An afternoon border ride out of Doi Mae Salong

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  1. ianyonok

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    Thought I'd check out the trails west of Mae Salong to the Burma border. This seemed like the obvious starting point.

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    After a delicious panini, I headed further west, until just before Little Home turn right here

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    The concrete road soon gives way to an easy dirt trail out into the mountains

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    Burma right, Thailand left, army camp straight on..

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    Approaching the border

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    It's an easy 10 klm ride to the border from DMS.

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    Oops.....

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    The border follows the mountain ridge, so great views around.

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    There are no army checkpoints along this part of the border and just one small Burmese army post. One soldier wandered out when I stopped.

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    There were a couple of steep hilly bits which were still a little slippery from recent rain.

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    Thailand left, Burma right.....

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    Didn't see anyone along the border trail

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    Great to be out there with no-one around

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    A recently cut path into the Shan state

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    Looking down onto a Shan village

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    Almost a main junction here...

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    Which clearly gets regular traffic

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    A couple of cattle gates to go through as we turn back into Thailand and the first sign of locals 2015-12-06%2013.19.35.

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    Looking back towards the border I just rode along

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    I stepped into a field to get a view down the valley.....

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    ..... and as I turned back towards the trail I noticed a green plastic bag, partly under a bush, but not hidden.....

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    .....Yep,  thought that was what it was ....  let's move on....

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    Seems it is Akha people in this area

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    Looking at the route back to a road

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    an important grave..

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    .... we pop out onto the main road just north of the Kui Satay checkpoint on road 1234

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    That was a nice easy afternoon border ride out of Doi Mae Salong

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    Magic little ride Ian. I reckon that area to the west of 1089 & Doi Mae Salong has a maze of trails worth exploring. We are so lucky to have that all there right on our "door step," perfect for half day - all day rides from out of Doi Mae Salong.

    Glad you're doing it & posting them on GTR.

    Many thanks. Keep up the good work.
     

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