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Arunothai

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If you head north out of Chiang Dao on Highway 1322 until Thailand runs out, you’ll hit the Burmese frontier and the remote, border village of Arunothai.

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It’s around fifty kilometres along a great road and a large part of the fun, if you’ve got your own transport, is the wonderful drive or ride to get here. The town itself though, just three-kilometres shy of Burma (Myanmar), is an interesting little spot in its own right.

Hit the road. Photo taken in or around Arunothai, Chiang Dao, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Hit the road. Photo: Mark Ord

Leaving Chiang Dao on Highway 107 (the Fang road) you’ll see a fork in the road at around the seven-kilometre mark, indicating Wiang Haeng and Arunothai to the left. This makes its way up the Ping Valley—the same Ping that flows through Chiang Mai—and so the route is largely flat, with lush farmland stretching out on either side, bordered by forest-covered mountains. You’ll see mighty Doi Luang to the south and catch glimpses of the rugged peaks of Ang Khang ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)


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