Another brilliant ride & photo journey, although I did not quite get all the photos I was after. The ride started at 10.40am from the X-Centre & went straight to Doi Mae Salong. It was a quiet night & up at dawn for the DMS sunrise & morning market. The morning market it was early in the day arrival time in Thoed Thai was around 9.30AM. A couple of elephants greeted us at the Rim Taan Guesthouse you don't normally see elephants at the Rim Taan & these guys were in town on tour from Chaiyaphum. The previous night they were in Doi Mae Salong for a local fair at the school, unknown to us. The official opening of the Sunflower & HT Festival at Hua Mae Kham was scheduled for 3PM, & we killed time with a visit to Khun Sa's old HQs & Museum. & I must be getting old, because a couple of the riders did not know who Khun Sa was. See http://www.doi-mae-salong.com/thoed-thai/khun-sa-opium-warlord and http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/threads/28175-quot-Prince-of-Death-quot-Road-Trip-Khun-Sa-Memorial Wat Kha Kham was also on the hit list to show the newbies around Thoed Thai. It was a hectic & bumpy 30 kms ride out to9 Hua Mae Kham to be in time for the show opening. We arrived in the lunch break then & sat around listening to speeches & watching people slowly but surely arrive. Note here too, that John G / Tukta / Dave Carrel had somehow overtaken us & been at HMK a couple of hours earlier & witnessed several good dancing shows in the morning's entertainment. We missed out! All we seemed to get in the afternoon were line ups of hill tribes & continual speeches. there were some beauties in the line-up though... more to come..