Wednesday, June 15, 2016

China Border Ride, Day 4 : Mae Sot – Mae Hong Son

Ride Itinerary:

Day 2 : Surat Thani – River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
Day 3 : Kanchanaburi – Mae Sot
Day 4 : Mae Sot – Mae Hong Son
Day 5 : Mae Hong Son - Pai
Day 6 : Pai
Day 7 : Pai – Chiang Rai
Day 8 : Chiang Rai – Huay Xai, Laos
Day 9 : Huay Xai – China Border, Boten
Day 10 : Huay Xai – Chai Nat
Day 11 : Chai Nat – Hua Hin
Day 12 : Hua Hin – Hatyai
Day 13 : Hatyai – KL

Day 4 : Mae Sot – Mae Hong Son

We left Mae Sod at 6.00 o'clock in the morning for Mae Hong Son's 1864 Corners, the day was still dark as we left the town.. As we were entering Route 105, that leads to Mae Sariang, the road was slippery and the condition was foggy..

The Mae Sod - Mae Sariang route is also known for Border Route as you'll be riding along the river which separates Myanmar and Thailand... Myanmar will always be in your sight when you ride along this route...

The distance between Mae Sod and Mae Sariang is only
230 km on Route 105.. it is just a short ride but it was an easy ride as it was hardly to meet any incoming vehicles... the road was empty for most of the time...

Upon reaching Mae Sariang, we stopped for breakfast at restaurant which sells great Khao Mun Gai and Iced Cafe Latte... Mae Sariang is a small town that located in between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai.. hence the road condition on Route 108 to Mae Hong Son from Mae Sariang is better and wider than the previous road (Mae Sod to Mae Sariang route)..

Starting from Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son, the road corners were medium and long corners... we encountered lots of chicanes..
beautiful chicanes especially when riding the heavy tourer; Road Glide and Road King..

Finally, we reached Mae Hong Son.. we really enjoyed riding on Route 108 to Mae Hong Son and because the ride was so amazing, we even thought of making another run to Mae Sariang and back to Mae Hong Son again...

Grabbed lunch and not to forget, the Mae Hong Son's 1864 Corners Certificate at the Mae Hong Son Council Municipal which is located few meters of Baiyoke Chalet... I was so proud to receive my Fourth certificate.. What a great self-achievement!!!

We checked in at The Imperial Mae Hong Son Resort and we received a warm welcome by the hotel staff.. They insisted us to park our Harley Davidson bikes in front of the entrance stairways.. where we saw other bikes, such as BMW and Ducati, were parked at the motorcycle parking bay.. That’s the privilege of riding Harley Davidson in Thailand..

Our Harley Davidson bikes parked in front of the hotel entrance

Then i brought Otai to a Wat Phrathat Doi Kongmu temple at the peak of Mae Hong Son Doi Kongmu mountain. From this temple, you could see the view of Mae Hong Son town. Not many people know that this is the best view point of Mae Hong Son town from this temple. You could see the airport, lake and another temple next to the lake.

For Dinner, we had grilled Tilapia fish with sticky rice and thai salad, khao pad thalay (fried rice with seafood) and Kluai Buad Chi (Thai sweet banana in coconut milk dessert) at the night market next to the Lake Jong Kham and Wat Jong Kham Temple.

Before we went back to Imperial Hotel, we went to a bar to check out live music and had couple of drinks although the night was still early..

Total distance from Mae Sod to Mae Hong Son is almost 400 km and took us nearly 7 hours which includes coffee breaks, lunch and photo shoot stops.. That is one of the reasons why I always prefer to leave Mae Sot early in the morning..


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