On our 66 mile (106.6 km) drive today we continued though spectacular mountain scenery and round more sharp corners to our final destination, Mai Hong Son. This remote, small town is just a few kilometers from the Burma border in the far northwest of Thailand – but more about that later.
We made our first stop at a Scenic Lookout and were greeted with superb views of mountains on both sides of the road. As an added bonus for Bill, an old Mustang rally car was parked there and he learned that the Spice Road Classic was passing through this area! The Rally, open to Vintage and Classic cars before 1970, started in Cambodia and would end in Myanmar (Burma). Unfortunately, no other cars came by during our brief stop.
Some 10 miles from Mae Hong Son we arrived at a Fish Cave located in Tham Pla–Namtok Pha Suea National Park. The tree-shaded grounds of the Fish Cave are beautifully maintained and we enjoyed our cool walk along the river to the cave. The fish are a deep blue brook carp and are left unmolested due to being revered by the people. In fact, all the fish looked huge … thanks to the people buying food and feeding them! Refreshments for visitors are available at several food stalls and restaurants at the entrance to the Park. It was a pleasant stop.
Phu Klone Country Club and Beauty Spa
And now for a little pampering! Close to the Park is the Phu Klone Country Club and Beauty Spa. Considered one of the world’s three natural hot springs, the Spa offers a wide range of treatments including facial and body mud treatments, hot spring baths and different types of massage. The mineral rich mud helps to remove toxins and rejuvenate the skin.
Today featured a wonderful mixture of Thai culture, a medical “Resort”, beautiful plants, breathtaking landscapes, and an amazing journey across the mountains of northern Thailand to the town of Pai.
Surprisingly, we weren’t the last of our group to show up at the 6:30am breakfast! Bill is definitely not a “morning” person! An hour later we headed back towards Lamphun for our first experience of a Home Stay village at Huay Sai Kaw.