Phawengkham Resort & Restaurant
Travel Blogs from Mae Hong Son
... came with free bananas! Beat that Starbucks! We finished that day's ride in Maw Chaem, sound in the knowledge we had an easy 60km ride the next day. The next day we started early, as most of the interesting driving was done and it was all about getting back to Chiang Mai for rest. Unfortunately the tiredness took it's toll and missing a turn meant we added over 40km to the day -- making it another 100km day! Caroline just about forgave me for this mistake by the time we hit ...
So we had heard that doing a hill tribe trek was one of the things to do in Northern Thailand. We'd heard that in places outside of Chiang Mai that it was quite touristy and we wanted to go somewhere a bit more off the beaten track. So we decided to do it in Mae Hong Son a small town surrounded by forested mountains. We were in for a treat!
We caught a local bus from Pai. We were at the bus station at least 30 minutes before anyone else yet when ...
... case a taller one is discovered! It is the dry season, but the waterfall was still pretty impressive. We had to go into the Doi Inthanon National Park to reach it. We walked around the falls a bit and took photos. Then Steven drove us to the next set of falls. We had to exit and re-enter the park to get to them. In total, I think we saw about 5 waterfalls.
I had my turn driving in the national park. There may or may not have been an incident with a tree ...
... played into the Thai-Japanese friendship here at Khun Yuam, and may even have played a role in the Thai Kingdom's quasi-allegiance with Japan at the start of the war. Speaking strategically," If you can't beat them, join them". Of course, I am neither Thai, nor a historian, so I make all of these observations and anlyses very gingerly, knowing full well that I may be completely off base. I would dearly appreciate hearing someone with real expertise explain the Khun Yuam situation.
... are also consequently makes them a passengers nightmare. I was faced as I saw it with 2 real options either suffer through 7 hours of gruelling bus journeys being tied to bus timetables, stops and general unpleasantness or I ride it myself for virtually the same price, being able to enjoy the views, the roads, the freedom and do it all on my own time. When you look at it that way its no choice really.
In terms of knowing where we were going ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking