Maehongson on the Burmese border to the west (250-350 kms.) from Chiang Mai is particularly attractive. Known as 'The City of the Three Mists' , it can be reached in half an hour by plane, though those with the time may find driving round on the excellent highway a good introduction to the forest-covered mountain surrounding it. Home to most of Thailand's colorful hill-peoples-the padong women with their elongated ringed necks the most spectacularly different in appearance – it offers the adventurous and energetic hot spring, cave and waterfalls as near or farther destinations.But the small provincial town, with its temple of Wat Phra That Doi Kong mu providing the optimum viewing point for the minimum of effort.