Leaving Chiang Dao

Trip Start Dec 05, 2012
Trip End Jan 17, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai Province,
Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lovely hot dinner, sit around fire under the stars, good night in our family suite despite cool water for shower. Woke around 7 am , breakfast on terrace, packed and off to climb 510 steps to monastery then another 47 to the cave . It was so peaceful and beautiful with inspirational sayings at intervals. Very special, spiritual and filled with Buddas. Wat tham king nerasunn. You could spend a week in each of the areas we are touching on in a day. Currently sitting at nest while R. Is plotting our route to cHaing Rai area, while sipping coffee.
Set off finally at about 11 am to drive to Doi Mae Salong, up in the hills not for the faint hearted.
At from Chriang Rai on the way across one of the mountain passes a coach had done a 180 degree slide coming to rest in the nearside ditch. It looked as though some fuel had been spilled on the road causing the Tarmac to melt. They use bamboo fronds as makeshift cones to warn on-coming traffic
Stopped for petrol where we were served by two young girls and charged approximately 80 p a litre. The car seems to be doing about 25-40 mpg but it is only a 1500cc engine. Lots of hills to negotiate.
Came cross a lovely roadside service station serving main course meals for £0.60 a serving. It was being run by an orange farmer to sell and promote his products. For all the fresh fruit available in Thailand there are a lot of drinks that have sugar in them.
Followed another mountain road for about 10-11 miles up and down and around and saw several signs for Flower hIlls resort that we decided to check on. After driving through the village of Mae Salong the Resort was quite an eye-opener that the photos will show. Private bungalow with a fantastic view, lovely swimming pool and all for £36 a night incl breakfast for the two of us. We decided to spend two nights here to save having to pack up in the morning to look for another place locally as there are lots of places to visit within a short drive. Myanmar is only about 5 miles way from here. Swim as soon as we arrived as the sun was going down behind the hills and it was 4.30 by the time we settled in
Currently sipping local wine at £4 a bottle.. Nice sherry. Sitting on balcony with very noisy neighbours. This place is in an amazing setting, very manicured gardens right next to Hill Tribe village. See photos and video. Stars just coming out and so will we eventually. Could eat here for £5 as much as you like but it is already out and stewing so planning to go into, up to town if R. Doesn't, drink any more wine. It's 12%25 and slips down easily.
So, can't believe it's Saturday night and I am out with a man in white socks and sandals, but at least his feet aren't being eaten. Anyway, found the Mae Salong Villa best yunnanese Chinese restaurant in the area. Devoured, roasted pork with steamed bun, fried lively, and stir fry Chinese spinach... All delicious, all washed down with Chang beer... Burp!
And it's only 7:30 pm.
We haven't catered for the fact that its quite chilly up here in the evenings so any apparel is acceptable to keep off the frostbite . Even the mosses are shivering. We are having a good laugh, most of the time. I wasn't chuckling when we had a too close encounter with a bully of a petrol tank driver.
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