On our search for the Lisu and Lahu tribes we find a selfmade hangout hut of a Thai painter. We just stop. Put the bicycles on the ground and walk inside. It’s kind of a crazy place. There is no door. No windows. You can look inside the construction, because the walls are open to view through it. Nobody is inside so we enter the place slowly.
The hut is like alive. The nature dominates the place and contrasts with the many paintings and for us unknown stuff that decorates the room. We feel uncomfortable for entering someones home. So we say loud Sawat di krap – what hello in Thai means. Nobody answers. I feel attracted to a painting with an elephant. The beast is huge. Than we hear footsteps. The sounds comes from above. A Thai man with a friendly smile comes downstairs. He has a pet and earrings. The man greets us and says that he can show us around if we want. Of course we want!
So we follow him upstairs. He asks, where are you from? We say that we are living in Holland. The man smiles. ‘My wife is from Holland.’ We form a band immediately. He says that he made this place by himself to escape from his wife when he can’t handle her anymore – he laughs. ‘I work as an artist and have also a small studio in Pai.’ We really feel sympathy and also admiration for the man. I mean he is like a real artist. He built his own studio from stones, trees, plants and bamboo. He says that he earns his money with selling his art to passengers and people in Pai. We take a picture together to capture the moment.