My wife and I just finished building a house next to my
friends, elephant refuge. The photo above is one our
way to look at land in this tiny mountain village

FIVE MONTHS LATER THIS IS OUR NEW HOME BELOW

 

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sanctuary
 
 

 

 
OK we've identified 4.5 Rai of land (about two acres) which is a side of a mountain with brooks running on two sides of our new property, made an offer, got accepted and we are excited to death
 

 
two days with a backhoe and the construction can start
 

 
our nearest neighbor allowed us to use their electricity to build and I of course paid the bills
 

 
The water to the house comes from the mountain and yes it is FREE
 

 

 
As i mentioned, the neighbor allowed us to use their electicity to build until we got our electric meter installed. I downloaded an APP from the electric company so I could pay the bill promptly--It has never been over 300 Baht (TEN dollars) for bothhouses
 

 

 

 
we have rose apples on the property
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To celibrate, we met with our lawyer in the village's ONLY restaurant (above). The food is incredibly delicious and no more than 70 cents
 

 
this is where we decided to build
 

 

 
our other nighbors are about 10 minutes away
 
i'll fast forward to today when the mountain house is complete
 

 
Enter Headline
 

 
The staff from Elephant highlands moved our belongings from Chiang Mai to the new house
 

 
We had to go to town hall to pay two years taxes which had been in arrears. The bill for two years was 98 Baht (just under three dollars)
 

 

 

 
we have mangos on the land
 

 
we have 100's of lychee fruit trees
 

 
incredibly daunting job of beating back the jungle to lay the lawn. The staff from the the elephant highlands comes down to do this back breaking work