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    Re: Thirteen Hotels in 28 days !! My Holiday in Thailand

    Are we Mad ... next was Six hotels in six days!!! A road trip

    Leaving Udon and travelling North, we then turned West, and followed the Mekong River to Chiang Khan. A good enough road, looking acros to Laos, at a dusty road, also following the River.
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    In Town, we caught the tail end of a Festival, for Students, Thai dancing for a grand prize for the best School.

    We stayed in The Old Chiang Khan Boutique Hotel. Not a Hotel but a well preserved old Asian Boarding House with modern facilities crammed into corners of the room. Tradition was to wake early and "Make Merit", food supplied by the Hotel, if ordered the night before. No restaurant, so vouchers were given for a choice of Cafes nearby, to have breakfast.
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    Onwards through Phu Ruea District and National Parks, to Wang Thong District, Phitsanulok Province. Along a wide Highway, under construction, and very dusty, we found our next Hotel; Sappraiwan Grand Hotel and Resort. a sprawling estate and Elephant sanctuary, that has just changed ownership. Beautiful setting with ornate architecture and individual cottages.

    Our next stop, Lampang, described by some as not much of a town, I found to be quite nice and plenty of character in the night market. The journey on the horse drawn carriage, was pleasant, and 45 minutes around town was informative.
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    We put our heads down in Auangkham Resort, a pleasant enough place with a nice garden.

    Next ... Our Mae Hong Son Loop!

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    Our Mae Hong Son Loop

    Ignoring the SatNav, (she wanted to take us around the mountains,) we headed, via Wiang Nong and Chom Thong Districts, through Doi Inthanon National Park. Hairpin bends, tunnels of trees, and narrow roads brought us to Mae Chaem. Run by a Finnish guy and his Thai family, we found Navasoung Resort on a back road into town. A bit rough looking, were it appears the enthusiasm ran out when his first wife, sadly died, some years ago.

    Hairpin bends and narrow roads.
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    The "Mae Hong Son Loop" has been well mentioned in various travel reports; this was our experience, with the first night of three, in Mae Cheam.

    Next stop was the capital of the province, Mae Hong Son. A quiet town (it was the 2nd Monday after the holiday week!) with a small Night market, and other attractions. We stayed at The Point Villa by Black Ant Coffee, where we got good local coffee.

    More winding roads, hairpin bends and tunnels of trees, with beautiful scenery, brought us to Pai. Smaller than MHS, but more attractive, with plenty to do. Highlight is to see the sunset and sunrise from areas that you are guided to.

    Twas a bit misty.
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    When I told Jintana that we were booked into a "Guest House", I got mumbelings about cleanliness and bad service. Baan Tawan Guest House was first class, not like any Guest House She had stayed in before.

    On the Road to Pai
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    Highlights of the loop, were the strawberries, the scenery, the people we met, and if you drive your self, being able to stop at your leisure. I planned meticulously, and allocated max, three to four hours driving time between stops if driving continuously .... But with stops and everything else, each day was an adventure. We started early, and arrived at our lodgings never later than 3pm. Time to relax and recharge before the next days trek.
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    Made Friends with the Locals ... for a fee !!! (lol)
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    Strawberry Fields Forever!!
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    Re: Thirteen Hotels in 28 days !! My Holiday in Thailand

    On the Road between Pai and Chiang Mai.

    "Pai in Love", anyone seen this film?
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    More Strawberry's and Scenes
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    Next Stop, Chiang Mai.

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    Brilliant reports! We want more!!!More!! More!!


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    Re: Thirteen Hotels in 28 days !! My Holiday in Thailand

    I remember the strawberries-best I have ever had. Bought by the roadside next to the field where they were organically grown.
    The King's mother introduced strawberries to northern Thailand.
    She first had them on a UK visit which featured the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, and noted the English climate was much like that of the north, so she introduced them, initially on the Royal Projects.
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    Re: Thirteen Hotels in 28 days !! My Holiday in Thailand

    James, I'm glad to be seeing so many Thai women in hats since I love hats. I hope you and Jintana have a wonderful visit. I'm looking forward to more pictures.

    Khun Don, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who stresses over travel time. We rush to be on time, and the plane is so often late.

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    Re: Thirteen Hotels in 28 days !! My Holiday in Thailand

    Chiang Mai was Next.

    Five nights in the City of the North, lazy days and rejuvination, with a few excursions. And a foot massage that nearly killed Me !! (lol)
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    A visit to Bosang Umbrella Center was a highlight. We arrived early as preparations were being made for a Festival. A bit touristy, and yes, we had paintings done on our phone/tablet cases, and had personalized T-shirts done!
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    We stayed, again, at The Eurana, down a narrow Soi, just off Moonmuang Road. Plenty to do and see, all within walking distance of the Hotel. My favourite market was near, out the back of the Hotel in another narrow Soi. Visited by Tour companies and cookery schools, with their clients, to show a wide variety of food stuffs.

    After three visits to a Khantoke dinner, the novelty wear's off. We did Khum Khantoke, were photographers follow you, and try to sell more photos that You have already taken. The heated baloon vendors, 100baht each, were busy. Noted that a lot of the guests were Asian; Chinese, Japanese and others.

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    Re: Thirteen Hotels in 28 days !! My Holiday in Thailand

    After five days and nights, we reluctantly departed Chiang Mai, and returned with NokAir to Don Muang.

    Next stop, Kanchanaburi.

    Encountering NO holdups, we arrived in Kanchanaburi around lunch time. We stayed in U Inchantree Hotel, for two nights, and after Guest Houses and our other lodgings, this was the best place we stayed in!! Set in beautifully tended gardens, next to the River, and within walking distance of "The Bridge" and Jeath War Museum.

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