Sawadee ka Mae Hong Son!!!
Trip Start Oct 06, 2010
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After a long long journey of only 180 lasted 7 hours (!), i got to this quite northern Thai town, close to the Myanmar border.
After an hectic time on the bus, 2 break downs and no air con.., i decided i would have spent the rest of my day relaxing..so i had a walk into town, i spent some time reading in front of the peaceful lake right in the city center, visited the nearby Wat and had a wonderful Thai massage..the best since i am in Thailand!
The following day i felt charged again and full of energies! So i rent a motorbike and went by myself to explore the city surroundings..and of course i got completely lost as all the road signs are were in Thai!!!
Anyway..i got to an elephant rehabilitation center where local people and a few volunteers were busy training elephant that has been mistreated by the border soldiers..I had been offered a ride..and i really thought a lot" Shall i accept it or not..?" as i do not really like the concept of riding a poor elephant..in the end i decided to accept as the little contribution i payed would have been put it towards the center itself.
I have to say..i am really glad i did it! It was so much fun and the elephants were so sweet, would like to get one in my garden..so it could play with my dog Ciro!!! ;)
After my ride, i jumped on the motorbike, trying to get somewhere else interesting !
After a dozen miles i got to a little village, where the front door sign said it was a Burmese refugees camp. I spent a couple of hours wandering around this small village to observe its inhabitants way of life...surprisingly there were some long neck and long ear woman..really impressive!
After visiting the village i found my way back to the city and got to a beautiful mountain Wat by climbing a steep mountain...Needless to say the view from the top was absolutely stunning..I spent there a couple of hours wandering together with the friendly which were pretty busy with the construction of a new temple wing..
When sunset came i went back to the city to have a couple of beers and "work" on this entry you are reading!