Chiang Rai – Mae Sai = 65km + 12km exploring the town.
An odd feeling leaving our comfortable base and routine of Chiang Rai to visit Mae Sai, but we wanted to explore the Golden Triangle.
A stop at this coffee shop 40km down the road and once again awesome coffee and lovely owner.
Mae Sai is the Northern most district of Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand and is a major border crossing with Myanmar. A very flat ride today straight north on a busy highway with a slight tail wind made for a crusiy ride. You can see on the map Myanmar to the North and Laos to the east where we will be meeting the Golden Triangle tomorrow (heading to the blue marker tomorrow).
Unfortunately on Saturday afternoon 12 teenage boys and their soccer coach ventured into a local cave 9km from here and are still trapped 55 hours later. 11 bicycles and one motorcycle were found outside the cave that they had ridden to after soccer practice. Due to the wet season it is believed a flood has come through and trapped the boys. Apparently this even made news in NZ today!
As we were biking today we were passed by numerous search and rescue and emergency vehicles travelling at break neck speed heading to the cave. 17 Thailand “Navy SEALS” entered the cave today for the rescue operation but no contact has been made with the kids.
Fingers crossed we will wake up tomorrow and hear a positive outcome as there is definitely an underlying sense of sadness in the town today. As we hear the rain come down outside it won’t be helping the rescue team.
Eventually found where we had booked at the Mae Sai Holic Lodge. Very modern and great value at NZ$23 inc brekkie
Explored the border town which was heaps bigger than we were expecting. Many Burmese people easy to pick out from the Thais with them chewing Betel, men dressed in their longyi skirts and thanaka (yellow paste) on their faces.
A great day in the north of Thailand with a lovely meal and our friend Leo who is always close by.