I have been touring around the past few weeks. Sorry I don't have the photographic abilities of the Master Capt Slash. But I thought I might note a new paved road over the mountains from Phrae down into Nan Province following route 1024. I only had a 2007 edition of the blue northern Thailand road map. The 1024, which traverses the high corn growing countryside, ends at a village amed Pak Oaui Tai, or something like that. But there is a new paved road that keeps going and ends up somewhere in Amphoe Li to a road leading into Na Muen. I am not certain where I ended up, can't find the exact spot on the map, but it does provide an alternative to returning to the Phrae area. Note that this road was one of the steeper paved roads I have encountered yet, and I was forced to use first gear and lean forward on some sections heading east riding a D-Tracker. I will post some pics and bump this up once I return home and have access to some photo software.