Well, I went for a walk to the right yesterday and got turned back. I went for a walk to the left today and got turned back. There are huge military post every so often. The children and all the locals are free to come and go, but foreigners are not permitted. Are there really that many poppy fields left from yesteryear? What are they hiding? What are they so afraid of? One needs to hire a guide at 1,000 baht a day to travel anywhere. One is made to sit on the front of the bus, as a foreigner. Every five miles or so, you need to get another stamp, as there are no computers and it is all done in triplicate, so needless to say a lot of time is wasted. I would suggest waiting a few years to visit here, otherwise you will be disappointed.
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