Around Glorious Chiang Rai

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August 2020;
Lots of low cloud and little sun.
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Over Doi Tung
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Burma viewpoint; army camp Doi Chang Moob
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Bit of slippage on the Royal road.
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Looking east across to Chiang Saen.

October 2020, Khiew Satai Akha village, 1089/1234 checkpoint junction
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This lady was polishing the family silver on her headdress, given to her by her mother, who doubtless was given it, by her mother.
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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.
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Poster for a past ceremony, still in place. Interesting history with the Kuomintang there.
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Out along the Wawi road 3037 south.
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Popped into a roadside riverside cafe. Turned out there is a hot spring in the river...
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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.
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What a beautiful day.
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Over Doi Mae Salong
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Another day....

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

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No TV needed, there is a telescope in the room.
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We then rode up the recently paved back road to Doi Chang
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Viewpoint looking back east to Chiang Rai city.
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Then over the peak and down the west side of the doi.
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A water source near the peak.
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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.
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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.
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A little later, we came across this..
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Ah... there are clearly many cobras on this mountain. Now I get it... why there are cobras on every temple staircase... amazing creatures.
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Drinking water.
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Silk dresses with silver belts, placed for the spirits.
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There were many coy carp in the large natural pool.
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Life size brass images.

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Overgrown pathways and signs. Quite an amazing place.
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We then rode on to the end of the road and found a farm.
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Two Akha ladies doing embroidery.
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Strawberries and macadamia trees.
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Pink guava and macadamia nut shell.
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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.
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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.
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Next morning, in cool weather we continued north.
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At Sweet Mae Salong.
This is not just a coffee shop. They make the finest hand crafted cakes in the north.
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View across the valley.
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Creme Brulee. Made with imported vanilla from Madagascar and French whipping cream.
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Dropped in to Pa Tueng Onsen Hot Spring in Mae Chan, for a soothing soak.
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Then to Viang Yonok Hotel, Chiang Saen Lake.
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The wonderful cool season sunsets are starting.
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Glorious Chiang Rai, indeed.
 
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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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ianyonok

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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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Thats another trip for the list. I find the Kmt chinese connection interesting. Found the same in Thaton last Gt rider dinner. Thanks Ian.