The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....rice paddy near Huay Pha village....

....Tham Pla National Park....

....sorobrook carp fish at Tham Pla National Park....

....sorobrook carp fish at the Tham Pla Fish Caves....

....the hermit monk Nara at Tham Pla Fish Caves....

....waterwheel rice mill....

....our guide Akaradeet on an Elephant Creeper....

....view of Mae Hong Son from Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu...

....Nick ringing the bell at Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu Temple....

....first stupa at Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu Temple....

....image of Buddha at Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu Temple....

....view of Mae Hong Son from Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu...

....second stupa at Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu Temple....

.... Nong Jong Kham Lake....

....stupa at Wat Jong Kham Temple....

....image of Buddha at Wat Jong Klang Temple....


Yesterday was a lazy day of shopping in advance of leaving our hotel to fly to Mae Hong Son in the northwest of Thailand close to the border of Burma (Myanmar). We arrived in Mae Hong Son at about 11:30 a.m. and were met at the airport by our guide Akaradeet and were immediately taken to our hotel so that we could drop off our bags. We were then taken to the Fern Restaurant for lunch before heading out past some rice paddies ready for harvest near the village of Huay Pha to the Fish Caves at Tham Pla National Park. The fish are soro brook carp and they thrive in a water filled cavern, growing up to one metre in length. The fish are not caught as they considered sacred and are "protected" from danger by a statue of a hermit Hindu rishi or monk called "Nara" which stands nearby. We then made our way to Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu which stands on a hill west of Mae Hong Son town which offers some spectacular views of the town and Nong Jong Kham Lake. The two Shan stupas which were built in 1860 and 1874 are said to hold the ashes of Shan monks from Myanmar's Shan State. We then traveled back into town and visited Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang, two Burmese style temples next to Nong Jong Kham Lake, before heading back to our hotel and calling it a day......



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