John was a drop out from Sydney University when he was 17 years old. He decided on a lohg haired hippie life style and wanted to see the world. His plan was to travel overland from Asia to Europe and then where ever.
He originally spent 6 months in Indonesia which he loved and then made his way to Thailand. He recalls sleeping on the beach in areas such as Phuket and Koh Samui and laments how they are unrecognisable today from the pristine areas they once were.
Eventually he made his way to Chiang Mai. Later he lived in hill tribe villages in the mountains near Mae Hon Song and Pai, close to the Burmese border. In those days the Thai government did not show much interest in remote areas. Most hill tribes grew opium poppies and there was a thriving opium trade in Chiang Mai. He became interested in caving and founded Cave Lodge near Lod Cave, He married and had a family there. These days the lodge is visited by scientific groups, TV documentry makers, school groups, tourists etc. John recalled dramas and accidents and even a murder that have occured over the years.
John’s address covered his early years (1977-1984) living in Chiang Mai, running hill tribe treks and setting up Cave Lodge.He promoted his book Living Wild in which he documents the stories over the years.
This guy has crammed more into his life than most people even dream about.