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    Resort Trips – stays in Chiang Dao and Mae Rim Districts

    Excursions in Chiang Mai Province 1. Chiang Dao Once Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed in May 2020, my girlfriend and I scooted north to Chiang Dao for two nights. The scoot from Chiang Mai to Chiang Dao (approximately 70km) took about two hours to our destination, the Azalea Village Resort. Before checking in, we examined the Villa De View Cafe close to the Chiang Dao National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. This was a fabulous spot with views of Doi Chiang Dao, Thailand’s third highest mountain, and coffee plants. Azalea Village Resort From the location to the employees, there was a welcoming and peaceful ambience at Azalea Village. Further, the proximity of…

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    Waterfall Trips – Four to explore in Chiang Mai Province

    Waterfall Trips: 1 – Huaykaew Waterfall, Suthep Huaykaew Waterfall is a picturesque spot close to the mountains of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and the city. The waterfall is ideal for a short trek or a pitstop on the trek towards the National Park. I took the hiking trail leading north of the waterfall, winding up to Wang Bua Ban viewpoint. Furthermore, visiting during the dry season meant the water levels were lower, hence I could climb further. At the entrance I saw the Kruba Srivichai Monument, a small Buddhist shrine which is beautifully decorative. To read about additional waterfall trips in Chiang Mai Province see the following blog post. Waterfall…

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    Mae Hong Son – a Thailand-Myanmar border province

    A tale of two cities I’ve wanted to travel to Mae Hong Son, Thailand’s most mountainous province since arriving in Chiang Mai in 2018. Having learned of the isolation of many Thai border regions with Myanmar I became fascinated with the landscape and culture. Accordingly, I further researched Mae Hong Son province and planned a visit with my girlfriend in 2019. We decided to take the Prempracha Minivan from Chiang Mai Bus Arcade, a five hour trip. We witnessed stunning landscapes and sensational scenery driving through the abundant mountains. Part of the route is on the 600km Mae Hong Son Loop which is popular with motorcyclist enthusiasts. We subsequently returned…

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    Mon Chaem and the mountainous Samoeng Loop

    A scenic day trip outside of Chiang Mai Samoeng Loop complete trips I scooted the 100km ‘Samoeng loop’ twice within the space of a month in 2019. On the first trip I accompanied a friend who was filming content for his YouTube channel. We scooted out towards Mae Rim to the Xtreme Sports Centre so he could perform a Bungee Jump. The loop consists of steep roads through the mountains and breathtaking scenery. Furthermore, there are viewpoints, remote temples and agricultural activity. The second trip coincided with my Uncles visit to Chiang Mai. On this occasion we started from the western side of the city and finished the circuit at…

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    Friendship Bridge – crossing the Thai-Myanmar border

    Receiving a Visa extension at the Friendship Bridge I journeyed from Chiang Mai to the Thailand-Myanmar border for a Thai Visa extension in May 2018. This constituted an 8 hour-round trip, nevertheless, this was worthwhile as the experiences were so interesting. On departure from the bus station, I met a Burmese woman and Thai man travelling on my route. The bus weaved north through Chiang Rai province, encompassed by vast areas of dense rainforest. Reaching Mae Sai, I needed to take a Songthaew the few kilometres to the border. My new companions and I then had time to explore the sublime Wat Phra That Doi Wao. Afterwards we had lunch…