Mae Hong Son International Music Night Part 2: 10th November 2012.

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by DavidFL, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Following on from the success of the inaugural Mae Hong Son International Music night & a request from the officials in MHS a Part 2 Mae Hong Son International Music Night was held on 10th November 2012.

    At the same time the 4th TJ John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride to Mae Hong Son was held. There's a report for the ride up already & I think it might be best to just have a thread here for music night photos.
    So a few happy snaps from me & there's not many from me this time round.

    The long neck trio

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    these gals were a bit nervous about the big stage this year & Alan Pratt tinkled away on drums behind them so that they weren't alone! You're a good man Alan.

    It was very pleasing to see riders form their own groups & ride to MHS.
    Nat & the guys from Piston Shop

    Ek & the KTM guys.

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    JG & a North Comets group.

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    Tony Bkk & the guys from Bangkok - well done fellahs, that's quite a ride & weekend you had.

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    The Vice governor, head of police & army in MHS -all requested more MHS Music nights - every 6 months / twice a year they want it!

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    Its funny how a simple music night in MHS pulls in the old timers...
    Art, Rande & Oliver long time mates / old timers of Cnx with near on a hundred years in Cnx between us. Not bad eh?

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    Something a little more easier on the eye.

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    The hard working staff of the Sunflower restaurant.
    Literally run off their feet on the night, but they all had a good time & want more MHS Music nights - sanuk dee they say!

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    the bands / organisers.

    Thanks to everyone who came - both for the music night & memorial ride. It was a pleasure for me & I'm sure MHS too.

    I don't have many photos at all, but there should be a lot more guys, so please put your MHS party photos up.
     
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  3. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Big Thank you David for putting the ride etc together.. Everyone I spoke to had a fantastic time.

    We arrived early... time for a beer while the finishing touches are put on the set-up

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    Panoramic of the crowd with the band to the right of the picture.

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    Can you really ask for a better back drop for such a brilliant night?

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    Cheers
    Brian
     
  4. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

  5. johngooding

    johngooding Ol'Timer

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    Some pictures from another very enjoyable music night in MHS and from the ride to and from, with some comments on road conditions.
    Rode CM to Hot, lunch in Mae Sariang and on to MHS. CM along the canal road into San Patong, happy to find that now new traffic lights at junction of canal road with the 108, always a difficult junction for a group to negotiate together. Heavy traffic along the 108. Road widening nearer to Hot, but no real obstructions and this will be a good road when finished. Hot to Mae Sariang, was a delight, some small roadworks, some new tarmac, this again will be a great road when all finished. Efficient service and good food at Inthira restaurant. Mae Sariang to MHS a flowing ride with lovely scenery and generally good road surface, the exception is several km of really rough surface about 20km before Khun Yuam, no way to avoid it, just have to slow down. Comments on MHS to Pai and on to CM later.

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    George from Sunflower had done a great job of setting up the music night area, and a very enjoyable evening followed with the music at a sensible level, so one could enjoy it and even have some conversation as well. Good to meet old friends and make some new ones.

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  6. johngooding

    johngooding Ol'Timer

    Stayed at the Namtha Hotel, No covered bike parking, very convenient location, good rooms, but pricey compared to Piya etc, and in my opinion, not better value. Breakfast at Salawin, always good, but better to get there early for quick service.

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    Some of the group left to return via Khun Yuam, for a quick peek at the Sunflowers and then based on some innacurate advice, to Mae Chaem, Inthanon and CM, they had expected to find new tarmac on the potholed roads around Mae Chaem, unfortunately whatever new tarmac there was, had already been badly eroded and the road is not comfortable for cruiser type bikes.
    We road to Pai and stayed the night at Brook View, a good value place with great location for relaxing. The usual photos at Pang Mapha viewpoint. New tarmac around here and good road to Pai.
    Pai to CM is bad in places but really no worse than it has been following the last few wet seasons. Most holes can be avoided on a bike, maybe not so easy in a car.

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  7. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Nice Photo's John.. Came out really well.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  8. speedybuffalo

    speedybuffalo Active Member

    This time MHS was the disappointment of a 2600km round trip. Rom Tai GH: 30% inflated room price, Sunflowers: prepay for food orders inside the restaurant (I do not pull the valet for every additional rice), Crossroad: no cold Chang beer at 6 pm and 50min waiting time for a pepper steak that was too hard to chew (even dog battled). Exception was Kai Mook restaurant: a tasty and reliable value. Conclusion: avoid this charming place at events.
     
  9. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Just a couple of shots to add to the already large venue's images collection

    A pre-concert Friday evening at Sunflower for people already in town.

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    Thai groups (sorry … did not write down the names)

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    The lovely Kayan musicians from Huay Sua Tao village.

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    On stage (with John Nash) Mrs Ma Play and Mrs Ma Tiang

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    “The guitar man” (sorry for not having his name)

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    John Nash and the Aussie Experience Band

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    The organization and support team (George under threat to make it a success or get his throat cut!)

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    An audience with many [GTR] known faces

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    See you all again next time !

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  10. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    John and Jurgen- thanks for the fantastic pictures! Was great to see you both!

    Happy Trails!

    Tony :happy1:
     
  11. cdrw

    cdrw Ol'Timer

    Friday, preceding the Festival, there were some Thai's and very few farangs in attendance and the music at the
    Sunflower had more of an intimate feel, as portrayed in Jergen's fine photos. Arriving before the Saturday crowds gave
    me a chance to chat with John and listen to his band which has been upgraded since I last saw them. I was impressed
    with the new (to me) addition of the excellent trumpet player, which I thought gave the band a 'big band' sound. John told me that
    before moving to Thailand, the trumpet player had a long history of playing with some top name rock and R&B groups.

    The following day the tables were setup, in front of the stage, for the oncoming horde of people. Saturday's festival was fantastic.
    Not just the music but the opportunity to chat with some friends and acquaintances I'd not seen in a year.

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    I'd never ridden motorcycles until upon moving to Thailand, 10 years ago. One of the first things others told me was that
    'it's not if but when you when you'll have an accident'. Many riders never have a 'when' moment. I'm no longer on that list.
    I'd ridden from Pattaya through Doi Tao-Hot-Mae Sariang-MHS, practicing counter-steering and enjoying the twisties,
    until I had my first crash before arriving at MHS, my intended destination to see the Music Festival.
    Coming out of a turn, my right pedal dug into the tarmac and I was immediately launched off the bike, which later
    landed on it's right side and slid about 30-meters into the roadside water drainage ditch. My armor saved me from making
    any skin donations, but not from some minor brusing and a diminished riding confidence. The bike wasn't so lucky.
    A couple of Thai's stopped and kindly helped me get the bike out of the ditch.

    Having no first gear or neutral and sometimes second or only third thru fifth gear, due to a bent crash bar affecting the
    shift lever, made for an unhappy clutch on the few tight turns that lead to quick inclines to MHS and later to C-Mai.
    The bike limped back to C-Mai. Broken mirrors and some other minor damage were fixed, and I had some work done at
    two machine shops and two bike shops, and was again good to go. Now all is well again, I'm back in Pattaya and am looking
    forward to my next visit up north!

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  12. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Quite impressive, I am happy that you finally got out unhurt, with only slight material damages. I am looking forward to seeing you again next time.
     
  13. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

  14. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    For the numerous guys who have been asking.....

    I spoke to George in MHS a few days ago & he said he was waiting for the governor to confirm the date.
    It should be 9 November, or maybe 23rd November.

    It should not clash with Loy Krathong - full moon 17 November - & is preferred to be held before Loy Krathong.
    That's as much as I know.

    Once I have a date I will post it here; we can run The TJ John Hamilton - Simon Siinthai Grant Memorial Ride at the same time - on a Saturday for the working guys.

    The Saturdays in November are: 2, 9, 16. 23. & 30; & that must be special 5 Saturdays in a month!

    Stay tuned.
     
  15. tehsk30

    tehsk30 Ol'Timer

    my apologies for being off topic. do u know when is the date for YI PENG (the floating lantern festival) for this year. thks

     
  16. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

  17. tehsk30

    tehsk30 Ol'Timer

    thks David. the yipeng festival with thousands of lanterns being released must be a sight not to be missed huh?
     
  18. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    There's a governors meeting in MHS this week & we should have a date confirmed.
    Stay tuned.
     
  19. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Sorry guys but NO MHS Music Night by the lake this time.
    Both the MHS health department & the MHS Conservation group object to the event being held downtown by the lake, like it has been.
    George says he may be able to organize & set something up out of town, at a later date, if there is enough interest.
     
  20. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    What a shame, after last years success I would have thought that they'd be looking forward to throwing another Music Festival... Ah well, life goes on! :happy1:
     
  21. tehsk30

    tehsk30 Ol'Timer

    Hi David,

    Just would like to check if the dates for the Yi Peng is confirmed.

    Thks a lot my friend.
     
  22. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

  23. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Good.news coming.soon folks. Get.ready to ride & party in MHS during the hot season 2014.

    Power On. sent from Sony Xperia AcroS
     
  24. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Haha! I see your Sony Xperia has the annoying habit of inserting periods every other word. Mine does the same :shifty:
     
  25. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Good news, just in time so I can get prepared for the first long run on the Tmax, await your details first.
     
  26. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    That's called big fingers I think Tony.
     

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