An overnighter in Fang to locate the ghost market canyon. Plus a chance to maybe escape the smoky atmosphere in the Chiang Mai valley. Ha. Ha. The previous day Id been up on Mon Cham http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/36016-Mon-Cham-off-the-1096-from-Mea-Rim-Recomended! above the Mae Sa valley & the air did not seem so bad, so I thought why not head North the next day & enjoy some fresh mountain air. I roped Ron Webb in for the trip & we set off from the X-Centre at 11.15am. At Mae Malai Ron indicated he was not happy with the air & by half way to Chiang Dao the air was incredibly smoky & Ron was not a happy camper, & decided to pull out & return to base. I opted to carry on thinking that there was a good chance with higher elevation after Chiang Dao the air might be a bit clearer & windy. The view from the Chiang Dao bypass you can usually see Chiang Dao mountain soaring up into the sky there. R107 Against the drab grey sky & smoke the blooming sakura trees were sensational Smoked karst country north of Huay Luk & Ron was a lucky man I thought. Another blooming Sakura tree well you had to photograph something...there was not much else to see. Dropping down into the Fang valley the air was even worse, but I lucked out with a huge Poi Luang festival at Wat Si Dong Yen it was a huge Poi Luang & I thought about hanging out for the rest of the day & night, but then remembered that it was not uncommon for local Poi Luang fairs to end up in fights between drunken youths. To be continued..