22-Oct-2011 -- From Chiangmai I was taking a friend and her daughter south to Mae Sot, their home town, while I was aiming at a couple of confluence points in that area. Mae Sot is a border town to Burma, but about 80 km before that you pass the larger town Tak. And just north of Tak you find the confluence point N17E99. At Ban Tak on the main road south from the north we crossed the Nam Ping River and headed westwards. I had briefly read the report of the first visitor and persuaded my friends to accept my little detour via the confluence point. With a GPS-map on my mobile phone it turned out to be fairly easy going. There had been a lot of rain lately and the worry was flooding and soggy village road. We stopped the car by a barbed wire fence 105 m south of the confluence point. I had just got over the fence, when a woman on a motorbike stopped and asked where I was going. I explained to her that I wanted go go about 100 meters through the bush and she immediately replied that it was a dangerous area as they had observed a big "ngu lueam" there the last few days. I realized it was a snake, but what kind I did not understand. With a long walking stick I beat the bush to the sides and in front as I entered the territory only to find after a few meters that it was all flooded. With such odds against me I settled for 93 m from the cp and returned to the car where my friend could tell me it was a huge boa constrictor they had observed.
Ps. Time on GPS is Central European time, i.e. about 2.pm local time.