Sorry for the late posting but 2 weeks ago I took a quick trip to Maesai to visit my friend – Jaiand. We had met in Pattaya and he was at home helping his mother. Jaiand showed me this great cozy guesthouse in Maesai – Patcharaporn resort located in town on Pa Meuad soi just off Hwy 1. 500 Baht a night including breakfast for 2 – what a great deal and a wonderful place to stay – Don’t miss it if you visit Maesai for your VISA run. And we had wonderful dinner at HueanHimDoi rstaurant just off Hwy 1 at the Hwy 123 junction. Great food – Thai style – and this spread cost only 800 Baht. We visited Wat Phara That Doi Wao overlooking the bridge to Myanmar (Burma) and the border city Tachileik. What a view from here. The next day we headed for Doi MaeSalong – now the tea capital of Thailand – but it used to be the poppy and opium growing area for the Maesai’s Golden Triangle opium dens. From here, we made it to Wat ThaTon (Phra Aram Luang) on Hwy 107 going to Fang but started to have a bad vibrations in the car. Something was really going wrong so we headed back for the 2 hr. drive back to Maesai. The car was really getting bad – felt like either failing motor mounts or the drive shaft universals were acting up – so I cut my visit short and limped slowly back to Chiang Mai – made it and did have to have new universals installed – so the car was again in the shop for 3 days – but I also had new front shocks put in so now I should be worry free for quite a while. Wish I would have had more time to visit with Jaiand but after my upcoming operation – which was rescheduled for June 11th – I should have time to visit him again. I promise more photos next time.