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Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand

A day in the life of Mae Hong Son, a sleepy provincial capital set amidst rugged, heavily-forested hill country near the Thai/Burmese border, northwest of Chiang Mai. Apart from trekking through the hills, there is not a great deal to do in the town itself, but that is part of its charm. In January the mornings are cool and misty, whilst not seeming overly chilly to any 'farang' visitor. At the morning and evening markets, and up on Doi Kong Mu, the steep hill behind the town, the local people wrap themselves up in woollen caps and scarves...

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Hot breakfast served at the morning market
Hot breakfast served at the morning market
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Stallholders at the morning market
Stallholders at the morning market
Market stallholder, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Market stallholder, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Burmese cheroots
Burmese cheroots
A veteran of the markets
A veteran of the markets
Morning prayers at Wat Doi Kong Mu, atop the hill behind the town
Morning prayers at Wat Doi Kong Mu, atop the hill behind the town
Boddhisattvas at  Wat Doi Kong Mu
Boddhisattvas at Wat Doi Kong Mu
At Wat Doi Kong Mu
At Wat Doi Kong Mu
Rugged up for a winter morning, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Rugged up for a winter morning, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Morning fog lifts slowly, around the lake
Morning fog lifts slowly, around the lake
Wat Doi Kong Mu after the mists have lifted
Wat Doi Kong Mu after the mists have lifted
Wat Doi Kong Mu
Wat Doi Kong Mu
Burmese-style metalwork at Wat Doi Kong Mu
Burmese-style metalwork at Wat Doi Kong Mu
Wat Hua Wiang, Burmese in style
Wat Hua Wiang, Burmese in style
Wat Hua Wiang
Wat Hua Wiang
Much-venerated Buddha effigies at Wat Hua Wiang
Much-venerated Buddha effigies at Wat Hua Wiang
After the mists have lifted... twin Wats beside Lake Jong Kham
After the mists have lifted... twin Wats beside Lake Jong Kham
Around the town...
Around the town...
Soaking up the midday sun... in winter!
Soaking up the midday sun... in "winter"!
Safe working practice?
Safe working practice?
Cafe on Doi Kong Mu, overlooking the town
Cafe on Doi Kong Mu, overlooking the town
Evening light over the valleys
Evening light over the valleys
Evening light over the valleys
Evening light over the valleys
Chedis rise beside Lake Jong Kham
Chedis rise beside Lake Jong Kham
Night market begins, around the lake
Night market begins, around the lake
Stallholders at the night market
Stallholders at the night market
Handcrafts for sale at the night market
Handcrafts for sale at the night market