I have been trying to finish my trip reports from my January 2013 trip, but all those every day events, like work, keep delaying me.
Here is one more post regarding our time in Mae Salong after we visited the Lisu hilltribe kindergarten (which was in a prior post).
After doing a lot of bargaining at the local day market, and having more bags than we could carry (good thing we had Jermsak to carry them to the van), we sat in one of the little tea shops and sampled tea and snacks for about an hour.
We then spent an amazing night at Little Home Guesthouse, which started with us sitting on the big wooden chairs on the front porch of our bungalows, while the staff ran cold beer up to us. After enjoying the beautiful flowers surrounding the bungalows, as well as our beer, we set out to the Mae Salong Villa where we ate at the Chinese restaurant that overlooks the city. Fabulous food and very attentive staff and owner...but no white wine.
We dropped off or laundry at the local family laundry where we all had our laundry done for about $2USD per person.
The next day we awoke in the quiet darkness of a morning in the mountain of Mae Salong, where we rolled out of bed and made our way down to the morning market to sit on tiny plastic stools on the narrow alley street while we drank coffee and ate freshly made donut-like pastries as we watched the locals stroll by the vendors to purchase their vegetables and meat for the day. When the monks came by with their alms bowls collecting their daily food, we each offered sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf and received a blessing. When the monks had finished blessing us in Thai, one of them, in perfect English, said, “I wish you all many blessings in the new year.” We were all quite touched by the event.
I have been coming to Mae Salong for quite some time now, and it seems that the 718 steps to the top of the mountain where the King Mother’s Shrine sits used to be a quicker walk for me, but fortunately, several of my travel companions preferred to take the walk up the forested steps at a more leisurely pace. Once at the top, we enjoyed the breathtaking panoramic view, which was the same view the King’s Mother sought when she built the home in which she desired to spend her final days and where portions of her ashes now rest.
Back to Little Home where we had a lovely local breakfast and prepared to say good-bye to our attentive and kind hosts.
We also had found a wonderful new wine/coffee/tea shop in town called “Poosalong’s” where we enjoyed free wireless, great dessert, wine and where we bought bags of coffee and tea to take home.
I hope to plan to spend more than one overnight at Mae Salong on my next trip, as I find this part of Thailand to be stunningly beautiful and I love the charm of this little town. I think I could spend a month here, as I find it such a peaceful and tranquil place.
BroderEdited: 12:56 am, February 12, 2013