Thailand Journals

New Year's Eve with a Thai Hilltribe

A December 2006 trip to Thailand by Richard Cain

Quote: A biking trip to Mae Sariang followed by a unique trekking experience in the mountains on the Thai/Myanmar border.

New Year with the Karen Hilltribes

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This is the second part of a journal entry detailing a few days in on the Thai/Myanmar border near Mae Sariang. The first part describes our journey from Chaing Mai to Mae Sariang and includes a brief tour of the town. In this part we team up with Mr. Adel also known as Salawan tours, for a trek up into the mountains to spend New Year’s Eve with the Karen Hilltribes.We stopped at the town of Mae La Noi an hour or so later to fill up with boxes of noodles and a couple of old hilltribe women. This turns out to be the real start of the trip. We took off up a rough track which goes up and up through the jungle. Up and up and rougher and rougher and then steeper and steeper. As the road is just...Read More

Biking to and around Mae Sariang

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A six lane highway is not quite what I expected from a trip to the Thai-Myanmar border, but that's how it started. Thanks to a booming tourist industry over the last 20 years Thailand now has the best infrastructure of South East Asia and that means plenty of motorways and plenty of traffic. Great if you are in a big bus, but not so great if you’re biking around – especially on the best touring bike in the world – the Honda Dream. Don’t laugh - it’s cheap, reliable, goes like a …dream, and can be fixed anywhere. Me and my partner Jackie had hired a couple of them in Chiang Mai and intended to explore the area around Mae Sariang on the Myanmar border. It was supposed to be less touristy and...Read More