I am just back from a wonderful 8-days trip in Northern Thailand. I started in Chiang Mai to visit some old friends (stayed at Wang Burapa Hotel) and after 2 days I travelled to the wonderful area of Chiang Dao. The mountainous area there is really breathtaking and as it was Chinese New Year there were colourful happenings everywhere. Yes, even after 30 to 40 years the Chinese influcend is great here.
I travelled along the Thai - Burmese border area and did find a total change of culture of Burmese decent. Beautiful temples and friendly people. And as always beautiful views of the landscape. I ended the day at "Doi Ang Khang" with the beautiful Royal Flower Projects. I stayed at "Doi Ang Khang Villa" along the hills of the small village. Very early in the morning I watched the sunrise at the view-point about 6km before the village. At Tha Ton, where you can take the boat to Chiang Rai, I had a great breakfast at "Tha Ton Hill Resort". Good breakfast, friendly staff and great view over the valley of Tha Ton.
I travelled to Chiang Rai via Mae Salong (wow it even has an 7-11 now!). Still after so many years the signs are still in Chinese. I did visit the "Chinese Martyr Memorial Museum" to learn more about the history of this area. It is an amazing area, full of culture and history.
See my full trip-report at …blogspot.com/2013/02/motorbike-trip-loop-no…