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The "city of three mists" in the northwest corner of Thailand, capital of the province. Remote and mountainous, nestled in a narrow valley just a few kilometers from the border with Myanmar. About 260 km from Chiang Mai, 5.5 hours by minibus because of the 1,864 curves in the road. Pai lies about halfway and draws most of the tourists, making Mae Hong Son an excellent destination to escape the hordes. Temperatures ranged from an afternoon high of 37 to an evening low of 15. ARRIVAL I didn't care to spend 5.5 hours (each way) on a minibus, so I took the Bangkok Air prop plane from Ch
Pai (Population about 3,000) is a small town about 80 km north of Chiang Mai, as the crow flies, and about 140 km when you ride the snake, on the road to Mae Hon Son. The journey takes about 3 hours by minibus because of the 762 curves in the road. Bring your air sickness bag, as the Chinese woman sitting next to me was throwing-up all the way. We passed a spot where a motorbike rider had just gotten nailed by an SUV, and our driver stopped to lend assistance until the ambulance arrived. It's not the road to Hana, but still quite scenic. There aren't many attractions in