Baiyoke Chalet Hotel
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... under a thousand kilometres to the south east. We are up at one thousand metres, with the border at perhaps another four hundred.
DrIving along, we pass a coffin on a table at the roadside, with a frame over it with maybe curtains and ribbons attached. Tie-dyed?
The older lady says she's been to Thailand eleven times, but it's changing so much, and there are too many tourists, that she might not come again.
At about two o'clock we get to a ...
Another day, another 1864 road curves later we arrived safely in Mae Hong Son. This is a small town only a few miles from the Myamar border ( Burma ). After a long drive we treated ourselves to a slightly nicer hotel and had a hour or so pool time.
The purpose of this visit was to go out to visit one of Northern Thailands Hill Tribes - Kayan longnecks. They were originally farmers in ...
... four hours, taking into account the seemingly endless procession of corners. While the road is definitely challenging - in parts looking like a funhouse mirror image - the drive is worth it. What should take four hours to complete actual ends up taking me closer to six because I can't stop pulling over and taking photos. There's no way to capture the majesty of the landscape though - endless seas of brilliantly green rice fields, overshadowed by mountains that ...
... lunch at a vegetarian restaurant before heading out of town. caught a minivan around 3pm to soppong. never knew i was capable of carsickness until i was jammed in the back flying around curves. pretty much wanted to die the whole ride. luckily, it was only an hour and a half. once we got soppong, we went searching for a hostel. normally, i always book my stay before getting to a town, but i think i'm going to stop. walking around, figuring out the town first ...
... of Europeans were marching up one of the side streets holding above their heads a small Thai bloke who was in a uniform from a local bar. Obviously he too had refused to serve them beer. We never saw the Thai bloke again...
It soon turned into a full scale riot. Police helicopters arrived. The army arrived in tanks threatening the use of guns. One Swedish lad was shot in the leg as he attempted to run at the now ever increasing army of soldiers.