I stayed in Malee’s nature bungalows near Chiang Dao last night. While there, I visited a temple close by which involved walking up over 500 steps through the forest. Every hundred yards or so there was a saying nailed to a tree which very cleverly gave you something to think about as you puffed up the next set of steps which meandered through an awesome forest. At the top you entered a shallow cave which had become a bit of a shrine to a monk who had died. A very peaceful place deep in the forest.
The next morning I set off at the crack of dawn, (I know it’s an early start when I catch the monks doing their rounds offering prayers in exchange for money – door to door) as I knew I had another big day. Thankfully it turned out to be one of the coolest days I have seen so far. Having started so early, I was on the lookout for somewhere to get a coffee, when 2 pretty aggressive dogs took chase down the road – no need for a coffee after that I can tell you! I don’t think the dogs here are used to seeing pushbikes, which are obviously silent. The answer was to make motorbike noises as I approached other dogs which the they seemed to understand, though I got a couple of strange looks from the locals. I made it to Tha Ton right up north by the Burmese border by about 1pm – I had just missed the ferry down to Chiang Rai so am staying here tonight.
Finally, I couldn’t help but notice how this road sign I saw today is similar to one we have in the UK, though it is subtly different. Thailand’s good education system has even made it onto road signs – the children actually carry books!