Curves For Days

Bidding farewell to Mae Hong Son Town we made our way to the 1095. In our wanderings the night before, I had seen the many souvenirs that boasted the 1,864 curves we would encounter between here and Pai. We were thrilled with the idea of this ride.

Ancient tablet!?!

Now that’s a plank!

Research had led me to our jump off excursion just a few kilometers out on this route. Su Tong Pae Bridge was first on the agenda. This bamboo bridge stretches across a creek and farm fields and leads to a Wat, Tham Poo Sa Ma. Beauty surrounds in every direction and makes this a totally worthwhile stop. There is no real signage leading you to the parking area but as my wiki travel resource had promised, the way in was easily found with Google maps. We spent contemplative time to start the day in the midst of these awe inspiring surroundings.

We continued on our way through the village of Ban Kung Mai Sak and made our way around sharp, climbing curves to the Pang Tong Palace.

Free zoo, ornately landscaped and easily traveled on the motor bike is what we found here. Our grandsons were promised pictures of the jungle and the younger had inquired about leopards and cheetahs. Here, indeed, we found a clouded leopard who appeared to be heavily laden with litter in her womb. We are by no means animal lovers but caged animals of any sort always make us feel sad. This majestic mama was meant for running and roaming not eating dried food from a bowl in a cage. But then again I presume there would be those who would proclaim that at least she is protected here. We made our way out of this lavish compound and made a wrong turn (to the left) that found us in the Bamboo Forest. It was breathtaking and well worth the fifteen minutes it took for us to reali