Mae Hong Son to Chiangmai
After a night in Mae Hong Son, we walked around the town the next day and visited a temple on the side of the mountain which had a great view of the town of Mae Hong Son below. We then left the town and headed south toward Mae Sariang (แม่สะเรียง). We made a detour to see the famous wild sunflower (called Bua Tong by Thais) field in the mountain of Doi Mae U-Kho and to visit Mae Surin Waterfalls (น้ำตกแม่สุรินทร์). The wild sunflowers were in full bloom. What surprised me most was that the place wasn’t packed with people, the advantage of traveling to a more remote area.
We checked into a hotel in Mae Sariang then walked to a restaurant in town for dinner. Next morning we hit the road toward Chiangmai. We stopped at Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand at the elevation of 2,565 m (8,415 ft), and the two chedis — Naphamethinidon (นภเมทินีดล) Chedi and Naphaphonphumisiri (นภพลภูมิสิริ) Chedi. We also visited Wachirathan Falls (น้ำตกวชิรธาร) on the way down from Doi Inthanon. The waterfall was just a few steps from its parking lot but it was more impressive than I anticipated.
We arrived back in Chiangmai in the evening to conclude the tour. Next morning my family flew back to Bangkok. David and I stayed for one more day in Chiangmai to enjoy the city. We loved delicious Thai northern sausages and wanted to have time to buy stuffs we need to take back to Bangkok.
It’s been about a year since we took this road trip through Mae Hong Son with our family. We enjoyed the experience traveling with them, something that we don’t get to do often. We look forward to doing something similar when we are in a Thailand again next year.