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The cool season is finally arriving

By Heather Allen
The temperatures are dropping and once again I resolve to travel deep into the mountains to experience the “cold” and yet, I suspect, once again, I will fail in my resolution yet again. I have friends who manage it and put lovely photos of early morning fog, dewdrops on leaves and hillsides covered in flowers and yet I never make it myself.
Why is it that one never visits the tourist sites in one’s hometown? A few years ago I visited a friend in his home city and we went to museums and other famous sites with my friend noting that he had not been to any of these places since he was a child in primary school. Whilst I certainly cannot claim such a lengthy stay in my adopted hometown, I regret I have the same lack of experience in visiting tourism sites.
So, to my “bucket list” of Northern experiences; Nan is top of my list, I have heard wonderful things about this province and would love to see it in the cool season. Mae Hong Son is supposed to be wonderful, I read the article here in the Chiang Mai Mail a few issues ago and it inspired me to go there and see the mix of hilltribe people and beautiful scenery. In fact, there is a wonderful festival taking place there on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day called the Small World Festival where people from the mountains come down and sell their wares and offer a glimpse into their rich cultures with dancing and singing.
Also on my list of places to see or things to do would have to be Phrae. I have heard the old style colonial houses there are just lovely and the slower pace of life in town gives visitors a relaxed and welcoming feeling. Loei is another Northern province I would like to visit. I’ve been to Chiang Rai several times and it is very convenient to visit and many of the mountain communities there are very lovely, so whilst it is not on my list it should be on yours.
At the end of the cool season I do hope I have at least marked a few of these beautiful places off my list!

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The cool season is finally arriving