I’m still in hippy happy Pai and it feels I’m continuously living in the moment right now. It feels amazing because of all the inspiration I get and all the new ideas. My travel buddy Rob and I wanted to escape Pai for a bit to explore more of Northern Thailand, so we decided to travel to Mae Hong Son. I am telling you: it was the most beautiful road trip I ever did in my 24-year-old life and here is why:
Get off the touristy tracks and go on adventure to Mae Hong Son
Rent a scooter for 100 baht a day at The Yaya scooter shop in the center of Pai, fill the tank for 80 baht and hit the road. I promise you won’t regret this because you can enjoy mother nature in all her glory like you never did before.
It takes about 2 hours to drive to Mae Hong Son, be careful though because it might take you up to 6 hours to get to the little town because there is a chance you want to stop everywhere. The mountains and clouds were so mystical that we needed to absorb everything in.
Looking at the mountains you feel so small, but at the same time so big, because you almost feel like a god or goddess when you are one with the roads. We saw sleepy villages and pigs and chickens roaming around.
At one time we almost ended up at the border of Myanmar, because I had a feeling I needed to follow a specific road. We checked Maps.me and I couldn’t believe that we were only 5 km away from the border.
In Northern Thailand, there are a lot of caves to check out and the most famous in the area is Cave Lodge also known as Tham Pha Puak (white cliff cave). You can explore the cave with a tour guide on a bamboo raft for 500 baht (share the costs) and if you are comfortable enough to walk around in the dark and see some tiny/big spiders then there’s even the possibility for you to do a longer trekking in Cave Lodge. I feel kind of tough now that I survived that cave. Mama I made it. Dreamy bamboo bridges and rice paddies in Mae Hong Son
Just 15 km outside of Mae Hong Son you can find the bamboo bridge of faith. The bridge is 500 meter long and links the temple from one side to the village. The locals came together to build the bamboo bridge so they could easily walk to the Buddhist temple. It rained once we got to the bridge, but that really didn’t matter because the place is really photogenic and peaceful.
This quote suits our roadtrip so well, so if you got the chance to go to Mae Hong Son: go for it! I would never forget the most epic roadtrip ever.
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