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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son June 3rd 2011

"Almost Heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River......... ...Country roads, take me home To the place where I belong West Virginia, Mountain Mama Take me home, country roads" And so this unforgettable refrain goes. When I was around three years old, my parents thought it would be a good idea to move to Third Worldish West Virginia. (An American state where infant mortality rates and gross income have long been ranked amongst the country's worst.) My parent's decision, for reasons not entirely clear to me, was in the spirit of the times of course, in the early 1970s. We got water from a stream, paved roads were nowhere to be found, our toilet was an outhouse and we got some of our food from the surrounding forest. Some of my first coherent images of life ... read more
Where you go I go Don Quixote
The worst of the roads
On the Road to Pai

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son March 19th 2011

The bus took about two and a half hours to get to Mae Hong Son but it was a very enjoyable trip with the nice scenery we passed. I arrived at the new bus station which isn’t in my guidebook and decided not to take an expensive motorbike taxi and just walk the couple of kilometres. After asking a couple of locals I found the guesthouse I was looking for and got a room for about $7 a night. I had a look around town and then in the evening went to the Chilli Bar for a drink where I met Ryan, an Englishman who is married to a Thai woman from this area. The next day the friendly couple who run the bar invited Ryan ,his wife, and myself to join them in the afternoon ... read more
I wasn't go to cross that
Ryan the punk
View of Mae Hong Son

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son January 30th 2011

Hello! Last, Tuesday we got a bus to Tham Lot which as we said in the previous entry is further into the Country. We asked the driver many a time whether the bus actually stopped at Tham Lot (thinking it was a town/village) and he assured us that it stopped at Tham Lot, however, we pulled up in the town of Soppong and luckily I saw a sign for the Lodge that we were staying at! Which meant we were meant to get off here! So, we got off the bus in the middle of no-where to then be told that the only way to get to the Lodge was by scooter taxi. Now, neither of us had ever been on a scooter at all, apart from Nicole who has ridden one herself. We had our ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son January 4th 2010

Figyelemremelto utazasi teljesitmennyel vegzodott az oev December 30-an. 4 ora Kairoig 3 ora varakozas 8 ora Bangokig 4 ora varakozas 1.5 ora Chiang Maiig ahol Dana vart engem 1 ora takkerral at a varoson Szilveszteri oruletben. 1 ora sorbaallas buszjegyert 2 ora varakozas 9 oras buszut a hegyi szerpentineken fel Mae Hong Sonba nehany kilometerre a Burmai hatartol ottani hajnal 5-kor erkeztunk meg olyan elmeallapotban, hogy nem tudtam volna bizton felelni sem a nememre sem, a nevemre vonatkozo kerdesre, egesz uton ha fel orat sikerult aludni ( nem talalom az idezojelet a thai klaviaturan.. ) Elajulas, meg alomhoz kepest is bizzarr modon szurrelais mentalis elmenyek. 12 ora vizszintesben leves utan kesznek ereztuk magunkat az ujev unneplesere. Csendesen telt, zenelgettunk, setalgattunk, ketten megittunk egy uveg bort. A kisvaros kozepen levo to mellett laktunk, kilatassal a... read more
uton valahol
To a burmai hatarnal

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son December 4th 2009

Pai & Mae Hong Son From the bustling city of Chang Mai, we headed up into the far north-western hills to a small town called Pai, famed for its relaxed atmosphere and live music scene. Arriving in the afternoon the place was still nice and cool thanks to its location up in the hills and a short walk along the street revealed that the town was well set up for tourists, being filled with bars, restaurants and cheap motorbike rentals. We found a small resort down next to the riverside which had several bamboo huts set amongst a tropical garden, filled with exotic plants and hammocks to lounge in. The small main street becomes pedestrianised in the evening and is filled with market stalls and food carts serving delicious pad-thai noodles, amongst other things. There were ... read more
80 degrees celcius
chinese village
chinese village2

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son November 9th 2009

Third day was long ride north from Mae Sarieng to Mae Hong Son. Really liked Mae Hong Son and spent extra day there. Found amazing little restuarant and ordered Larb as never tried it before. Wow, best thing Ive tasted here yet! Spent day on the bike going to see Huai Sua Tao village and its settlement of Padaung Longneck women. Really wierd experience as you try not to stare at thier necks but cant help it! Also went right up to Burmese border to visit village of Mae Aw famous for its tea growing and Chinese village.... read more
Scenery near Mae Sarieng
In the hills
Wat  Chong Kham

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son November 8th 2009

Second day was ride due West towards Burmese border to town of Mae Sarieng. Day didnt start well as raining up in the mountains and very cold. Sun soon came out, and all was well! Roads were fantastic and no other traffic apart from 4X4s loaded with cabbages! Started to really get to grips with the Kawasaki and was throwing it through bends and roaring up the hills with ease! Liked liitle town of Mae Sarieng, right on a bend in the river but very quiet place! ... read more
Getting wet!
Sun comes out in Mae Chaem
River at Mae Sarieng

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son November 8th 2009

Decided to rent a bike and do the legendary Mae Hong Son loop. 6 days, 906Km and 1648 bends! Bought the loop map and on the front it said "North Thailands Rugged north-west frontier! Wasnt sure what bike to choose, but Kawasaki 250 D Tracker looked good, so off I set. First leg was from Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park. The park was great, full of waterfalls and the summit of Doi Inthanon is the highest point in Thailand. The roads were fantastic, full of bends but a bit chilly up in the mountains!... read more
Rivers all over the park
Me and the Bike
Mae Klang Falls

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son August 31st 2009

I have lived in MHS for over 8 months and have managed to avoid an outing to the infamous “Chalet” up until now. The “Chalet” is MHS’s only nightclub and I am certain that if it had been playing the sounds of Armin Van Buren or trance I would have made an appearance sooner. Definitely not Dome in its prime but it does have kathoeys (ladyboys) so there is one similarity. The Chalet plays Thai music and everyone dances (Thai style) around the seats and tables. It only starts to get busy around 11.30pm, which is past my bed time nowadays (gone are the days when that was the time I was only getting ready to go out!) As assignment due dates were a couple of weeks away I agreed to join Lou and some MHS ... read more
Living it up at the Chalet
The band at the Chalet
Jack & I

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son August 6th 2009

As classes were reduced in the month of August our section at work organised a half day trip to Camp 1. Although I had seen many of the places we visited before it was good to reconnect with the community and be a part of camp life again. We caught the children just before they went off to school and a few colleagues joined in on playing elastics. The children and camp populace were just as intrigued by us as we were of them. We visited a nursery, the hospital, a few projects operating in the camp and various sections of the widespread site. At the high school in the camp they were hosting a fashion parade and one of our lovely colleagues agreed to join in on the fun. That aroused interest and amusement from ... read more
June & P'Yong
May, Beam, Sanya & I
Kids before school

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