Day 2 – Sabaidee Laos

Sala Kae Koo is a park with gigantic concrete structures with Buddhist and Hindu influences. There is a similar park on the Laos side of the border, but the sculptor and his followers fled into Thailand after Laos' political unrest during that time and created this second park. Nong Khai is…

Doi Ithanon and back home

Doi Ithanon at 2565 meters is the highest point in Thailand. It is an accessible drive up to the summit.Doi Ithanon - 17Sep'05Early morning went up to the summit, we were the first few.  The summit was a stretched raised wooden boardwalk meandering through the vegetation. In the morning mist,…

Doi Ithanon

Doi Ithanon at 2565 meters is the highest point in Thailand. It is an accessible drive up to the summit.Doi Ithanon - 16Sep'05Reached Chiang Mai in the afternoon around 1pm and got a room near the Tapae gate. I asked around and decided that I could make my way to…

Myawaddy

Myawaddy is a burmese border town between Myanmar and Thailand.Myawaddy - 16Sep'052pm, took a motorbike taxi to the THai Myanmar border. Tourists can cross over to Myanmar and visit the town as long as they have their passport. The Myanmar immigrations will keep the passport and you have to return…

Mae Sot

Mae Sot is the main border town between Thailand and Myanmar located in the Tak province. It houses a large Burmese refugee population.Mae Sot - 16Sep'05Early at 5.30 am, I dropped my key at the front desk, everyones sleeping, and rushed to take the songthaew (those 2 row pickups) to…

Mae Sariang

Mae Sariang is the southernmost town of the Mae Hong Son province.  To the north is Mae Hong Son, to the east is the road leading back to Chiang Mai, and to the south is to Mae Sot. West is of course Myanmar.Mae Hong Son - 15Sep'05I need more time.…

Mae Hong Son – Long-necked

Nai Soi is a traditional village catering to tourists near the Thai-Myanmar Northwestern border. The Padaung Long-necked inhabitants are refugees fleeing from Myanmar. The villages are set to attract the tourist dollar.Mae Hong Son - 15Sep'05Day 5, woke up about 6.30, went down to the morning market. Local crowd. Took…

Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son is the scenic capital of the Northwestern Thai province. Especially around the lake area. Not too many tourists descend on the place, even though it's proximity to the hilltribes, nature activities actually make it a better place to serve as a base for treks out to the…

Tham Lot – Off To See The Caves

Tham Lot is a cave system near Soppong, halfway between Pai and Mae Hong Son. It's open to the public, there's a nice park in the outer grounds. The cave itself comprises 3 subsections. Pai - 14Sep'05Right, day 4. I'm done with Pai, time to go to Mae Hong Son, down…