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May 29, 2006 - Hill tribes and jungle trekking

Just back from 3 days trekking in the northern thailand jungle near the myanmar border. Fantastic! A relatively difficult hike - more than we'd bargained for! - to 2 hill tribes not accessed by other tour groups (just the company we went with - Panda tours). First day we had an elephant ride through part of the jungle - Theo was very excited. Then I fed him a couple of pieces of watermelon which he sucked up his trunk - cool. We then hiked uphill to reach our first night tribe the red lahu, a tribe originally from myanmar but are now...

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May 16, 2006 - Mae Hong Song

We stayed at a tropical paradise just outside of town. The only sound heard outside your bungalow in the early mourning was a small stream that was guided along the grounds on a winding trail. Along the stream were bamboo "catches" for the water that would fill and swival to hit rock and make a wonderful bamboo sound that echoed throughout the resort. We could easily come back and stay here a month later in the trip. We went on a couple of day trips while in Mae Hong Song. On the second day, we took a boat down a river to a "longneck"...

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Apr 4, 2006 - The Motor Scooter Diaries - Part 3 : Mae Hong Son

Hey guys Well we finally managed to tear Caveman himself away from the 200 or so caves in Sappong and headed over to Mae Hong Son. Again the ride was tear jerkingly beautiful. The road is super curvy in places so TP and Pea did well. Mae Hong Son is another touristy place on the loop we are doing. Interestingly we managed to catch one of the most religious festivals in Buddism - when the young boy monks are dressed in girl's clothes and faces are made up. We managed to watch a procession and caught up with the celebrations later on again,...

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Mar 25, 2006 - Soppong

Sat 25th March: Today we headed to Soppong after a bit of a sleep in a very comfortable local bus ride. We found a nice quiet place to stay. We were the only ones there. Had a great lunch and headed out to the cave. This cave was one of the most ammazing caves i have seen it was so extensive and the cavens inside were huge. It was full of so many different formations of limestone. The river running through the centre was full of fish and the roof had so many bats hanging froim it. It took about 2hours to go through the entire cave. We were...

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Mar 22, 2006 - Mae Hong Son

Wed 22nd March: We caught a 1pm bus to Mae Hong Son. Found a guest house and organised to go on a two day trek/sightseeing tour of the souronding national park and villages. Thurs 23rd March: Left at 8:00am this morning on our trek. Our first stop was in a small village town just out of Mae Hong Son, They Made seaseme seed oil using bullocks and buffalo, pretty interesting to watch. The next stop was the National park head quarters were they have a small zoo. We arrived just at the right time to see the keepers feeding the asian bears,...

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Feb 22, 2006 - Pai in My Third Eye

Well, its back to Pai, as it is calling me. I was yanked away too early last time by visa issues and Lauries swollen ankles, but this time I am staying for awhile. I want to take a reiki class, I want to chill out by the river, I want to see what life brings...and, well, here is what it brought: My first Astrology "Happy Hour". I had so many people asking me to do charts and explain the stars to them that I decided explaining it all one time made better sense. So we had wine and crackers by the river, watched the sunset and for three hours...

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Come Away With Me...

Feb 17, 2006 - Mae Hong Son (01-02/02/06)

Mae Hong Son est une charmante petite ville située dans le coin nord-ouest de la Thailande, près de la frontière birmane. C'est un point de départ assez classique pour des treks dans la jungle, à la rencontre des ethnies minoritaires, ce que nous avons fait sur une journée. Mae Hong Son ist eine nette kleine Stadt im Nord-Westen von Thailand, in der Nähe der birmanischen Grenze. Von hier aus werden viele Wanderungen im Dschungel organisiert, bei denen man Dörfer ethnischer Minderheiten besuchen kann, was wir über einen Tag gemacht haben.

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Feb 2, 2006 - A River Runs Through It

Pai Pai, lovely Pai! I fell in love with it immeditaly, small, two street small, a little village nestled in a beautiful green valley surrounded by stunning mountains on everyside. Waterfalls adn hot springs and live music every night, a good time was had, but my visa was expiring and I had just read a book on a Burmese border town called Mae Sot that was suppose to be full of volunteer opportunities due to all the nearby Burmese Refugee camps, so I left Pai to cross the border and extend my visa, and also see what the scene was like away...

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Come Away With Me...

Jan 30, 2006 - Mae Hong Son

Monique and I caught a bus to Mae Hong Son today. It was about 3 1/2 hours. We are only staying overnight, since there isn't much to do here except see the villages and trek. Met an american named Rick who has been in Thailand for 20 years working with the refugees. He brought us to his museum and showed us lots of pictures taken since World War II depicting the history of Thailand and the surrounding asian countries. It was very interesting. After that we went to fish cave. Not really much to see, but the ground were pretty. Rick got us a...

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Nov 20, 2005 - Mae Hong Son

20 November - To Mae Hong Song I decided to get the 0700 bus to Mae Hong Son, and last night was promised a ride on the back of a motorbike to the bus station with 'Percy' (one of the workers at the guest house) and to knock on his door to wake him up. When I knocked at 0630 however, he wasn't there, so walked to the bus stop - which was about 10-15 mins away and pretty hard with a back pack. A word about motorbikes in Thailand. Kids as young as 10 years old are riding them, with their friends, talking on their mobile phones etc. Rarely do...

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Nov 2, 2005 - Riding around in the Swiss part of Thailand...

The Northwestern corner, I travel around at the moment, is sometimes called the 'Swizerland of Thailand' - well, thinking of that, I start missing the snow and temperatures, that do not make you break out in sweat at 8'o clock in the morning... And, I do not think, I've ever seen snakes on the road in Swizerland... Today, I stopped my motorcycle, because ther was this strange, wet sort of wooden log lying across the narrow one-lane-road - from one side right through to the other... I sort of got the creeps, as this log soddenly devellopped...

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Axel in Asia

Feb 19, 2005 - Roaming the mountains of Thailand

Hi all, after Sian left I flew up to Mae Hong Son which is in the far north near the Burmese border. The proximity to Burma has meant that these areas have a strong Burmese influence in the architecture of their temples. Also many of the hills tribes are of Burmese origin having escaped there between 50 and a 100 years ago. Mae Hong Son is a quite town (not much bigger than the photo) and i soon grew restless and went scootabout. I jumped on my 125cc scooter and off i went. What a fantastic way of seeing a country!! You can take your time,...

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