New Year 2008-2009. The Thai govt has now declared Friday 2nd to be a holiday, so that means a 5-day break coming up. Wed 31 - Thurs 1 - Frid 2 - Sat 3 - Sun 4th are all holidays. Thousands of Bkk Thais will be on the road touring the cold North. Unless you like football crowds & the accompanying traffic - STAY AWAY from 1. Phu Chi Fah & R1093 2. Doi Inthanon & R1009. 3. Mae Sai, you won't be able to see the bridge 'n border, let alone park within 2 kms of the place, even on a motorbike. Their will be traffic jams on Inthanon & Phu Chi Fah! On R1009 for certain sections, traffic is one way for 30 minutes at a time. R1192 also gets to be one way for most of the day. You've been warned. Also a reminder for Chinese New Year Jan 26th (at least in Pha Daeng) & the 4-5 days surrounding it. On the positive side Chinese New Year is good to see Lisu New Year. Great places to go are 1. Wawi / Doi Chang 2. Soppong 3. R1150 Phrao - Wiang Pa Pao.