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Say Hello Wave Goodbye

November 19th, 2009 at 18:54

I am now in the middle of my 5 towns in 5 nights tour of NW Thailand.  Briefly back to being an attration to the locals, I am enjoying the time away from the big cities and getting waves and hellos as I walk down the street. The following is a rundown of the past 2 days in the life of Micah.

Mae Hong Son: The ride in from Pai was stimulating, as we crossed 2 mountain passes and enjoyed stunning views of the valleys. The prize of the town is Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, a temple complex on top of a hill that overlooks the town.

Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son

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It was another long hike up, but this time I was able use a finely crafted set of brick stairs and inclines.  There were a handful of other Wats for me to explore as well as a night market set up on the main streets. One Wat was just across a pond from my guest house and gets lit up at night (like most tourists, but in a different way).

Wat Mai Chom Khang

Wat Mai Chom Khang

I had plans to wake up early the next day, and climb back up to the Wat on the hill. But went back to sleep, when I saw that there was no fog around to provide me what Lonely Planet had described. One last note: the few Farang I have seen, have been middle aged, possibly Dutch, and seem to move in herds.

Mae Sariang: The towns get smaller, less touristy, and more peaceful. I almost wish I had more time and less to see, that way I could spend another day here just sitting by the river.  My room at the guest house, though small, opens up to a deck overhanging the river. Plus, it has been the least expensive of my trip.

My place is the white deck on the right.

My place is the white deck on the right.

Not much else to do here, which is fine by me. All of these towns serve as jumping off points for guided treks into the jungle. I have opted against spending a day and the money to do such a thing. Although, I will not rule out the possibility of partaking down south.

Now, off to find supper and possibly some more light reading by the river. And by the way Lucas, I am enjoying it but have only gotten about 120 pages down so far. It took me a while to get used to the names and achieve the concentration necessary for such writing. Hope life is treating you all better than it should. รู้สึก ง่าย สงบ สุข

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One Response to “Say Hello Wave Goodbye”

  1. Miriam Hoelter Says:

    Micah – The Brothers Karamazov gets easier as you get more into it. The most discussed section is the Grand Inquisition, where, I believe, God is kind of “on trial”. I think Dmitri is the brother who is the believer/priest and such a noble character. I am glad you are reading it. Lance Reppert considered it the greatest book ever. Love to you. Mom