MAE HONG SON

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Honda CRF250

Tucked into Thailand’s northwest corner, Mae Hong Son province is one of the nation’s last frontiers for off-the-beaten-track exploration. There’s no better way to take in its mountainous, mist covered passes and steamy jungles than tackling the 600km Mae Hong Son Loop by motorbike.

…says the Lonely Planet.

Off-the-beaten-track exploration in Thailand… who is being kid? Nothing is off the beaten track in Thailand, nothing in Thailand is left to be explored, especially when it finds itself mentioned in the Lonely Planet. The country basically is a beaten track.
However, underchallenged – and utilized in the office and too fat for any real bus adventures the motorbike trip it is. There is also a direct flight to Chiang Mai in Thailand, it could not be easier.
Day 1: Chiang Mai to Somewhere
Day 2: Somewhere to Mae Hong Son
Day 3: Around Mae Hong Son
Day 4: Mae Hong Son to Pai
Day 5: Pai to Chiang Mai
Somewhere: So nice that I have forgotten the name. Beautiful road, no traffic, gently up and down, petrol in little villages, lovely accommodation, almost cold beer, nobody around…
Mae Hong Son: Charming little town, plenty of tourists, plenty of guesthouses, plenty of cold beer, short in adventure…
Pai: The Khao San of the north, especialy popular with Chinese tourists. Adventure free. Lots of traffic, all these Chinese must come here somehow.

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Full moon in Chiang Mai
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Monks assembling in a temple in Chiang Mai
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Monk and telephone
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Gentle landscape shortly after Chiang Mai
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Pumping petrol in a village
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Man with chicken at a petrol station
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Women at a temple
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Mae Hong Son mountain scape

 

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Thunderstorm clouds
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After the rain
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The temple in Mae Hong Son
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Temple in Mae Hong Son
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Novice monk with cow skull
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Landscape on the way to Pai
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Monks at white Buddha statue
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Burmese refugee women. A paid picture…
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Kids in traditional outfit posing for tourists and money
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Women dancing in Pai, not for money…

 

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