Not a long distance again, but wow what a stunning beautiful part of North Thailand!I started first with exploring the local area of Mae Salong Nok. And the I went along narrow and steep roads to the Thai-Burmese border, passing the famous Doi Thung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden. Then to follow the Thai-Burmese border (within a few meters) and visit a Thai Military base where I was almost being the guest of a VIP Thai travel group (a lot of body-guards walking around). After that riding thru Mae Sai, the gate-way to Burma / Myanmar (international border crossing). Then riding to the infamous Golden Triangle and following the Mekong River until it flows into Laos. The latter was a side-trip to the point where the Mekong River stops being a border between Laos and Thailand (death-end road).
I ended the day in Chiang Khong, another gate-way to Laos since 2013 with a bridge crossing the Mekong River (international border crossing to Luang Prabang). And in the evening I enjoyed good food along my good friend the Mekong River. Anther great day in North Thailand.
The Route : Route 1130 to Mae Sai - Route 1138 to Doi Thung - Route 1149 to Mai Sai (right along the Thai Burmese border) - Route 1 and Route 1290 to Chiang Khong.
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|Mae Salong Nok at 6:30am|
|View point at Mae Salong Nok|
|Maha Santakhiri Pagoda|
|View over Mae Salong Nok|
|Thai Military base along the Thai Burmese border|
|Mae Sai valley|
|Favourite on the road snack|
|My good old friend the Mekong River|
|Along the Mekong River in Chiang Khong|
|View from my room in Chiang Khong|