Impressions of Mae Hong Son

This is a continuation of our road trip around the north-western part of Thailand. To read from the start, click HERE.

Days 8, 9, and 10

Food and Drink

Khao Soi - A little stall in the triangle on Phadung Muaito

Khao Soi (as described HERE) – At a little stall in the triangle on Phadung Muaito

Pad Kra Pao - Stir fried minced pork and basil leaves. Topped with a freid egg (preferably with a runny yolk)

Pad Kra Pao – Stir fried minced pork and basil leaves. Topped with a fried egg (preferably with a runny yolk), and served with coriander infused broth

This, freinds, is crepe cake. Layers of cream and crepes, topped with a delicious berry sauce. The flavour seen here is, of course, rainbow.

This, friends, is a slice of crepe cake. Layers of cream and crepes, topped with a delicious berry sauce. The flavour seen here is, of course, rainbow.

In the same cafe. Thai tea, and Thai green tea

In an owl themed cafe, know to us only as ‘Coffee’. Thai tea, and Thai green tea

The tea used. A lady who made us tea showed us this pack since we seemed to enjoy it so much.

The tea used

Animals

A pseudoscorpion. The picture is bit blurry, because this little fellow is so tiny. Harmless to humans, they prey on mites (bless!), and so we let this guy waltz off, under the duvet to find some.

A pseudoscorpion. The picture is bit blurry, because this little fellow is so tiny. Harmless to humans, they prey on mites (bless!), and so we let this guy waltz off, under the duvet to find some.

Another dog in love with Caroline. This one was particularly fat, and waddled happily

Another dog in love with Caroline. This one was particularly fat, and waddled happily

A buffalo blocks the path...

A buffalo blocks the path…

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Caroline and dogs. I got to pat the cat for a while, but then it walked off.

Caroline and dogs. I got to pat the cat for a while, but then it walked off.

We happened accross two mahouts trying to get their elephants to move a log in a river. They were unable to, but that didn't stop us watching.

We happened across two mahouts trying to get their elephants to move a log in a river. They were unsuccessful, but smiled anyway

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Plants

Delonix regia, another tree adding colour to the streets

Delonix regia, another tree adding colour to the streets

Close up

Close up

Yellow Cassia fistula deciduous trees line a street in Mae Hong Son

Yellow Cassia fistula deciduous trees line a street

Deciduous flowers

Deciduous flowers

Eichhornia crassipes, or Water Hyacinth, in a wet marsh surrounded by banana trees

Eichhornia crassipes, or Water Hyacinth, in a wet marsh surrounded by banana trees

Wats and temples (aren’t they just everywhere?)

Gate at Kuan Yin Temple, a Chinese buddhist temple, and a rainbow of colour compared to the Thai wats

Gate at Kuan Yin Temple, a Chinese buddhist temple, and a rainbow of colour compared to the Thai wats

Lóngguī - Dragon turtle

Lóngguī – Dragon turtle

It was difficult to understand what was going on

It was difficult to understand what was going on

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I took this because, well, the cloud looks like New Zealand. Sort of.

I took this because, well, the cloud looks like New Zealand. Sort of.

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Wat Jong-Kum Jong Klag, as seen from across the central lake

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An all ratan woven Buddha

Burnt inscription at Wat Don

Burnt mural at Wat Don

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House of mirrors at Wat Don

House of mirrors at Wat Hua Wiang

The Viharn at Wat Muay Tor. Monks have been sweeping (the grass?)

The Viharn at Wat Muay Tor

Carvings on the side of a Buddha pedestal - Wat Muay Tor, Mae Hong Son

Carvings on the side of a Buddha pedestal – Wat Muay Tor.

By day

Tripped out wallpaper in a tea shop on Makkha Santi

Tripped out wallpaper in a tea shop on Makkha Santi

A friend of Caroline's

A friend of Caroline’s

Ten kilometres north(ish) we came accross this dam. It was a saturday morning and was lined with fishermen. A lovely spot.

Ten kilometres north(ish) we came across this dam. It was a Saturday morning and was dotted with fishermen. A lovely spot.

Mae Hong Son airport

The airport

This lovely old building is a souviner shop.

This lovely old building is a souvenir shop.

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We've only started noticing these in Mae Hong Son. They are rubber, and appear to be made from old, large tyres. We think they're for puting rubbish into.

We’ve only started noticing these in Mae Hong Son. They are rubber, and appear to be made from old, large tyres. We think they’re for putting rubbish into.

A helipad a few kilometres out of the town. We were told that the US army used this strip to secretly bring weapons to the rebels. Which rebels - and when - remain a mystery (sorry!)

A helipad a few kilometres out of the town. We were told that the US army used this strip to secretly bring weapons to the rebels. Which rebels – and when – remain a mystery (sorry!)

One of several river crossings on a road towards the Myanmar border (we never got that far, the Dark Knight is not meant for vertical climbs up dirt and forest floor - not that we didn't try... but when the engine started screaming and the bike wouldn't go any further, we turned around)

One of several river crossings on a road towards the Myanmar border (we never got that far, the Dark Knight is not meant for vertical climbs up dirt and forest floor – not that we didn’t try… but when the engine started screaming and the bike wouldn’t go any further, we turned around)

We passed through the village, but the 'advertised' part was in its own special little area, which we didn't particularly want to visit.

We passed through the village, but the ‘advertised’ part was in its own special little area, which we didn’t particularly want to visit.

And by night

Wat Prathat Do Kong Moo - A wat situated at the top of a hill overlooking the town. Of course, there was nobody there.

Wat Prathat Do Kong Moo – A wat situated at the top of a hill overlooking the town. Of course, there was nobody there.

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Just an ordinary train

2 thoughts on “Impressions of Mae Hong Son

  1. David, I like reading your blogs. They are well-written, in a “detached” style, as an “outsider”. But I sometimes have a feeling, do you really like to travel? Or looking forward already to be back in New Zealand?

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