When I first went to Chiang Rai, trekking was newish and they took you up in the hills about 2 hours drive.

    Staying overnight in some hilltribe village was always accompanied by offers of opium

    nowadays you are more likely to get coffee there
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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    These cops have been getting around Pai piss testing back packers and i shit you not.

    Get busted and pay the pigs big dollars.

    On the southern islands its 60000 baht to walk.

    Some back packers are blatant about it and no wonder they are getting in the shit.

    jeez
    Last week the cops raided lots of guesthouses/bungalows in Pai. I know a few of the owners up there and they said the cops had been sent from Bangkok. Looks like this time they were just trying to scare people, I haven't heard anything about people being arrested or squeezed for money.
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    These wankers who come to Thailand wearing Bob Marley t shirts to smoke weed and escape materialism deserve everything they get. hippie scum.

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    The police presence in Pai has been beefed up since the new governor in Mae Hong Son came into power, for at least a year now. Very visible police everywhere in town, constant road blocks and plenty of busts.

    Used to be a bit of a backwater with foreign hippies, but this will probably change soon. More and more sexpats, package tourists and Bangkok yuppies find their way there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    The police presence in Pai has been beefed up since the new governor in Mae Hong Son came into power, for at least a year now. Very visible police everywhere in town, constant road blocks and plenty of busts.
    As long as it is legitimate busts and not just the cops using it as an excuse to extract tea money then I think it is good.
    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    Used to be a bit of a backwater with foreign hippies, but this will probably change soon. More and more sexpats, package tourists and Bangkok yuppies find their way there too.
    With the introduction of the airport and regular flights from Chiang Mai to Pai you can expect more weekend travellers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bar dog
    With the introduction of the airport and regular flights from Chiang Mai to Pai you can expect more weekend travellers.
    Then you haven't seen the so called Pai Airport... going the long and winding road -hmm, those words reminds me vaguely of some old song-or risk landing in a field between the mountains. Think I would prefer to sing along the road. The road is being widened/ repaired between MaeMalai and Pai.

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    we were visiting a village north-east of Pai and came across a couple of dutch tourists who had little water and were seperated from there english speaking guide from Pai, one local guide treking for hours. they jumped in pick up to escape and visited tourist police to get there money back. beware

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    Pai-Beautiful place, shame 'bout all the pseudo-hippies and gap year kids slumming it on Mum and Dads credit cards!

    I don't mind a little puff now and then but don't feel the need to grow dreads, buy a pair of fishermans trousers to go with my psychedelic coloured unwashed shirt, turn veggie and start drinking organic health drinks, while I try to "find myself"!

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    Pai-Beautiful place, shame 'bout all the pseudo-hippies and gap year kids slumming it on Mum and Dads credit cards!
    Say what you like, but without the hippie and artist crowd, Thai and foreign, the place would never have become a tourist destination in the first place, and you would likely never have found your way there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
    Pai-Beautiful place, shame 'bout all the pseudo-hippies and gap year kids slumming it on Mum and Dads credit cards!
    Say what you like, but without the hippie and artist crowd, Thai and foreign, the place would never have become a tourist destination in the first place, and you would likely never have found your way there.
    Fair enough, I may not have but I didnt specifically bother going out of my way to go there, it was just a couple of day stop off on a motorbike trip around the MHS loop region. And as I said, Pai IS a beautiful little town but its only one of many equally picturesque towns in the same region. Except its filled with dirty stinking yoga practitioners!

    And anyway, its hard to be a hippy in a town where you get nicked for a joint and you're in serious shit. I'd like to see how their tantric deep breathing meditation would help them relax and be at one with nature then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog View Post
    These wankers who come to Thailand wearing Bob Marley t shirts to smoke weed and escape materialism deserve everything they get. hippie scum.
    As opposed to the wankers who come to Thailand wearing football shirts to drink beer, fight and abuse Thai women.

    I know what group i would rather be stuck with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog View Post
    These wankers who come to Thailand wearing Bob Marley t shirts to smoke weed and escape materialism deserve everything they get. hippie scum.
    As opposed to the wankers who come to Thailand wearing football shirts to drink beer, fight and abuse Thai women.

    I know what group i would rather be stuck with.
    Yes, I'd take "annoying" vs. "annoying and violent" any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog View Post
    These wankers who come to Thailand wearing Bob Marley t shirts to smoke weed and escape materialism deserve everything they get. hippie scum.
    As opposed to the wankers who come to Thailand wearing football shirts to drink beer, fight and abuse Thai women.

    I know what group i would rather be stuck with.

    what about those wankers who wear Bob Marley T-shirts, football shorts, smoke weed and drink beer, escape materialism and beat up Thai women

    damn, there are so many hateful groups out there, none the same as me

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    making money from drugs is not new!

    When I first went to Chiang Rai, trekking was newish and they took you up in the hills about 2 hours drive.

    Staying overnight in some hilltribe village was always accompanied by offers of opium

    nowadays you are more likely to get coffee there
    ahhh the good old days. 50 baht for a pipe arou d the fire at night and somehow sleeping with a bunch of guardian reader types, eight to a crappy hut, laid out on bare bamboo whilst being eaten alive by mosquitos seemed, well, not uncomfortable.

    Get the locals back on the stuff - might stop dressing in red and getting uppity about being....well, just being.

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    nought wrong with a bit of smoko round a camp fire at the end of the day i reckon..just seems to make the world seem right

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    Nothing wrong with Pai, just the rest of Thailand catching Up to Pai! some where for someone to make a Buck, peaceful laid back Town , open to all things bad

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    Pai's a lovely place if you can avoid a few of the paranoid expats there.

    You know the ones, crims on the lam hoping to hide out there, dumbwits, and a few ex Vietnam vets with ADD and PTSD, all seeing red flags everywhere, twitchy posessive fwks.

    Easily spotted though, they tend to hang out at the same bars and eat burgers.
    Generally all alcoholics.

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