motorbikes thrill and scare me
So finally we were off around the Mae Hong Son loop (MHSL)!
The loop does a rough circle starting in Chiang Mai and ending there, going through the most beautiful lands of Thailand north of Bangkok (so I heard, have not gone through the whole area). The route goes through the most north eastern area of Thailand. Along the loop the towns that you pass through are generally not too spectacular in my opinion (alothough Pai is hippy-ish and cool and Mae hong son citie is quaint)-it is the nature parks along the way and the road itself that are the attraction. The MHSL is called the "A motorbike drivers dream-The road of a thousand hair pin turns", according to the map front.
The scenery along the road was intensly beautiful, especially as the sun was setting. The road goes through the lowest regions of the Himalayan mountain range. The many mountains are roughly 1000 m high, covered in green and red/brown trees. The road was postion in such a away so that much of the time I could have a view of the passing moutains. There are many look out spots offering sweeping views along the way aswell. I amde alot of videos and pictures that I will be adding soon.
The first place that we stayed at was in some tinny town that I don't remember the name of, but I know the place was called the Sappong River in. We stayed in a tinny bungalow, I wrapped myself like a borrito joint to keep out the cold. I was woken by the freezing cold and the roosters crowing and the dogs barking from all of the surounding farms. They really make a racket, never heard anything quite like it, you could really hear them echo. The noice of the animals went in a wave, much like the cheers at shambhala went in a wave, group to group (no wounder I felt so animalistic at Shambhala haha).
We had our breakfast at the lodge (very nice place) and went on the road again, headed to Pai. Pai was a nice town, quite the hippy central. I had never imagined that there wouldbe a dreadlock-bob marley community of Thais, but there certainly was in Pai. We went all over the tinny town looking for cheap accomidation adn found nothing close to our price range. So we settled on the supper cheap tent in some yard that had a bunch of tents for travellers. There was a huggge bed in the tent and tones of blankets, so I again borito jointed myself at night. It gets dam cold at night in the north! We walked around the night market, one of my favorite aspects of Thailand. Got some of the best food I had had so far (seasoned steamed fenel and seasoned fish/pork with rice mmmm).