Four day trip to Mae Hong Son for Ok Phansa

This week I’m on a four day trip to Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. The purpose is to take pictures of activities marking the end of the three month long Buddhist Lent. These are some of the pictures that I tweeted live during the trip.

Trip dates: 5-8 October 2014

Good morning from Suvarnabhumi Airport. I’m flying North today to take pictures at a festival in Mae Hong Son.

My first meal in Northern Thailand is of course Khao Soi.

Ob Luang National Park in Chiang Mai. Known as the “Grand Canyon of Thailand”

Ob Luang National Park, Chiang Mai, has good walks through the forest. Entrance is 200B for foreigners 20B for Thais.

Boa Kaew Silvicultural Reserch Station in Chiang Mai.

Memorial of Japanese Soldiers in Khun Yuam district of Mae Hong Son.

DAY TWO: Good morning from Mae Hong Son. Mist on the hills behind Wat Chong Klang.

Two monks & 2 novices receiving alms from 2 Thais & being watched over by 2 stray dogs in Mae Hong Son.

Always worth getting up early to take pictures of Buddhist monks on their morning alms round #Thailand

The morning market in Mae Hong Son.

Pictures of Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu in Mae Hong Son.

Aerial view of Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand.

Pictures of Wat Chong Kam & Wat Chong Klang in Mae Hong Son in Thailand.

Taking a boat to visit a Long Neck Hill Tribe in Mae Hong Son.

It costs 600B to rent a boat to the Long Neck Hilltribe village in Mae Hong Son + 250B/person for entrance to village.

Pictures from the Long Neck Hilltribe village in Ban Huay Pu Kaeng, Mae Hong Son.

View looking down on Mae Hong Son city & airport in Northern Thailand.

6:10pm The Chong Para procession, marking the end of Buddhist Lent, is about to start in Mae Hong Son.

Some of the girls taking part in the Ok Phansa parade in Mae Hong Son.

The Chong Para procession, all lit up at night, in Mae Hong Son.

Wat Chong Klang in Mae Hong Son #Thailand lit up at night with a nice reflection in the lake.

DAY THREE: Good morning from Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. Heading back to Chiang Mai today but will spend the night in Pai.

If you “survive” the 1,864 curves on the road to Mae Hong Son you can get a certificate from the Chamber of Commerce.

Pang Ung, the Royal Forest Project, near the Burmese border in Mae Hong Son.

Aerial views of Pang Ung in the Pang Tong Royal Forest Park 2 and nearby villages.

Most villagers in Ban Ruam Thai are from Burma. Great weather here in the mountains of Mae Hong Song.

Stopping for lunch in Ban Rak Thai, a Chinese community in Mae Hong Son.

The temperature in Ban Rak Thai in Mae Hong Son is only 24C. Very peaceful here.

Most shops in Ban Rak Thai in Mae Hong Son sell tea and dried fruit.

I was lucky to come across this Burmese Chong Para procession in Ban Rak Thai to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent.

In Kung Mai Sak in Mae Hong Son there’s a new attraction called Soo Tong Bae Bridge. Here’s an aerial view.

Saphan Soo Tong Bae Bridge (ซูตองเป้) in Ban Kung Mai Sak, Mae Hong Son.

Pictures of novice monks crossing the wooden bridge over a rice field in Kung Mai Sak, Mae Hong Son.

The wooden bridge across the rice field in Kung Mai Sak, Mae Hong Son, is over 500 meters long

By a stroke of luck, I just came across this Chong Para procession about to leave Wat Kung Mai Sak.

6pm Festival taking place at Wat Kung Mai Sak, marking the end of the 3-month long Buddhist Lent.

Nothing beats coming across an unexpected festival parade in a small village.

Thai students carrying a Chong Para across Soo Tong Bae Bridge in Ban Kung Mai Sak, Mae Hong Son.

Good morning from Pai in Northern Thailand. Thais are at their local temple making merit for end of Buddhist Lent.

Many Thai Buddhists at their local temple today making merit, praying & listening to a Dhamma talk.

A Thai-Yai woman in Pai in Northern Thailand making an offering for the end of Buddhist Lent.

Wat Phra That Mae Yen in Pai district of Mae Hong Son.

Aerial view of Pai in Northern Thailand from the Big Buddha on the Hill. A bit hazy today.

Looking down on the Giant White Buddha at Wat Phra That Mae Yen in Pai.

Santichon is Pai’s version of Chinatown. They even have a replica of Great Wall of China. Real village is up the hill.

“Coffee in Love” is a popular viewpoint in Pai for taking selfies. They also sell coffee apparently.

Sometimes when I’m travelling around Thailand it’s confusing about what country I’m supposed to be in.

The “Grand Canyon of Pai” – Mae Hong Son.

Aerial views of the “Grand Canyon of Pai” – Mae Hong Son.

The old Ta-Pai Bridge in Pai, Mae Hong Son. Now a tourist attraction.

Having a different version of Khao Soi for lunch. This is Fried Yellow Noodles with Chicken (Pad Sen Khao Soi).

There are apparently 762 curves in the road between Pai & Chiang Mai. You can even buy a T-Shirt to show you did it.

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