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    Day 8 Pai to Fang, but then a change of plan Part 1
    Set off today with the intentions of going to Fang for the night before moving on to Chiang Rai
    Things did not go according to plan.


    Day 8 Pai to Fang, then on to Chiang Rai by Wayne 66, on Flickr

    Day 8 Pai to Fang, then on to Chiang Rai1 by Wayne 66, on Flickr

    I set off at about 0815hrs towards Fang. The road was up to the usual standard of twists and turns with great scenery. Some of the switchbacks were that sharp my Montana was having a fit and thought I was turning round therefore it was shouting in my ear ‘Recalculating, Recalculating’. There was a lot of mist this morning and it was cold, that cold my hands were going numb. As I climbed higher I came out off the mist and it to the sun, although it was warmer it was still a bit nippy

    As you can see from some of the photos the mist looked like a thick blanket of cotton wool in some place as I was looking down on it


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    As I started to drop down a bit further I came a across a nice looking coffee stop. Had a Latte to warm me up and Strawberry fruit slice, very nice indeed. Then the woman behind the counter gave me a free cup of tea, she must have thought I needed it……I did

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    Day 8 Pai to Fang, but then a change of plan Part 2
    Once I got to Fang I had a ride round, because as I was riding in the first impressions were not good…my assumptions were good and it wasn't very good, I only saw one decent hotel and there was not a great deal in the town. I had a decision to make, stay in Fang or carry on to CR

    CR it was, So I travelled about 5 clicks back in the direction I had just come from then turned onto the 108, straight on to a long straight road, I was hoping that this wasn’t it for the next 100 k’s give or take. I wasn’t disappointed, after about 5 K’s the bends started, it was one of the better roads I have been on

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    In post #21 IMG_0624 it looks like a Witch sat on top of the mile marker. What's that all about?

    I'm loving this report by the way, something I wish I had the guts to do but know I never would.

    Hopefully a lot more to come, as long as the posting problems don't put you off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary & Nok View Post
    In post #21 IMG_0624 it looks like a Witch sat on top of the mile marker. What's that all about?

    I'm loving this report by the way, something I wish I had the guts to do but know I never would.

    Hopefully a lot more to come, as long as the posting problems don't put you off.
    Yes its a Witch, I can't remember what it was all about, its been awhile
    Glad you're enjoying it, will keep posting, still got about 30 days to post yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonerider View Post
    ... will keep posting, still got about 30 days to post yet
    Excellent.
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    Day 8 Pai to Fang, but then a change of plan Part 3
    Eventually got to CR at around 1500hrs and stopped for a drink and looked for a room. Settled on the Red Rose, they have themed rooms. Awesome, and all for the sum of 500 Bht or 10 GBP. Coords N 19.53601 E 099.49779

    Staying here for at least 2 nights, maybe 3 as there are a couple things I want to do.

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    The rooms

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    Day 9 Chiang Rai local Part 1
    Stayed local round CR today and visited 2 temples

    The Black House (Temple) or Thawan Duchanee is about 10 K’s north of CR, coords N19.59516 E099.51617
    It is a bizarre temple but well worth a visit. It reminds me of more of an Occult Temple rather than one to worship a Budda. It was very interesting walking around, and you must look at the toilet! A bit strange I know but it was filled with Phalic symbols, brought tears to my eyes just looking!
    I would recommend it anyone visiting the area, and considering its a Sunday it wasn’t very busy.


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    The Toilet

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    Phalic Symbols

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    Day 9 Chiang Rai local Part 2

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    The White Temple or Wat Rong Khun is about 10 K’s south of CR, coords N19.49447 E099.45766
    Again I would recommend this if you are coming to CR. It is quite a new build compared to some of the other Temples in the area but the work that has gone in to it is very good.
    The main hall has a budda in it but you cant take photos inside, and its shoes off before you go in.
    There are also a lot of tourist type shops to look in as well as a very small museum, where at the end you can watch the craftsmen working.

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    Day 9 Chiang Rai local Part 3

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    One of the things that leaves an indelible impression when visiting Thailand are the many ornate buildings with intricate carving, they're unique. Thailand is such an interesting place, so different from other countries I've been to.

    Riding around the countryside stopping wherever you like, how cool is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marshall View Post
    One of the things that leaves an indelible impression when visiting Thailand are the many ornate buildings with intricate carving, they're unique. Thailand is such an interesting place, so different from other countries I've been to.

    Riding around the countryside stopping wherever you like, how cool is that?

    It was an awesome trip

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    Day 10 Chiang Rai local area
    Had a good relaxed day today, but still went out for a bit of a ride. I did some tracks just to the NW of Chiang Rai. Just nice and steady, nothing too strenuous as I was on my own. All the same it was enjoyable.
    Setting of for further up north tomorrow and passed the Golden Triangle area.


    Day 10 Chinag Rai local area by Wayne 66, on Flickr

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    Day 11 Chiang Rai to Mae Sai Part 1
    Had a steady ride to Mae Sai today.

    Day 11 Chiang Rai to Mae Sai by Wayne 66, on Flickr

    Day 11 Chiang Rai to Mae Sai1 by Wayne 66, on Flickr

    I didn’t go straight up north on route 1, instead I took a more scenic route going north east on the 1232 the on to CHR 4013. I stopped along side the River Kok for a while.
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    From there I crossed the River Kok and went on to the CHR 4050. This took me on to the 1209. Once I got on to the 1098 I came across a really nice Temple area, Wat Muen Budda Mettakhunaram
    Coords from the Montana N20.16547 E99.99552. There was a massive Budda sat on top of a large mound.


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    Day 11 Chiang Rai to Mae Sai Part 2
    Where the 1098 meets up with the 1016 I stopped for my breakfast in Ban Nong Khrok, had a really nice noodle soup, noodles and offal in a soup mix, sounds disgusting but it tasted good.

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    Then it was on to the CHR 4001 heading in a northerly direction still I picked up the CHR 1009/1290 straight in to Mae Sai

    All in all not a bad route and it was a lot better than sitting on a main road.

    Once in Mae Sai it was coffee time and a chance to look for some accommodation. Looked on the usual sites and decided on Kong Kam House, coords from the Montana N20.44442 E99.88199, a nice room for 500 Bht


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    General Pics of Mae Sai

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    Looking at the border with Myanmar

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    The Border Gate

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    Looking back from the border gate

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    Day 11 Chiang Rai to Mae Sai Part 3
    Went out for a wander and came across
    Wat Phra That Doi Wao at the top of a lot of steps. It was worth going to the top and having a look. There is a good view once you get up there, so its well worth the climb. There is a road if you are on a bike or in a vehicle.


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    Looking back down

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    I don't know what the scorpion has to do with the Temple

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    Myanmar

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    Thailand (you can see the border crossing point with the blueish roof on the left)

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    This could go on forever, I just never tire of looking at the pictures. A big thanks from Jan and myself
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    I did some searching on-line for Wat Phra That Doi Wao (the scorpion Temple) it was built by king Wao (whose name means scorpion, or he is associated with keeping scorpions)
    It is a very old temple.

    The clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight

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    Quote Originally Posted by melnathan View Post
    This could go on forever, I just never tire of looking at the pictures. A big thanks from Jan and myself
    Melnathan
    It might just do There is still a lot more, thanks for looking and commenting

    Quote Originally Posted by marshall View Post
    I did some searching on-line for Wat Phra That Doi Wao (the scorpion Temple) it was built by king Wao (whose name means scorpion, or he is associated with keeping scorpions)
    It is a very old temple.

    Thanks for the info, glad your here and enjoying

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    Day 12 Mae Sai to Chiang Khong Part 1
    I had a really good day today and saw some really great sights.

    Day 12 Mae Sai to Chiang Khong by Wayne 66, on Flickr

    Day 12 Mae Sai to Chiang Khong1 by Wayne 66, on Flickr

    I didn’t go straight down the 1290 instead I took a lot of back roads and followed the Ruak River keeping it on my left, this was one a little road which ran between the CHR 1041 and the 1290.
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    Eventually I had to take the 1290 and I passed through a village called Ban Wang Lao, just through the village I climbed a hill to look at the view and take some photos

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    Ban Wang Lao in the distance

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    The first view of the mighty Mekong River


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    Day 12 Mae Sai to Chiang Khong Part 2
    Then it was on to the Golden Triangle area on the 1290, me and the trusty CRF made it after covering 2000km what a journey it been so far and the journey is still only half way through.

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    Where the Ruak River meets the Mekong River

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    The Golden Triangle

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    Laos

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    Myanmar on left and Laos on right

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    Back on the 1290 all the way to Chiang Saen where I stopped and had some breakfast, a nice American Breakfast (as they called it), not a bad spread for a couple of quid.

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