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Heading south from Chom Thong, the valley and road swing south, narrow and become more scenic as the route heads into the hills for the 32 km stretch to Hot. Hot! Frankly the best thing about it is the name -- vying with Fang as top of the interesting names of Chiang Mai Province table. There's a small market, a 7-eleven, several noodle shops and the de rigueur karaoke bar but that's about it though it does have one decent play to stay in.

Turning left after Hot Town centre will take you south towards the even remoter Doi Tao along another scenic mountain road whilst turning right will take you up the even more scenic route following the Mae Chaem River gorge towards Mae Sariang. (Either way if you're on a motorbike fill-up before leaving Hot!) Limestone cliffs line both sides of the steep valley and the river tumbles over rocks and cascades below.

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