We stayed at Adima for several days after finding the guest houses in the centre of town left a lot to be desired. There were several bungalows built on stilts offering a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. Meals were cheaper than normal and were more delicious than usual. There is a detailed map showing local trails to local ethnic villages, which was quite easy to do by ourselves or the guest house will supply a local guide if necessary. We walked to the Chinese border where we supped a few beers while observing the locals crossing the border.
Adima is situated a few km north of Muang Singh, easily accessible from the town by pickup. It is nestled at the base of the hills and many footpaths lead up into the wooded countryside. The accomodation is bamboo bungalows with a central terrace/restaurant where you can socialise and order food.
It is a great place to chill out, being quiet and far from any road.. Several hill tribe villages are within walking distance of this guesthouse, and the guesthouse owners can give you much information. I walked to three villages, but found the language barrier rather frustrating. I also felt the presence of myself and four others was a little intrusive, arriving unannounced, and nosing round these people's village. I'd recommend not doing this, but instead find a guide in Muang Singh. These friendly guys will be able to answer all your questions and can speak hilltribe languages, so can introduce you and interpret for you, giving you a much richer and more intimate experience :) Also, the guides have an arrangement with the village they visit, no more than 6 tourists, and only one visit every two weeks. Part of the guides fee also goes towards a payment to the village chief.
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