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March 8, 2010 - Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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Mae Hong Son falls into the "inch worm town" catagory, meaning that an inch worm could probably cross the street without getting run over. It makes for very pleasurable walking. Town gets pretty quiet after dark, but the two 7-11's were both beehives of activity. They are bigger and better stocked than their Bangkok counterparts. Being open 24 hours a day, this is the late night place to go for ice slurpies, beer, micro-waved pork/rice patties, magazines, etc. I was there at 10 p.m., and they had two checkers going, non-stop and there were still lines. Also parked out front of one was a full semi truck loaded with just garlic.

This is a relatively young town, until about 200 years ago it was just an elephant camp, then there was a large influx of Shan refugees from Burma. There's still a United Nations Refugee office here.

My guesthouse is lovely - $26 gets you a comfy bed, air con, T.V., mini-frig, gorgeous modern bathroom, and wide plank teak wood floors. It's also a 3 minute walk to the airport, and about a 20 minute walk to anywhere in town.

Actually, anywhere to anywhere here is about a 20 minute walk - as I said, it's small.