I left Mae Hong Son and headed towards Mae Chaem which is a small town near the base of Doi Inthanon. I spent most of the day riding through roads like this:
|On the right is Doi Inthanon, I think. I looks like that anyway.|
|Some cows at the top of this pass (about 1300m)|
|Wait... What country is this? Also, the sky was particularly clear and blue so the polariser almost removed it.|
|Doi Inthanon from the back of Mae Chaem Resort. It's 2565m tall and this photo was taken at 640m. It really doesn't look that impressive from here.|
|The field behind my little bungalow.|
|Doi Inthanon from a bit closer, at about 1200m here.|
|Stairs leading up to the actual top, guarded by stone elephants.|
|The elephants accept donations.|
|The highest point I've been on land! A new personal record for me and my bike! The previous record was 2032m in Malaysia.|
|The memorial. People would buy flowers further down the mountain and then leave them here.|
|A little elephant, guarding his ashes.|
|More of the memorial.|
|Stairs to the cafe.|
|Ha! Beat that, bikes that have not been here!|
|Looking over the edge...|
I headed down to the next big stop with a better view off the mountian. There are two Chedis on the top of the mountain (which you can see from Mae Chaem) for the King and Queen.
|This is the Chedi for the King.|
I went to visit both of them which is rather easy because this is how you get up there:
There are signs up warning not to do anything to stressful because of the altitude but this was only at 2200m. I felt fine but I still took the escalator!
|Panorama time! Sky darkened by the polariser. On the left it was whiter cloud/smog/mist and the right had more smoke.|
|Really dark sky, thanks to polariser. The sky was actually very bright and almost hurt to look at.|
|That's Mae Chaem down in there.|
|Looking across to the chedi for the Queen.|
|The garden at the top.|
|Odd little face smashed in thing...|
|Ornamental cabbages! Ha! I know what they are! Actually I'm not sure, there was a sign, but not sure if it was referring to these.|
|The road down.|
|More of the road...|
First off was Siriphum Falls.
|This was in the park below the falls.|
|The actual falls... No idea how I get closer to there.|
|Now, right in the middle of this photo is a very rare bird apparently. A white crested something or another that migrates from Nepal. There was a group of birders there and one was very happy to see this and pointed it out to me.|
|The actual falls.|
Next was just a short ride, and a lonnnnggg 500meter very hot trek to Mae Pan Falls. There was a fork in one part of the trail so I took the way that looked correct. This path ended up on the rocks, so I climbed over the rocks to try get a better view of the main falls. Then I could see a sign up a little higher, so after a short climb I ended up back on the path I should have taken...
|Base of the falls with a little rainbow action.|
|The full falls!|
|This was the path I should have taken...|
And then that was all my fun for the day...
Today I'll head back to Chiang Mai via some more waterfalls (and maybe the summit of Doi Inthanon again).