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Travel Blogs from Mae Hong Son
110km ahead of us, a few things in my back pack, a black rather than powder pink moped this time, and we were off!
The road plunged into the countryside and soon started winding into the hills. A far cry from our off road experience, the roads were wide, smooth and empty of traffic. Each new corner introduced a new view: ...
... sorts of mishaps and misunderstandings when Thais engage with non-Buddhists, like we two "falang" (Westerners). "Saving face" is particularly problematic since tourists are constantly asking questions which, in order to "save face", are often answered in strange ways that can be disorienting to non-Asians. Here are a couple of examples from our experiences in Thailand to date.
One day, in an early morning mental fog, Charles forgot his cycling shorts behind, ...
... to walk through the rice fields over bamboo mat bridges just to get into our place. Talk about privacy! And our room was beautiful. Their big claim to fame was that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stayed there when they were still an item. They have their picture in the lobby of them standing by the front desk.
We hit the pool and just had dinner at the resort, too pooped to head back to town. Just one more great day for the record books - AND the blog!
... the village which was at the top of a mountain there was nothing for miles. But, at the very top of the mtn they had a cell tower and some people living outside of the village had sattelite dishes!
The people in this village were from the Karen tribe. They grow the coffee, harvest clean and sort the coffee for baging. It was interesting to see....the young man that gave us a tour ...
Day 1 - Rafting Down the Pai River
Woke up to find that everything was misted in. Walked to the tour agency where I was picked up at 8:30am and taken to the rafting office. Here we got a quick speel about rafting though given the likely water level not really needed. Also were told that the mist in the morning was normal for the area and that it should burn off by 10am to give us blue skies (which it did).
Definately seems like it might be an interesting river ...
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