Hidden behind the glitz, glamour and beaches of Thailand lies a Thailand unknown to the world. A Thailand full of mountains, culture and traditions…come explore this part with Saurabh Khanvilkar. Actually no, he was too busy doing god knows what so here’s Sarah Merchant telling his story.
Photo credit: Mohit Khushalani
Ever since our in-house traveller, Saurabh Khanvilkar, got back from his biking expedition in Northern Thailand, he’s been raving about his experiences there! If having the best time wasn’t enough, he came back with pictures that made us cry. Take a look, while I go pester him to let me ride pillion next time.
Saurabh’s love affair with Thailand started with this bike! Apparently, it’s his dream bike or something, I zoned out when it came to the technical part.
His first pit stop was at this gorgeous waterfall which he conveniently forgot the name of. But we did some research and this mighty waterfall is called Vachiratharn. It’s 80 meters high!
One of the things Saurabh constantly brags about! The ride to Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand.
Such an interesting way to park boats, no?
Saurabh made me add this photo just because he thinks he looks good here. Anyway, the boat ride ends at the Kayan long-neck village.
Welcome to the Kayan long neck village
“Always seen them in travel magazines, never imagined meeting them!” – Saurabh. The women here wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins.
And the biggest and the baddest and the most amazing road of all! The Mae Hong Son Loop with 1864 bends! *Saurabh screams with excitement in the background* (Every single time!)
A little detour to Ban Rak Thai (literally “the Thai-loving village”) is a welcome change from all the hairpin bends. Built around a lake on the Myanmar border, this village has over 800 Chinese immigrants who settled here after the communist takeover of China.
Back again at them bends.
“The strawberries here were so good!” But don’t take my word for it. Apparently they were so delicious, Saurabh ate them all before they got to us.
This bridge was built by the Japanese during World War I.
Behind the scooter is a box where you leave 5 Baht every time you click a photo with it. PS: It’s not mandatory. Saurabh says he put some but we’re not so sure!
Chiang Mai is dotted with such cafes. Such good photo locations *sigh*
No idea what he is up to here!
The food makes us cry!
Just look at this dessert
and the night life too..
*crying* We missed out on this trip but you can still go for it.
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