Cnx-samoeng-pong-kwao-hot-springs

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Reposting an old thread from 2009 that I can now see went missing in a forum software changeover.

9.11.2009
Indeed one of Chiang Mai’s best “secrets” :

The Pong Kwao Hot Springs

Took a run out to Pong Khwao today (9.11.2009) with James from Citylife magazine.

We went the “back way” via Mae Khi – Mae Pa – Pong Khwao & returned Pong Khwao – Mae Pa – Ban Pok – Samoeng – “Hang Dong” – the canal road / home to Cnx.

En route you have to stop at the old treasure house Coffee House by Hmong Lodge.

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The way Mae Khi – Mae Pa
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Blue sky & puffy whites
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The Pong Khwao Hot Springs grounds
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And true to Pong Khwao form it was a full house
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of empty chairs = we were the only customers!

But at least the Mayflower was in
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Need a hot bath
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the way to go

Pick a hut
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Or pick a tub
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If there’s no one around it might not be easy to get much food out of the kitchen; James & I were hungry but were well satisfied with a double serving of fried mama noodles & pork. Yum Yum. Basic but delicious.

Riding back to Samoeng from Mae Pa was a westward journey – into the setting sun; so my hot tip is do what we did in reverse.
Take the south route from Chiang Mai to Samoeng, and then ride Samoeng – Ban Pok – Mae Pa – Pong Khwao. Return Pong Khwao – Mae Pa – Mae Khi – Mae Rim – Chiang Mai.

Note too that Mae Khi – Mae Pa is now all asphalt, as is Mae Pa – Samoeng; but there is still some dirt on the Tung Ting – Samoeng sector.

This little day trip is a perfect Honda Dream / D-Tracker ride with lovely winding steep narrow rural back roads. Check it out soon while it is still all green!
 

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