Doi Mae Salong

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  1. DavidFL

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    #26 DavidFL, Oct 10, 2010
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    Tony
    Yeah you've gotta do Doi Mae Salong - delightful place & unique in Thailand like that, up in the mountains.
    Getting there is always a fantastic ride.
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    Check out the GT Rider Doi Mae Salong website
    https://www.gt-rider.com/tour-options/chiang-rai/doi-mae-salong-information
    for lots of info on the history of Doi Mae Salong & it's attractions.

    It's always an adventure ride there & some of the bikes breakdown, once you get there.
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    You always meet interesting people in Doi Mae Salong, & Khun Wan head of OTOP & Tourism Development for Doi Mae Salong is one of them.
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    Wan deep in conversation with GT Riders John Gooding, Ben Kemp & Tom Forde, & discussing tourism at Little Home Guesthouse in DMS.

    In Doi Mae Salong the Chom View is a new popular karaoke pub & restaurant
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    like most places it hangs off the side of the hill & has a view.
    The food must be good, because I've never seen so much food on the table of the 20 odd karachagans sitting at the other table, eating, drinking & singing poorly.
    Unfortunately we never got to try any food, because I think it was all gone that night. However "we shall return."

    With no food we retreated to the Shin Sane, ate & still felt hungry so ordered banana pancakes with ice cream all round
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    with the staff popping down the hill on a Honda Dream to buy the ice cream for us from 7-11 store. Yes we have banana pancakes, but no ice cream, however we will go & buy the ice cream for you! Talk about service. Try that in farang country.

    A late night it was not & David Unk was up at sunrise :shock:
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    much to JG's disbelief.

    Akhas & the Doi Mae Salong morning market
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    Doi Mae Salong early morning
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    Of note in Doi Mae Salong is that Joyce from Baan Bon Doi has gone. Although she's rumoured to be coming back in 4 months.

    Witoon at Little Home was impressed with JG's new bike
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    Riding buddies for this DMS ride
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    Picking out the right coffee beans to make a good cuppa
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    and you always get a good cuppa at Sweet Mae Salong run by Ton & Mee.
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    & there's plenty of tea around too
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    Fantastic! :clap:
     
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    Hi David,
    Just got back from Khorat, so I am a bit late on a response.
    An excellant fast ride up to DMS and no rain!
    The young guy, Witoon who is a mad biker himself was a great help on one of the few times old Doris let me down. Or should I say, lack of maintence on my part in not checking my battery acid level after 6 months in the south.
    Witoon, who runs the 'little home guest house', was so forthcoming, he helped me get the battery out of the bike and took it down to the local bike shop for a check up and charge, this was at 7.30pm and returned it to me the next morning at 7.00am, fully charged at no cost.
    I gave him 100bht on top of the 400bht he charged for the rooms.
    I would recommend his guest house anytime.
    Cheers
    Tom
     
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    After my visa run to Mae Sai / Tachilek I meandered my way up to Doi Mae Salong. After getting lost, err, having fun heading to Thoet Thai, I turned around and made it to Little Home Guesthouse mid-afternoon. (See thread under Mae Salong accommodation).

    The chedi is absolutely stunning. The first time I saw it I told myself that I would come back and actually get up there and check it out.
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    After meeting John Gooding (It's a Small World) I took up his recommendation and went down to Sweet Maesalong Coffee Shop. Great view and great little snack!
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    View of the tea shop across the way
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    This could be our next t-shirt
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    Being taught how to make tea the proper way
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    Another shot of the chedi
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    View of Mae Salong as I walked back up to Little Home
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    I got a decent night's rest and arose pretty early to hit the market and walk, yes walk, up the 718 steps to the chedi.
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    I brought a heavy vest with me as it was pretty cool that morning and I heard it would be a few degrees cooler at the summit. 10 minutes later I was sweating bullets. The only thing that kept me going was the 80-year-old man constantly on the move to overtake me. I was huffing and puffing and he was smiling away.
    After 5 rests I made it up to the top. It was worth it.

    Just after sunrise
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    I was really sweating here
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    I should have brought my chain lube and slid down the handrail
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    Spectacular
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    Looking out from my room in Little Home
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    And then I was off on my way after some lovely Thai soup.......... ;-)
     
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