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  1. ianyonok

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    #1 ianyonok, Oct 16, 2020 at 1:22 PM
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    August 2020;
    Lots of low cloud and little sun.
    2020-08-04 14.39.47.
    Over Doi Tung
    2020-08-04 15.04.54.
    Burma viewpoint; army camp Doi Chang Moob
    2020-08-04 15.36.36.
    Bit of slippage on the Royal road.
    2020-08-04 15.43.53.
    Looking east across to Chiang Saen.

    October 2020, Khiew Satai Akha village, 1089/1234 checkpoint junction
    2020-10-06 12.00.40.
    This lady was polishing the family silver on her headdress, given to her by her mother, who doubtless was given it, by her mother.
    2020-10-06 12.00.51.
    Silver coins over 100 years old. Some are French, many are from the British Raj, minted in Calcutta, dates 1904, 1907, around that era. The earliest I could see is a 1/4 Rupee from 1882.
    2020-10-06 12.05.04.
    Poster for a past ceremony, still in place. Interesting history with the Kuomintang there.
    2020-10-06 12.05.21.
    Out along the Wawi road 3037 south.
    2020-10-06 13.35.19.
    Popped into a roadside riverside cafe. Turned out there is a hot spring in the river...
    2020-10-06 13.36.37. 2020-10-06 13.36.42.
    It is too hot to get in, but you can paddle about in the warmed river water next to the hot pool.

    Later, on the ride south from Doi Chang.
    2020-10-06 15.00.20.
    What a beautiful day.
    2020-10-06 15.23.44.

    Over Doi Mae Salong
    2020-10-11 14.12.15.

    Another day....

    Phuchomdao, a resort on a hill, just off the 1211, southwest of Chiang Rai.

    2020-10-12 09.54.54. 2020-10-12 09.54.55. 2020-10-12 09.56.54. 2020-10-12 09.57.54. 2020-10-12 09.58.44. 2020-10-12 09.58.04. 2020-10-12 09.58.17. 2020-10-12 09.55.00. 2020-10-12 10.07.43. No TV needed, there is a telescope in the room.
    2020-10-12 10.08.00.
    We then rode up the recently paved back road to Doi Chang
    2020-10-12 10.22.55. 2020-10-12 10.35.56. Viewpoint looking back east to Chiang Rai city.
    2020-10-12 10.41.23.
    Then over the peak and down the west side of the doi.
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    A water source near the peak. 2020-10-12 10.59.14. 2020-10-12 10.58.42.

    We then found Bo Nam Tip.
    This is a large natural spring in the forest that is a Buddist Park.
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    We walked around the overgrown pathways looking for the spring.
    2020-10-12 11.38.25.
    It was around here I had an encounter with a rather large Cobra. He was on the path a couple of metres ahead.
    He raised up about a foot, spread his hood, opened his mouth wide... and said..
    "this is my mountain, you show some respect...."
    Wow... quite a special experience.

    After he left, we carried on, somewhat more carefully.
    2020-10-12 11.38.46.
    A little later, we came across this..
    2020-10-12 11.44.34.
    Ah... there are clearly many cobras on this mountain. Now I get it... why there are cobras on every temple staircase... amazing creatures.
    2020-10-12 11.55.22. Drinking water.
    2020-10-12 11.52.00.
    Silk dresses with silver belts, placed for the spirits.
    2020-10-12 11.52.53.

    2020-10-12 11.56.41.
    There were many coy carp in the large natural pool.
    2020-10-12 11.58.12. 2020-10-12 11.59.38. 2020-10-12 11.59.53. Life size brass images.

    2020-10-12 12.00.00. 2020-10-12 12.01.13. Overgrown pathways and signs. Quite an amazing place.
    2020-10-12 12.01.14.

    We then rode on to the end of the road and found a farm.
    2020-10-12 12.22.36. 2020-10-12 12.24.25. Two Akha ladies doing embroidery.
    2020-10-12 12.27.07.
    2020-10-12 12.26.52. Strawberries and macadamia trees.
    2020-10-12 12.27.06.
    Pink guava and macadamia nut shell.
    2020-10-12 12.27.08.
    At the very end of this road is another viewpoint.
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    Looking west this time, across Doi Chang village.
    The distant mountain ridge forms the border, with Chiang Mai province on the other side.
    2020-10-12 12.36.31. 2020-10-12 12.36.51.
    We then headed down into the village to Jadae House coffee shop. One of the many new places there.
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    After riding north on the super Doi Wawi road, we ended up at LaoLee resort, surrounded by tea gardens.
    2020-10-13 06.42.49. 2020-10-13 06.42.50. 2020-10-13 06.42.51.
    Next morning, in cool weather we continued north.
    2020-10-13 07.53.15. 2020-10-13 07.52.58.
    At Sweet Mae Salong.
    This is not just a coffee shop. They make the finest hand crafted cakes in the north.
    2020-10-13 08.53.16. View across the valley.
    2020-10-13 08.54.15.
    Creme Brulee. Made with imported vanilla from Madagascar and French whipping cream. 2020-10-13 08.53.15.
    Dropped in to Pa Tueng Onsen Hot Spring in Mae Chan, for a soothing soak.
    2020-10-13 15.17.52.
    Then to Viang Yonok Hotel, Chiang Saen Lake.
    2020-10-14 09.53.27.
    The wonderful cool season sunsets are starting.
    2020-10-14 09.53.28.
    Glorious Chiang Rai, indeed.
     
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    #2 DavidFL, Oct 17, 2020 at 10:36 PM
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    Great photos, especially with the Bo Nam Tip, "king cobra park" up Doi Chang way.
    There must be a story behind that place. I wonder what it is....

    That Jadae House Coffee shop, looks like there's been some money invested way up there.
    It is incredible how much that area has developed & become wealthy, compared to how it was a couple of decades ago when the Thai-German Aid struggled to improve the lifestyle & infrastructure of the villages of the people but basically failed, and pulled out? Then coffee came along..
    This intrigues me
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    I wonder how hot it gets in the afternoon sun?

    Did you see any new accommodation up at Doi Chang?
    The last time I stayed there was for Akha New Year at the Lisu Doi Chang Resort.
    It must be about time to go back for a night & look around again.
     
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    Actually, Jadae House is a great design in a superb location, but a simple construction really. Cool place. Lots of new places to stay up there now.
     
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    Great report Ian, some stunning photos :cool:
     
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    Thats another trip for the list. I find the Kmt chinese connection interesting. Found the same in Thaton last Gt rider dinner. Thanks Ian.
     

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