Chiang Dao – Karens tribe – Ban Yang (factory) – Doi Anghhang – Ban Tha Ton, or New Year in Thailand (Mae Hong Son loop, the north of Thailand)
Русская версия We are continuing to tell the story about the sights of northern Thailand accessible by bike along Mae Hong Son Loop. After visiting Pai and getting into the bike accident, we headed towards Chiang Rai. On the way, as it turned out, there were a lot of things to see.
In the morning, we started from Chiang Dao and turned away from out route to see the village of Karens tribe. You might remember that Karen tribe is also called the long-neck tribe, they as if wear rings on their necks and joints, which makes their necks and joints longer than usual people have. Yet, this whole story is a tourist fairy-tale: Karens are brought from Burma by local businessmen who then put rings on Karens and settle them in the zoo-type villages: tourists pay to visit them.
Русская версия To begin with, the main thing to know about Issyk-Kul is that it is divided into two sides: the northern, which is also more touristic, and the southern, wilder part.
Русская версия After visiting the Chinese village of Ban Rak Thai, on Mae Hong Son Loop of northern Thailand we planned to visit Pai. On the way, we stopped at several other tourist places, first of all, the Fish Cave.
Русская версия After having some rest from Pamir adventures, in Kyrgyz Osh, we departed for new adventures: to the famous Sary-Chalek lake.
Русская версия When we were going to China, Malaysia, and Vietnam before the Chinese New Year 2014, many people tried to urge us against doing so. The problem is that the time before and during the New Year is characterized with lots of migrations: everyone goes to visit his or her relatives and friends just like we do before the New Year and Christmas. That is why the borders, the roads, and the transport are overloaded and this is not the best time for travelling. But we did not have another choice, and travelled anyway.
Русская версия Continuing our trip in the North of Thailand and Mae Hong Son Loop, we started from Mae Sariang to Chinese Ban Rak Thai early in the morning. Thailand is considered to be a warm country, but mornings on bike are rather cold and uncomfortable. Moreover, during the first hour the road was quite boring, but also almost free of traffic. After the sun came out, and the first pictures were made, the trip became much more fun.