I have left Chiang Mai and gone even further up north in Thailand. After a four hour bus trip from the busy city of Chiang Mai I jumped of in the small village of Soppong (which is between Pai and Mae Hong Son for you who have been in the area). From Soppong I took a motorbike taxi further to the even smaller village Ban Tham Lod about 10 km from the border to Burma/Myanmar. Surrounded by forest lies the relaxed place Cave Lodge where I am staying.
How to find a good place to stay
Sometimes you find a place to stay by reading in a guidebook or the internet. Sometimes you just find a place that you see along the road where you travel. But the best ones are usually by recommendation by other travellers. The Cave Lodge belongs to the later category. I got this place recommended by the inspiring couple Shannon and Mike who I met at the Elephant Nature Park and who are touring the world on motorbikes. A great recommendation from great people!
And what about the hat?
The northern part of Thailand have a completely different climate to that of the islands down south. Up here it is mountains, forests and caves. In winter time the days are warm with temperatures between 25-30 degrees but the nights are cool. You might even say that they are cold. In the picture of this post it is early morning and 12 degrees. I am wearing double trousers together with socks, a fleece jacket and my hat. I would not want to be without my hat. It is not always warm in Thailand.
“Keep calm and stay warm.”