After lunch, we were taken to a Hmong market, where they sold dried fruit and flowers. Then we were handed off to a Karen guide for a trek through the jungle. The government has been working on economic stimulus for the hill tribes, which includes requiring that all tours through their areas use a native guide. They also have replaced the opium growing with flower growing.
Our guide spoke virtually no English, but was fantastic, stopping along the way to show us edible plants and herbs and to make us silly hats from leaves. After passing through the jungle, we were taken to the idyllic karen village. Nestled among rice paddies, flower fields and coffee plantations, the place seemed heavenly. Also, it had good coffee, so what more do you need?