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!