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August 2016

Day 32 Pia to Mae Hong Son and Back

No Rain-Yeehaaaa

semi-overcast 24 °C
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Got upto a pretty clear sky so decided to risk the weather and take a ride to Mae Hong Son which is about 100km down the road and it was well worth the trip going over numerous mountain ranges and then dropping back into the valley floors with terraced rice paddies before climbing the next range,the road was really good tar,and would be an absolute hoot on 400-600 road bike,anything bigger would be a waste and not as much fun I reckon

Think the highest point was around 1500 metres,so was nice and cool,the scooter a Honda PCX 150,got along okay but most of the time only doing 40-60 kmh and on the flats and wringing its neck I could get 80kmh but travelling at a slower pace was okay ,didn't really have much choice as the hills were pretty steep so 60 kmh was good fun also got to take in the scenery and the views that went for ever,took about 3 hours each way,so that was my day

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Day 29-30 Chiang Mai & Pia

Bloody Rain Again

rain 23 °C
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Well left Chiang Mai yesterday and think it was the best and shortest bus trip yet about 300km and 4 hours later I am in Pai,Northern Thailand,got dropped of at the bus station with the rest of the tourists,grabbed my backpack and umbrella and made my way to scooter rental shop and picked up my transport for the next five days whilst in Pai

The trip up would be a motorcyclist dream something like 753 bends in 30 km in absolute amazing country side the weather was fine and sunny,then I picked my scooter up and basically it hasn't stopped bloody raining,but is the monsoon so is expected I suppose

Got out yesterday for a few hours and again today for 7-8 hours but it so wet I haven't taken many pictures,scared of killing the phone or the DSLR, but hopefully the weather improves tomorrow ?As the scenery up here is really astounding

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Days 26-27 Chiang Mai

Scooter to the Mountains

semi-overcast 35 °C
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Well my first full day in Chiang Mai after crossing into Thailand at Mae Sot and a very relaxed border crossing it was,walked all the way through into Thailand and nobody stamped my Visa so turned around and went back and finally got somebody to stamp it,thought it would create way to many hassles on the way out.

Got another slow bus from Mae Sot to here, only about 280km but still took 7 long hours, so today hired a scooter (Vespa) and took a trip up into the national park which is just outside town,very steep range with some peaks around 1600 metres,beautiful lush rainforests and a nice escape from heat

Probably head up again tomorrow and check out some waterfalls,still have another couple of days here before heading to Pai,but need and try to get my visa extended,so that also might be tomorrow chore

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Day 22-23 Hpa An

I need an Umbrella

rain 30 °C
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We'll have spent the last to nights in Hpa An and the scenery is amazing, took a tour yesterday which would of been really good if the rain had stayed away,the rain was torrential got soaked even with wet weather gear on, ended up buying an umbrella once we got back into town

Ended up staying an extra not so I went out again today and the rain held off until just now,the scenery around here is amazing,towering mountains with rice paddies at there feet

Tomorrow am off to Mae Sot and cross into Thailand,probably spend a couple nights there before heading north and eventually in Laos, as I am crossing by land into Thailand I only get a 15 day visa

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Day 20 Kim Pun

What Road and What Golden Rock ??

all seasons in one day 22 °C
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Well here I am at Kin Pun Sakhan, Foot of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo, Myanmar to visit the Golden Rock which apparently the 3rd most important Buddhist site in Burma and in the dry season the views would be terrific, but today I got to see some of the thickest fog I have ever encountered,middle of the day and at times visibility was more than 10 metres, the mountain is around 1100 metres so might of been cloud ?? but was still worth visiting

To get to the mountains you get on the back of truck with about 35 other souls and are jammed in like sardines and once nobody else can fit the take off for the summit and see if they can beat there best time to get to the top,was a bit hair raising to be honest !!

Still was nice to be in the mountains,nice and cool coupled with extreme fog and have down pours,but it is the height of the monsoon season so not many tourists which is good

Spent yesterday travelling for Bago and then organising site seeing, and my next destination which should be my last in Myanmar before crossing into Thailand,so have a leisurely breakfast tomorrow before the 4 hour bus trip to
Hpa An, Myanmar, only plan too spend a couple nights there and as tomorrow is a travel day,I once again get the day off blogging and boring everybody or making you envious??

Posted by Richard Indo 03:07 Archived in Myanmar Tagged foggy Comments (0)

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