“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow…” - Helen Keller
|(Take five on top of the mountain)|
Day 18: Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016
Route: Mae Hong Son – Mae Sariang - Mae Sot
Distance: 396 km
Hotel: Suan Darb Porn Resort
We visited the Chamber of Commerce before we started riding out of Mae Hong Son through the winding road on Route 108 along the Namtok Mae Surin National Park. The weather was cool and sunny and the ride was smooth. On the way we stopped at a small town of Khun Yuam for refuelling and a short rest.
We arrived in Mae Sariang just in time for lunch at a Muslim Restaurant near the Masjid Jameatulislam. We rode on towards Mae Sot passing many more National Parks. The Route 105 is in excellent condition except for a 5 km stretch of unpaved road still under massive repair works, dusty and dangerously slippery.
We passed many road blocks as the Route 105 runs along the Myanmar border all the way from Mae Sariang to Mae Sot. We arrived at Mae Sot around 5:30 pm and checked in Suan Darb Porn Resort for Baht700/night.
We had dinner at a Muslim Restaurant in town. Tonight while drinking hot coffee, the gang sat together to have a post-mortem review on the trip so far and candidly discussed on future trips. Tomorrow Pok Deng and family will split ways at Tak to travel westwards towards Phetchabun.
|(Early morning group photo)|
|(A visit to the Chamber of Commerce)|
|(Riding early in the morning)|
|(A safe distance in the thick mist)|
|(Passing a crowded town)|
|(Coffee and toilet break)|
|(Another rest area on the mountain top)|
|(Having lunch next to the Mae Sariang Mosque)|
|(Passing through many military road blocks)|
|(Five kilometers of unpaved dusty road)|
|(A short break from the dusty road)|
|(Riding carefully on a slippery wet road)|
|(Hill tribe villages along route 105)|