Muang Khong is a small is a tambon (subdistrict) on the banks of the Mae Taeng river, hidden behind Chiang Dao mountain. A bit of a forgotten place, it is a genuine gem of a natural beauty - unspoiled & relatively isolated for many years. 20 years ago only trekkers ventured out there for the hill tribes & rafting on the Mae Taeng river. Access to Muang Khong has only been by the road "over the side of the mountain." Dirt road access has been from Huay Nam Dang & Wiang Haeng, both about 25 kms away, but these roads are often impassable in the wet. So it's only the one way in & one way out Muang Khong, unless your a dirt road fan. But what a road it is too - one of the best, steepest roads you can get. A road that seems to climb forever This baby is right up with the best climbs; and it is tight narrow concrete through some magnificent forest. To get there you take the road to the Chiang Dao caves It's a beautiful start straight off with some big trees You don't take the left turn into the caves, but make a right onto R3024 2 kms down the road is the Chiang Dao Wildlife sanctuary checkpoint, where there is a foreigner fee of 200 baht for going to the sanctuary; but tell the staff you are going to Muang Khong / Wiang Haeng & there is no fee. Immediately after the checkpoint the real road starts & up & up you go. & what a climb it is!!! Just check out that profile. Is that the steepest now or....? Occasionally it seems to level out, but only momentarily On the Chiang Dao side of the ridge line the road is in better condition than the Muang Khong side. Some parts are nice new, wider asphalt. Somewhere along the way I stopped to take a few photos & was startled by some movement in the bamboo above me. I looked up & there was a genuine live monkey prancing along the bamboo. I was momentarily stunned - a first for me in Thailand. The real thing, live in the "wild." You really don't see much wild life in the North, sad to say. Naturally he / she ran off & I missed a photo. Back on that amazing up & down road A group pf spirit shrines beside the road & the location of what looks a few landslides. The local water supply The drop off point for hiking up the mountain don't go without a guide. A wee bit further on the ridge line & highest point a Lisu lookout Sadly the Lisu who have been there for 25 years had been asked to remove their tourist huts, located a mere 50 metres from their house & village. No longer allowed. All a bit unfair I thought. Some of the people I spoke to had been there all their life. On the flat on the ridge line then downhill you go Some patchy concrete, with some twists and turns. The road follows a stream for some of the way Muang Khong city & the bridge over the Mae Taeng An amazing old police station in Muang Khong it should be a museum piece.... a bit more to come.