Road Trip to Mae Hong Son, Thailand | เที่ยวแม่ฮ่องสอน

Here’re my tentative headlines for this story when we first got back and I was still literally ‘fumed’ from the experience: ‘Beneath the Smoky Clouds in Mae Hong Son’ or ‘The Town of Three Fogs + One Man-Made’ or perhaps …’Summer’s Mist, And Some Fresh Smoke’ ….. The fact is, Mae Hong Son – one of the most beautiful and, may I say, mesmerising, towns in the uppermost north of Thailand – was just like that – filled with forest smokes – when we were up there in March. The whole town, even in the mornings, was dense with the fire smoke drifting down from...

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Road Trip to Mae Sarieng, Mae Hong Son | เที่ยวแม่สะเรียง แม่ฮ่องสอน

After a couple of days in Chiang Mai, we drove west to Mae Sarieng – a large district almost southernmost of Mae Hong Son. We took the highway 108 – or the ‘Hod’ route (after a major district) as Chiang Mai people would call it – that winds through mountain ranges. These hills are apparently the reason why this 194-km passage takes over three hours to cover. However, we had plans to stop along the way because we didn’t want to turn our vacation into a driving endurance test. So, after an unusually very huge breakfast at the Anantara Chiang Mai, we took off. Early. In our 4×4, apart from heaps of luggages, my extra pairs of shoes and...

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Thailand Road Trip to Chiang Mai, Mae Sarieng, Mae Hong Son

Some people thought we had gone nuts when we said we were hitting north in the summer. And they had all the decent rights to say so. Usually, Chiang Mai and all other places up north of Thailand are good for cooler months from the end till early of each year. But since our work schedules sometimes didn’t accommodate peak-season traveling, we had to adapt as we go. This time, March allowed us to make some road trips, and the north, we just decided, was to be on our driving maps. Needless to say, it was, of course, scorching. But then again, we had all the places to ourselves. The hotels were cheaper, the roads almost empty (even ones towards the...

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