North Thailand Great Views 2010

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  1. helbob

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    North Thailand Great Views 2010, Part 11
    This year i had 4 weeks in north thailand, complete distance 6000km. I make some trips with 2 groups. The first group with 3 friends, the other with one friend. The loops start in chiang mai and go to Khun Yuam or Mae Hong Son, then to Pai, Thaton, Mae Salong, Chiang Rai River (My Dream Guesthouse), Chiang Rai. We rent the motorbike, a Kawasaki KLX 250 from Pop because last year good service (this year too). The price was 600 Baht per day when you rent up 2 weeks. The pictures from the different places:

    Outlook from the shortcut Mae Salong to 1089
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    Wat Rong Khun, 10km south of Chiang Rai, no fee
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    Wat Rong Khun, everything handmade
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    Near finished, great
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    Many things to see in the workshops of Wat Rong Khun
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    Another building at Wat Rong Khun place
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    Wat Rong Khun
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    Wat Rong Khun
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    Map from the north river area of Chiang Rai
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    A small path on Huay Mea Sai Waterfall
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    Rice plant
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    Small village near Loh Bue (in the north of Mae Kok River, Chiang Rai)
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    More will follow in the next days
     
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    North Thailand Great Views 2010, Part 12
    This year i had 4 weeks in north thailand, complete distance 6000km. I make some trips with 2 groups. The first group with 3 friends, the other with one friend. The loops start in chiang mai and go to Khun Yuam or Mae Hong Son, then to Pai, Thaton, Mae Salong, Chiang Rai River (My Dream Guesthouse), Chiang Rai. We rent the motorbike, a Kawasaki KLX 250 from Pop because last year good service (this year too). The price was 600 Baht per day when you rent up 2 weeks. The pictures from the different places:

    Mmhh pigs....
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    Doi Chang Shop on 1215m, good coffee. This was a long tour from Chiang Rai, on the river to Wawi, over the Doi Chang to Chiang Mai.
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    Doi Chang coffee
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    Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the people like Thaksin
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    Dirt Road Chiang Mai - Khun Yuam, a nice place on 1650m
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    Not far to Khun Yuam
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    After 190km at the temple in Khun Yuam
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    Good coffee
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    Rak Thai, near Mae Hong Son
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    More will follow in the next days
     
  3. helbob

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    North Thailand Great Views 2010, Part 13
    Our hardest daytour: We start at 7.00 a.m. in Mae Hong Son to Thaton at 7 p.m. About 200 km concrete street and 200 km dirt road.

    Mae Hong Son Temple on the mountain
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    Mae Hong Son Temple on the mountain
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    Mae Hong Son Temple on the mountain
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    Mae Hong Son Temple on the mountain
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    Praying Mantis
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    Thaton: The way to the collapsed road on the border
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    Uncle Jacks Hide Away in Fang, good food and nice place
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    The sign to doi Phahompok, but they want 200 baht each, later 200 together, but we not go
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    Wat Thaton in the night
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    Mae Salong: Bungalow of Little Home, very nice
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    More will follow in the next days
     
  4. Franz

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    Helbob, perfect reports as always but what is most amazing are the quality fotos you took, none others are matching yours in this site both for the scenery/objects and the sharpness & perfect colour balance. The ones from the Wat at night just prove this. Keep them coming !!! Rgds, Franz
     
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    Thanks Franz, i try to do my best. Sometimes it was not easy to find a good colour balance when the wheater is cloudy. The first two weeks are very clear in north thailand, the second two weeks many times dusty.

    North Thailand Great Views 2010, Part 14
    This year i had 4 weeks in north thailand, complete distance 6000km. I make some trips with 2 groups. The first group with 3 friends, the other with one friend. The loops start in chiang mai and go to Khun Yuam or Mae Hong Son, then to Pai, Thaton, Mae Salong, Chiang Rai River (My Dream Guesthouse), Chiang Rai. We rent the motorbike, a Kawasaki KLX 250 from Pop because last year good service (this year too). The price was 600 Baht per day when you rent up 2 weeks. The pictures from the different places:

    Mae Salong: You can buy tea (200g for 250 baht) or coffee (200g for 150 baht)
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    Dirt road Mae Salong - Thoed Thai
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    Near Thoed Thai
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    Mae Salong - Huai Mae Kham, near the end a very bad street
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    Huai Mae Kham supermarket, funny
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    Huai Mae Kham
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    The way back to Mae Salong
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    Near Mae Salong
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    Sunset Mae Salong
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    Mae Salong
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    North Thailand Great Views 2010, Part 15

    Mae Salong: Chinese Memorial Museum
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    Mae Salong: a new small stupa near Chinese Memorial Museum
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    Great view to Mae Salong
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    Great view to Mae Salong
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    Great view to Mae Salong
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    On the teaplantage in Mae Salong
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    Gasoline station Mae Salong
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    Little Home Mae Salong
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    Mae Kok River, about 40km from Chiang Rai
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    Small bungalow of My Dream Guesthouse, 25km from Chiang Rai
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  7. fir_chan

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    Great Pics!!!

    Having read and seen your posts... i have since gotten myself a GF1 as well. Hope to capture beautiful sceneries like you have!

    Will be heading up North Thailand this coming Oct and hope the weather is as beautiful as it was for you!! Will add onto the many pics on this thread!!
     
  8. helbob

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    2 GPX Files of the Burma Border Tours

    MaeSalongBorder.gpx, 32km, most dirt road, Start in Mae Salong goes up to armeecamp on 1700m. On the armeecamp left only a small path, not easy to see on the camp.

    ThatonMilitaerstrecke106km.gpx, 106km, most concret street, Start in Thaton and goes up to also 1700m. Notice: When you can speak thai the armee let you up, if you look like a tourist maybe they don't let you up because some acciedents last time. Near the highest point the street is collapsed (you saw it on my pics), only about 10 meters a small path.

    You must right klick, then save target......
    http://www.helbob.de/php-dateimanager/webuploads/MaeSalongBorder.gpx

    http://www.helbob.de/php-dateimanager/webuploads/ThatonMilitaerstrecke106km.gpx

    helbob
     
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    Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing!
    Chris
     
  10. helbob

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    North Thailand Great Views 2010, Part 17

    Nighttime on the street up to Doi Suthep, fatantastic, better than on the daytime
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    Near Doi Inthanon
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    Nice Cabbage on Doi Inthanon Garden
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    The hardcore tour from doi suthep to samoeng
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    Everyday a good look: Temple in Mae Hong son
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    Cafe/Restaurant „Meeting“ on the lake in Mae Hong Son
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    Morning in Mae Hong Son: Up on the hill the small buddha....
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    ....and behind the bigger one
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    Exploring Tham Lot Cave
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    Checkpoint Doi Li Ki, a dirt road between Pai and Tham Lot Cave
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    Best point over the pass near Pai
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    Same place as the last pic
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    Doi Ang Khang in the mountains
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    A Monastery on a lonely street to Pan Khong (north of Mae Hong Son)
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    Crossing through the mountains
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    Great thread,fantastic pics.

    So much to see off the beaten track in northern Thailand.
     
  12. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

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    Thanks for nice comments :p
    It was 2 hours work last night ;)
    Some of these tracks in the gps map too.
     
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    What an unbelievable set of trip reports and photos.
    The photos are stunning. What a camera and what a photographer! ;-)

    I thought the only thing to see on Doi Inthanon was the "Highest Point" sign, but you have made the mountain come alive with your photos.
    Fishenough is trying to get me to go there, and I think it will happen soon.

    Thanks!
     
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    For some reason I have not seen this post until now.
    It is said 'a picture speeaks a thousand words', but the photos here prove clearly that a photo speaks ten thousand words.
    Nothing short of sensational!
     
  15. helbob

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    Thank you very much :thumbup:
     
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    Same as Rod :) ! Did not see the pictures at first posting ... but never too late. Thank you for sharing this nice and interesting bunch of illustrations for our region.
     
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    275006=7840-P1000531. Pic from Mae Hong Son 31/12-2011
     
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