If you crave tranquility in the vicinity of Pai, the vibrant tourist town in northern Mae Hong Son province, Galyani Vadhana district in neighbouring Chiang Mai is just the place to be.
Highway 1095, which connects Chiang Mai and Pai, is usually congested with tourist vehicles. But if you get on Highway 1265, some 18km southeast of Pai town, you would find yourself on what is probably one of the loneliest roads in the country.
The road snakes along a winding stream, climbs steep hills and cuts through dense forest. Full of potholes, at times I was forced to drive in the lane opposite, but no need to worry: I didn't cause any traffic jam. During that 90-minute drive on the 60km mountain road leading to Galyani Vadhana district, I spotted only four cars.