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Exploring the surrounds

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Nestled among wooded hills, with the picturesque Kok running right through the town centre and the pastoral landscapes of the valley stretching south and east, Tha Ton lends itself perfectly to exploration on foot or by bicycle while short motorbike rides can let you explore further.

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The hike up to Wat Tha Ton with its stupendous views and forest walkways is the obvious top option in town, but a stroll along the east bank of the Kok River is another convenient and rewarding hike. Take the lane leading off behind the old Tha Ton Chalet and just keep following the river as closely as possible. You’ll have to skirt around a few of the resorts—or pop in for a cool drink—but eventually the chalets run out and you’ll reach the rustic Shan settlement of Kang Saimoon.

Plenty to see! Photo taken in or around Exploring the surrounds, Tha Ton, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Plenty to see! Photo: Mark Ord

This is where Thailand runs out so don’t try going any further, but do stop and grab some lunch or refreshment at one of the little riverside cafes which provide simple fare and cold drinks on tables overlooking the Kok or even on bamboo rafts tethered to the bank. This is a delightful and friendly spot with a very out of the way feel. Back in town, take the east-bound lane on the north bank of the Kok River and wander past the cute riverside eatery Chanhkasem, then continue through a small residential area into the paddy-fields and orchards south of town. This is another fine area to discover on foot or by bicycle.

If you’ve got motorised transport then heading either west or east along Highway 1089 provides a variety of sites without needing to go too far. In an easterly direction, you’ll find yourself in Chiang Rai Province with the interesting Akha village of Ban Lorcha at around the 30-kilometre mark. They have an excellent community tourism scheme organised by Chiang Rai’s PDA (of Cabbages and Condoms and Hill-tribe Museum fame.) It’s a couple of kiloemtres on the right before the junction with Highway 1234 so if you reach the Mae Salong turn-off, you’ve ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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