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Feb 4, 2010 - Mae Sot.

4 February. Once again an early breakfast, checkout, taxi transport to bus station and a 80 km bus trip to Tak. At the bus station in Tak, I have to change to mini bus for further transport to Mae Sot, another 80 km trip. The mini bus did not follow any time schedules, only when it is enough passengers, then it leaves. It took 30 minutes to fill the minibus with people, and then it left. The very most of the 80 km distance was uphill. This trip took about one and a half hour, mostly uphill and uncountable curves and bends. At the bus...

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Jan 14, 2010 - Beautiful Thailand

I am in the middle of a trip to do the laundry - but sneaked a trip into the internet shop - to tell you all --ahhhhhhhhhhhhh - Thailand is wonderful. We have had lazy days on the beach, steamy days in the jungle (Anna even had a close encounter with a leech - sorry no photo) - fantastic food forays into the night markets - and mega bus trips (14 hours) - so now we are in the NW (Mae sot) close to the Burmese border and Mel's home. Much more to tell whenwe get back to China in a week. For now - happy new year - in the snow (in you are in...

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Anna in China

Dec 9, 2008 - The Friendship Bridge

Today, we embarked on a very unplanned journey, to a very unexpected place. A few days ago in Krabi, some British friends informed us of the one-month Thai visa limit, which conveniently expired for us on that very day - now it makes so much sense why we signs for "Visa Runs" everywhere. With many options on the table, Kuala Lumpor, Phnom Penh, we opted to go Northe to the Burmese border, thinking we would save a couple dollars and maybe see a new part of the country. Yet another uncomfortable and freezing overnight bus ride brought us to...

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Nov 17, 2008 - Mae Sot today, Mae Hong Son tomorrow

I'm here in Mae Sot (again) after a hellish four-hour sangtaew ride from Um Phang. More on that later. But first, let's talk about the waterfall!! Nam Tok Ti Lo Su was absolutely the most stunning waterfall I've ever seen. At about 900m high, it's Thailand's largest waterfall and, for me, the most beautiful. I woke up early on Sunday and rafted down the Um Phang river for about four hours. It was a surreal trip because we passed many limestone cliffs covered with ferns and streaming with water, making for some gorgeous scenery. The river...

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Nov 15, 2008 - To the border I go

After Khao Yai, I left to go to the market town of Phitsanulok. I needed to go to a town that had a hospital since I was due for a rabies vaccine (that still makes me laugh when I say it;-) I walked around the town at night and checked out the night market, then got completely lost trying to get back to the hotel. I was starving and looking for a restaurant, and before I knew it I was totally turned around and couldn't find a street sign anywhere. Thailand is not like America, where there is a nice little sign on every corner telling you...

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Oct 8, 2007 - Al confine

Sono a quattro chilometri dal confine con il Myanmar, lo si capisce dai volti delle persone, diversi lineamenti, diversi colori. Altri vestiti. Sono in mezzo a montagne a punta ricoperte di giungla. Domani prendo la bicicletta e vado un po' in giro. Poi fra un paio di giorni vado verso nord, dove pare mi aspettino piogge e brutto tempo.

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My trip Gio...urnal

May 27, 2007 - Mae Sot 1

KLH picked us up from our tourist week in Chaing Mai, we had a farewell breakfast at our favourite haunt Bake 'n' Bite, bought some granola and fresh bread to enjoy in Mae Sariang, and off we went. However, our stay was to be brief as the following day saw us bcak on the road heading south to visit the furthest 2 refugee camps from us, Tham Hin and DonYang. Pam and KLH took turns driving over the next few days, Louie & I tagged along with DS, LLS and TTS, 3 DARE trainers going out to these camps to stay and do some training. They do this at...

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Thailand

Apr 11, 2007 - "Run for the Border"

Hi Everyone, Our latest adventure to fill you in on was a quick trip out of the country to none other than Burma. We left Sukhothai with vague plans to move west and go to the Burmese border to renew our visas so that we would all be on the same schedule. Everything went so smoothly that we arrived at the bus station just in time to get on the bus which was pulling out. This would have been great, but unfortunately it left no room for an obligatory prebus bathroom stop. About an hour in (after grinning and bearing it), kate realized there...

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Jan 1, 2007 - Drive to Mae Sot

Today began early with our devotion and hurrried breakfast. We were all in a flurry to have our bags ready in the lobby before the Partner's staff and our rental vehicles arrived. Then we ran into a glitch. Only one vehicle (instead of two as requested) was delvered from the vehicle rental company, and they had no more to loan. Partner's staff came to our rescue, and made a few phone calls to secure a second vehicle for us --- one of their own (THANKS, GREG)! We then loaded the trucks, tied down the tarps, split ourselves into three trucks,...

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Alaska Team 2006

Jun 12, 2006 - Selina at Katchenaburi

Selina has been on the Bridge on the River Kwai tour and then to the Tiger Temple. Before she went, she asked Pete what was the bridge about and he explained in great detail how the bridge came about and about the war graves she would visit. Her photos give you an idea of what she did.

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Feb 11, 2006 - Thailand - Mae Sot

Our trip out to the North West corner of Thailand turned out to be a waste of time as we found out that the National park we were going to visit (Um Phung) wasn't really all that good a place to see wildlife. It was more for the trekking to numerous waterfalls (which we've done enough of!) and we also discovered we could do a border crossing into Myanmar (Burma) further South to get a new visa a bit later on in the trip. So we turned around...

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Feb 10, 2006 - For the Experience!

Then there was three.... So the Young Sexy French Canadians and Mama Mel headed off to find Mae Sot, going the long way, up and then down the border. We decided to go that way for the experience, to see new places and to get off the beaten track. And what an experience it was! Two long bus rides later, we landed in Mae Sariang, where we had read there was one bus a day to Mae Sot, and that was the one we planned to get on. However,there was no bus to Mae Sot, there were however hourly Songthaws...covered pick up trucks with benches along...

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