Road trip!

Trip Start Dec 18, 2011
Trip End Feb 29, 2012

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Late in the afternoon on Friday, we all (Nancy, Steve, Nine and I) piled into Steve's red monster truck (with full back seat) for a trip to Nan province in the eastern, mountainous part of northern Thailand and then all the way across the country to Mae Sot, on the border with Burma. Nan is where Nine was born and raised, and it is little-visited by Western tourists, making it a perfect destination for us. Mae Sot is where our friend Jim is teaching in a school for top Burmese refugee students.
It was after dark when we arrived in Nan, so we checked into a motel-like guesthouse that Nine was familiar with and had a late dinner at a nice restaurant with live music.

 The next day, we stopped at Wat Nong Bua (a Thai Lue temple and surrounding village), Doi Phukha National Park to see the champu phuka flowers in bloom and then Boklua, where we had booked a night in a bamboo bungalow (Nancy and I) and a tent pavilion (Steve and Nine) beside the stream that runs through Boklua. After a visit to the salt well in town, we settled in at a platform overhanging the stream for dinner and drinks before bed.
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