Baan Ricky New Year 2012/13

Discussion in 'Central Western Thailand Road Trip Reports' started by brian_bkk, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Another great weekend on the trusty KLX....

    Three hour ride down to Baan Ricky late Friday afternoon.
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    In time for Sunset beers.
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    Saturday

    We ride 110km on the trails around Baan Ricky and up to and through Sai Yok National Park.

    First a nice river crossing.
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    Very soft river bed, wheels spinning with a swift current
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    Just near Sai Yok National park entrance
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    We found a little resort here with very friendly locals.. Gave us a tour around and wouldn't accept any money for the water..
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    We arrived at the National Park guard house.. No, can't go in.. Bugger..
    A few different people come out. We do the chit chat and ask very nicely and promise we wont go all the way to Burma.

    After 5 mins the guard in charge came out and more smiling and small talk.. He asked me in Thai.. Where are we from, what I do in Thailand etc etc..
    In our most sincere voices.. Can we go through? with a wai.. He said OK after 10 minutes

    Great trail.. This picture is the less technical part but very nice riding..
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    Further on an elephant calf ran across the track in front of us.. We stopped, looked, and gave it time to move on..
    We were also worried mummy and daddy Elephant may not be too happy with us being so close.. so proceeded cautiously and together eyes wide open...

    Then about 500 metres down the track a juvenile elephant was walking along the track in front of us.
    This part of the trail is a bit steeper and not many places to get away from us.. So we stopped a few minutes to give Junior time to move on with out us spooking him..
    All this about 7km from the border with Burma.. You could see a lot of evidence that the elephants are very active in this area.

    Then back on to the normal trails.. some lovely spots..

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    A bridge for bikes..
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    The road to no where.. Lovely road
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    We rode past the Hintok cutting of the Burma railway.. This is the end part of the maintained track from Hell Fire Pass.
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    Sunday

    Tim and Lot arrived the evening before and moved in to the bungalow..
    Next day show Tim and Lot the track and a play around on the scooter as a warm up..

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    Then off to try and bust our way through the jungle and make a new trail.
    There is a good reason why there is no trail already. As we will find out...

    The proper trail ends here
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    Talking to Alan and turned around about to make a step forwards and spotted movement.. jumped in the air over the snake as a reflex action before stepping right on it.
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    We don't really have many pictures worth posting.. As they just lie about how difficult the next 500 to 600 metres are...
    Up a really steep part of the hill.. Bikes dropped and needed two people to push and hold them up the rest of the way.
    This was not a trail and you had to zig zag between the trees and bamboo with minimal momentum..
    Then at the top.. dead bamboo every where across the tracks.. These are animal tracks we are following..
    Then we end up as far as we can get.. It just looks too steep down and not sure we can get the bike back out if there is no way through at the bottom...

    While stopped and deciding what to do next after walking as far as we could leaving the bikes where we could still get out..
    We came across these markings in a large tree..

    You can see very clearly there are large claws on this animal.. Speculation but no idea what the animal is..
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    (Back at Baan Ricky we visit Rose next doors. Rose said it is most likely a bear. They have bears in that area)

    We are all shattered after the effort to get as far as we did and decide it is time to get back as running out of water etc..
    We could see on the GPS that we were no more than 250 metres away from the main track on the other side of where we were..

    So near yet so far.

    The next day we ride around to the other side of the dirt road to look at where we were and see if we can get in from that side.

    Looking at the picture below.. You see a cliff face to the left. We are just to the right of that.. no more than 20 or so metres from the edge..
    But you couldn't see this from where we were up on top.
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    Looks like no way through here.. Though Alan has not given up!!!

    Then back to Baan Ricky and over to Rose's place.. Where Rose and Family kindly invited us to join them for drinks and dinner.

    Lots of beers and beers with the Mayor.
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    Some had too many beers.. LOL
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    We left Alan sleep while we headed up to Hindat Hot Springs.. Felt great after a tough afternoons riding.
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    Monday

    Hell Fire Pass


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    A tip - The museum is closed on public holidays.. The guards come out with a sign in English that has the days of the year closed.
    That only stops you accessing the Museum and the complex by the front gate.. If you drive a few km down the road you can get in the back way via the camping site turn off.
    Very twisty windy road pass one small check point.. (just slow down and wave as you go past)
    Then you are at Hell Fire Pass behind the museum complex. All the tourists are getting turned away at the main gate as it is closed.
    So we had the entire place to ourselves.. Which made it even more special to reflect on what happened here.

    A GREAT weekend at Baan Ricky..
    Even if you don't want to ride out to Sai Yok Yai but would like to experience the place.. There are bikes for hire and some gear you can try on and see if it fits.

    There is just so much great riding around this area.. Not only do you have the MX tracks at Baan Ricky, but endless trails and national parks to ride around and through.

    A BIG thank you to Alan for riding around with me and showing me so many great tracks and places..
    Will be back soon Alan for some coaching on that steep down hill stuff..

    Thanks Alan and Ricky.

    Cheers
    Brian

    PS. GPS tracks to be posted soon..
     
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  3. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    This looks like the fellow..

    Look at those claws...

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    This explains the scratches way up in the tree 6 ft above our heads..

    HABITAT:
    The sun bear thrives in the hot and humid lowland tropical rainforests where it rains more than 100 inches (254 cm) a year and temperatures stay constant around 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Sun bears live in lowland tropical rainforests. They are excellent climbers and are thought to sleep in trees, where they spend most of their life they can forage for a huge variety of fruits and nuts year-round.
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Looks like it was the perfect long weekend New Year escape to get away from the city & traffic.
    Well done.
    It also looks like lots of fantastic trails to ride out there & I look forward to more pix & reports from round Baan Ricky if anyone has any....bring em com lads.
     
  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Another fantastic report!

    You made it back uneaten, so, I guess this proves you are neither a fruit or a nut? [​IMG]

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  6. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    I like your sense of humour Tony... But I did read further on that these bears are not adverse to eating animals too!!
    Also Rose said they are dangerous.. Suspect like most animals.. only when they feel threatened or cornered.

    From what I read.. Looks like this fella sleeps in that tree.. probably the noise of the bikes and stomping through the jungle scared him off...

    Luckily.

    Below maps of what we rode over the three days.. You will see day 2 was a short ride but the hardest...

    Day 1
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    Day 2
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    Day 3
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    GPS Tracks available here:-
    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/showthread.php/37743-Baan-Ricky-Sai-Yok-National-Park-Trails-%28New-Year-2012-13%29?p=286263#post286263

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  7. a-tecracing

    a-tecracing Ol'Timer

    great 4 days in your company, look forward to next time, working on national park, for permits etc, 'Eunduro' date not released yet, but still fun riding for everybody
     
  8. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Marvellous fotos & trip report Brian, I'm getting red with envy............keep them good reports coming !! Cheers, Franz
     
  9. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Great report Brian, its looks like not only a great part of Thailand to go riding, but also a great area to look at the historical past, and of course check out the local wildlife.

    The river crossing looks like a ripper.

    Cheers mate, Moto-Rex
     

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