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Sunday, December 19, 2010
From Bangkok To Upper North At Mae Hong Son And Pai.
When my elder cousin came to fetch us with his Fortuner, I didn't know he was taking us to the Bus Terminal in Bangkok. The other cousin has pre-arranged for the bus trip to Mae Hong Son. He bought the bus ticket much earlier prior to our arrival. The Thais called the long distance air conditioned bus a 'VIP Tour'. The bus will leave for Mae Hong Son at 3 pm. Thanks goodness, the Bus Terminal has proper toilets with shower facilities, cafe and lounge. We took a short rest and shower before hopping on to the bus for another 15 hours journey, an overnight journey to Mae Hong Son. Meals and drinks were provided during the whole journey. No wonder it's called a VIP tour. We arrived Mae Hong Son at 6 am the next day. We waited until the sun rises before booking a Thai Style taxi for a half day tour. Our first destination is the Morning Market to look for food.
Next, we went to the hill top where there is a Buddhist Temple. Most of the Buddhist Temples in Thailand appears almost the same to me. We went to the top most spot to view the whole scenic of Mae Hong Son. Mae Hong Son is a small town with hills, mountains and rice field. Seems like we seen the whole city. As such we decide to proceed to Pai, our next destination for a night stay. Before that, we stopped by the Forest Reserve Park to visit the Long Neck Village and a Waterfall near by.
On the way to the forest, you can see a lot of Elephant trainers with their elephants with many camps nearby. We also stop by a hot spring resort along the way and have facial spa treatment as refreshment.
Tasting every food is a must in every destination in Thailand. Before we leave Mae Hong Son, we stop by another popular eateries for lunch. Our bus stop is right in front of our food stall. At about 1 pm, we managed to get a bus to Pai, without realizing it was the last bus for the day.
This is the bus which we managed to hop onto to Pai. Even though Pai is just about a hundred kilometers away, it took us about 5 hours to reached there. The without air conditioned bus was tourist packed and we have to stand all the way with many turns and curves, and up and down route. However, the bus trip is truly a memorable one, and the most adventure too, but surely we do not want to experience it again. Haha..
Let me share with you my photos and story about Pai on my next posting.