Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son........Via Wat Chan.

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Moto-Rex, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son........Via Wat Chan.

    Bike; KLX.
    Weather; Magic.

    Decided to do a quick trip to Mae Hong Son, via Wat Chan to see how the KLX goes in the dirt.

    Rode the southern part of the Samoeng loop to samoeng, to find that the classic old sigh there has been replaced by the new printed type.
    No English text, but it translates roughly into "for beers in Mae Hong Son turn left"

    The old.(the sign)
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    The new.
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    Heading off to Wat Chan on 5032, the first 25kms to Huai Mana the tar road is a stocker. Seems to be just falling apart big pot holes with sharp edges and crumbling everywere.
    But from there on the next 25kms of tar, is in fantastic condition, and is a great ride, When the tar ends there's 42kms of dirt till you get to Wat Chan.
    Riding this dirt section is normally not that interesting, but due to the rains the road is in bad repair, lots of ruts and mud etc, so it was a little more exciting.

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    Remains of a land slide.

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    Rice field before Wat Chan.

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    Filling up in Wat Chan.

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    Soon after leaving Wat Chan the track really deteriorates and the next 50km is great riding. Ive ridden this track in the dry months and it was nothing like it is now.
    This clay is so slippery.

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    Some stunning scenery, the rice looks great at this time of year.

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    My photo skills don't give justice to these rice terraces.
    There's a few sections of road that are made of concrete like this one.

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    Weekend traffic.

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    These guys like playing in the mud too.

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    Arrived at Mae Hong song and booked into Piya guesthouse. Its located right on the lake. Good sized room with big bathroom, air, tv etc.

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    Burmese television is a real laugh. This bird was a dead ringer for agent 99 from get smart. It was a music TV program straight out of the 60's.

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    Had breakfast at the sunflower. Looks over the lake, good Thai and western food, and opens at 7.30am.

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    After breakfast and seeing it was another fine sunny day, I decided head back to Chiang Mai and do the same trip in reverse. All in all, a good two day ride, with an over night shop in one of my favorite little towns, lots of great scenery, with plenty of variations in road/track conditions.

    And how does the KLX go...... :D :D :D

    Moto-Rex
     
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  3. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Rex, great trip & report !! Stunning scenery. How did you enjoy your new toy ?? How's the brakes on the KLX ?
    Hope to join you on this one some day in the near future, need to get the 640LC4 first....... :lol:
    Cheers, Franz
     
  4. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Thanks Franz

    The new "toy" is great,....good on the road, and good in the jungle.
    Brakes work great, in fact every thing works great, which they should being a new bike.
    You wont win a super cross on it, or a motogp, but for an all round bike up here its perfect.
    Its a well priced bike, legal, and great for the riding I want to do.

    Rex
     
  5. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    Good report Rex. That's one of the nice things here. You can ride the same road many times but each time will still be different. :lol:
     
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    MotoRex
    Yeah nice report - it all looks too easy.
    In MHS did you hit the Baan Thai massage for the #1 massages in North Thailand?
    Also glad you stayed at the Piya, they are some of the nicest guesthouse people in North Thailand!
     

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