On the advice of a bunch of other teachers, we decided to visit Cave Lodge for Christmas. It’s located about an hour or so outside of Pai on the way to Mae Hong Son. It was a really nice, low key place to relax, among the mountains of northern Thailand with a river flowing nearby. Unfortunately, we didn’t take the weather warnings seriously and we were freezing.
Christmas morning we woke up before 6am to drive to a supposedly amazing sunset viewpoint. I followed our guide, in freezing weather, wearing a sweatshirt and shorts. My hands have never been so cold in my life. We pulled up to the lookout about 15 minutes later, and you can decide for yourself if it was worth it.
(For the record, it was definitely worth it, despite the risk of frostbite.)