Day23 Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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Departure Time 10:20am
Departure Location Mae Sariang, Thailand
Arrival Time 6:27pm
Arrival Location Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Distance Travelled 366km

Day23

We got up at a reasonable hour, and joined our new riding friend for breakfast.  The first photo shows the room we stayed in to the far left.  The room was built right over the river.  The middle photo shows how the next building was placed right next to the river – but ours was actually right on the river.  The right photo shows two bats in the palm tree.

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We left at 10:20am and headed towards Thailand’s highest mountain.  The scenery was stunning, and there were lots of pine trees in the first section we rode – the smell was wonderful.

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Once we reached the mountain, Doi Inthanon, we were largely in the clouds.  These photos were taken at a tourist spot not quite near the top.  You can see how changeable the weather was.

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These photos highlight two things – the interesting attire of some of the local women, and the fact that the local motorbike companies don’t put license plates on their bikes.  It is cheaper to pay the fine on a regular basis than to pay the import duty.  So the bikes are smuggled into Thailand, but then can’t be registered.  Notice that the only bikes with license plates are ours and that of our friend from the UK.

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Finally at the top – at 2565 meters.

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And then it was time to head back into the lower lying areas again.  The road was extremely windy, and we must have scraped on the turns at least eight to ten times this day … and not a single complaint from Rebecca!  She is one brave lady.

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Another photo of the great view, and one that shows some of the windy road.  Now imagine doing over 300kms of this, with about 30kms of endless hairpins.  This region is known by bikers as the place of a ‘thousand hair pin bends’.

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Some locals walking back home from a days work.

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This is very much the time that the flowers bloom in this region.  One of the towns nearby had a sunflower festival, but we decided not to stop by.

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Mae Hong Son is a fairly small town, but there was still lots going on.  We arrived at 6:27pm, but then had to find somewhere to stay. It took over an hour to find a place that we liked (price and room).  There was a function of some sort (first photo), and several smaller groups who ate on the footpath in front of their house/shop, and the young people were out in force on their motorbikes.

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And a few more ‘rescue vehicles.’

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