Jan 28, 2008

Mud Therapy at Phu Klon

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Phu klon geographically means a mud source and natural mineral spring which is between 60-140 C. Rising together with the mineral water; boiling black mud is clean, free from sulfur smell and full of healthy mineral for the skin and blood circulation.. See the homepage of Phu Klon Country Club with more informations. Phu Klon Country Club



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Mae Aw Chinese Village and Pang Ung Lake

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Mae Aw Chinese Village



Mae Aw lies near the Burmese Border. Thai name: Ban Rak Thai บ้านรักไทย. This is a village founded by Kuomintang soldiers. Mae Aw is famous for its tea cultivation and Yunnan food, that you can enjoy at the restaurant and shops around a small square. You can buy ginseng, jasmine, oolong and green teas, as well as Chinese teapots and cups. More: Read here: Chiangmainews. And here background about the immigration of Muslim Chinese from Yunnan to Northern Thailand Muslim Chinese A festival is held in February to promote tea products. You follow hot tea tasting, tea-making demonstrations combined with cultural shows. Visitors can also ride a horse around the village. Sleepeing there. See picture by Buddhamountain.


Mae Aw, also called Ban Rak Thai, picture by Neo


Pang Ung Lake
Also written Pang Oong sometimes.

Not far from Mae Aw lies Pang Ung, known for its production coffee beans. Pang Ung was a reforestation project by Queen Sirikit. A few kilometers out of the village there ist a lake, a water reservoir, surrounded by pines with a camping area. The lake is covered by fog in the early morning, until the sunshine comes. Very romantic! A road runs along the lake to a green hill, where there are some guesthouses: Pang Ung Garden Houses (Phone 01-992-9891, 01-783-3981). Find more information: guesthouses.


Pictures of the lake at Photography Thai Online Magazine ความงดงาม แห่งปางอุ๋ง


Pang Ung Lake


Tents under the pines



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Map of Mae Aw



On the way to Mae Aw and Pa Ung you pass Pang Tong Palace near Mok Cham Pae, open every day from 8.30 am till 4.30 pm.



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Jan 27, 2008

Huay Pu Keng, Karen Village

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On Pai River to Huay Pukaen

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Karen village Huay Pukaen (Thai name: Ban Nam Phiang Din)

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Huay Pu Keng is reached by boat on the Pai River and lies near the Burmese boarder. Karen refugees from Burma are living here and in other villages and making their money with tourism, showing their longneck women and selling their products. There is a lot of controversy about their conditions of living. More on: Karen Center and Huay Pukaen Info Read Background story and also this Background story
Ban Nam Phiang Din is the Thai name of the village. The people are known as Kayan. In Burmese they are called Padoung. Listen to Karenni Music


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Reading near the school

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See also this video about the Karen and the situation with human rights in Myanmar (Burma) by burmariders



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Mae Hong Son แม่ฮ่องสอน temples

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Mae Hong Son - seen from Doi Kong Mu temple trough the mist


Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu วัดพระธาตุดอยกองมู:







Wat Chong Khlang วัดจองกลาง:



Wat Chong Khlang, built around 1860, contains a Vihara housing a replica of the Phra Phuttha Sihing image brought from Burma in 1857. It has been gilded with gold leaf. Near the main altar are you see nearly 200 paintings in glass of the Phra Vejsandorn Jataka (tales of the previous lives of the Buddha). Then you find thirty-three wooden human and animal figures representing scenes from the Vessantara Jataka. They were carved by burmese artisans and taken from Burma in 1857.






Wat Chong Khlang


Wat Chong Kham วัดจองคำ:
Wat Chong Kham lies beneath Wat Chong Klang. Both temples are built in burmese style.
It was the oldest wat in Mae Hong Son, founded in 1827 by the Shan ruler Phaya Singhanataraj. But it burnt down and had to be reconstructed in the 1970. The viharn is graced with a seven-layer pyatthat (multi-tiered spire).


The viharn with a seven-layer pyatthat




Night has fallen on the temples and the lake. Picture by fredalix - อาลิกส์



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Mae Hong Son แม่ฮ่องสอน Night Market

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When the light is fading, the streets near the lake are closed for the traffic and everybody is preparing for the night market.




At the nightmarket you can buy art and handcrafts from hilltribe people, for example Lisu and Hmong. Your eyes will be amazed by clothings, bags, embroideries or jewels. And your tongue will be delighted by what the food hawkers are selling.



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Charming Mae Hon Son แม่ฮ่องสอน

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Mae Hong Son, seen from Wat Kong Mu, picture by valkie76

The City of the three mists: This is the nickname of Mae Hong Son. Then it has dewy mist during the winter, smog from forest fires in the summer and rainy mist in the rainseason. And this gives the province with the highest mountains in Thailand a magical touch. Mae Hong Son town lies in a deep valley, betweem deep forest on the slopes. Different cultures are mixing in the town: The shans - their origin is in Burma - live in the city. Karen, Lisu, Mhong, Lahu, and Lua live in the hills (more than sixty percent of the population of the province).


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Read this Background story and read about Mae Hong Sons history



The lake in Mae Hong Son centre.


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See a video by luaz about a half-day-tour from Mae Hong Son


Poi Sang Long Festival งานประเพณีปอยส่างลอง
The ordination of the Shan boys, the Poy Sanglong Festival, is held between march and may. The candidate-novices, their heads shaven and wrapped with cloth in the Burmese style, wear a noble garment, jewels and gems. They ride horses or are carried over the shoulders of men to the temple. On the day before the ordination a procession of offerings and other personal belongings parades through the streets of Mae Hong Son to the monastery. See video on youtube.


See video by Hegede: Hanging around in Mae Hong Son


Wanhaetianpunsa - celebration in Mae Hong Son: See a video by vlastakotyk



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The Mae Hong Son Loop


View from Kiu Lom Viewpoint towards East



View from Kiu Lom towards West



View towards a Village near Soppong






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Pai Mo Paeng Waterfall

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Pai Kongland




















Kongland is in Ban Rong Yang, 7 Kilometer from Pai. It is an erording cliff.



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The King in Pai

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Lanna - One million rice fields

Lanna (English One Million Rice Fields, Thai: ล้านนา) was a kingdom in the north of Thailand around the city of Chiang Mai. It consisted of several partly independent city-states. It was also referred to sometimes as Lanna Thai.
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This Blog is about my journey in Northern Thailand. I hope to give you a lot of impressions and help you with my links to get useful informations for your journey.

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Amazing temples in Pai

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Wat Klang:

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Wat Klang is near the Bus-Station. A Chedi of Thai Yai style stands in the center. It's surrounded by low Mon Chedis, with Buddha images of the seven days of the week in niches More about Temple

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Wat Pa Kham วัดปะคำ: See picture by paiexplorer.com and Philip Roeland and by CoZy Pretty Things


Wat Phra That Mae Yen:










Wat Nam Hoo: Also Wat Nam Hu





Wat Nam Ho, 3 Kilometer from Pai, contains a sacred Chiang Saen Buddha Image named "Un-Mueang". And the ashes of Princess Supankunya are enshrined in the pagoda.



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