My first stop was Fish Cave, about 15km north of Mae Hong Son on the main road to Pai.
|The walk to the cave.|
|Behold! the golden fish!|
There are signs all along the path pointing to fish cave. I had read that the fish swim into the cave but no one knows where it goes. So I expected a big cave of course... Instead I found this:
|This was it..|
And here they are in video form:
And that's it... All the cave... Not the kind of cave I was expecting. I missed out on Lod cave further back towards Pai which is apparently one of the biggest in the world, so I excepted some of the other caves in the area to be a little more impressive. Anyway, there were fish!
|Here's some rice fields just next to fish cave.|
|A dam I found on the back roads.|
Finally I got to Ban Noi, which is the closest Thai town to the long neck village. There's a short 4wd track that leads to the actual village.
|And here's the entrance.|
|This guy came up to me and was showing me his top which he was failing to spin in the dirt.|
|Some of the souvenir stalls lining the road.|
|This happy looking lady was running the stall|
|Here she is with all her wares.|
After that it was time to head south some more and look for an elephant camp. Which I failed at finding. I did find a lot more police about, which I heard from someone later that day that it was because the ex-wife of one of a Thai prince was in town. She needed the road closed and about 100 police standing about so she could drive places.
And then I found this hot spring:
|Odd colour, smelt of farts again.|
|Or maybe it smelt of .... whatever that is.|