Chiang Mai - Samoeng - Wat Chan - Pai.... Road Update.

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Moto-Rex, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Chiang Mai - Samoeng - Wat Chan - Pai. Road Update.

    A quick update on the road/roads that run between Chiang Mai and Pai via Samoeng and Wat Chan.

    All of these roads are on the Gt-Rider Mae Hong Son map.

    Amazing how many road riders ask if the section just south of Wat Chan is tarmac yet.

    The Way… Ride out of Chiang Mai via the south end of the Samoeng loop, turn off to Samoeng, and on to Wat Chan, where I turned north to Pai.

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    At the beginning of the south end of the Samoeng loop, I was surprised how much development had taken place since my last ride this way. So modern.
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    I sure I haven’t seen this train before. Maybe a theme park??
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    A beautiful valley on the loop,..so good having this ride just on the out skirts of Chiang Mai.
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    Wild elephants, just a few short kilometres from Chiang Mai.
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    Arrived at my favourite drink stop in Samoeng to top up my camel back. Ive been coming to this little shop for 8 years now. Lovely lady.
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    Last time I rode this road north of Samoeng, it was full of potholes and falling apart. Now its mint. Most of it completely resurfaced.
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    The new road about 20 kilometre from Wat Chan. This section was dirt about a year ago.
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    About 17kms south of Wat Chan, the flash new road comes to a end.
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    A quick splash and dash for the thirsty KLX.
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    Big time road works that continue most of the way to Wat Chan.
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    So your looking at about 15kms of dirt.
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    I’m no road construction expert, but I’m guessing this road wont be finished any time soon, especially with all the rain there’ve had. They seem to have been working on the last 30kms for years.
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    A nice rice field setting just north of Wat Chan on the road to Pai.
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    The tarmac road from Wat Chan to Pai is a ripper ride,..a little broken up in sections, but good fun. It’s the first time that I had ridden it in this direction.

    So there you have it. If your on a road bike, and you don’t like getting it dirty, you will have to wait a while until they finish the last 15 kilometres. Of course, us dirt lovers are disappointed that one of the great dirt rides of the north has been covered with hard black stuff, but there’s plenty of dirt, dust and mud about to keep us happy .

    Maybe nothing new to the locals, but hopefully this update will help out a few riders never the less.

    Moto-Rex
     
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  3. Dodraugen

    Dodraugen Active Member

    Great write up and nice photos!
    Have been thinking of doing this ride for years and finally this weekend comes an opportunity.
     
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  4. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    Great write-up Neil - brought back a flood of memories. I actually lived out of Wat Chan for a week with the Karen - the head of the household, a Karen himself taught English to the kids (surprisingly enough had a degree to do so). A great area to ride sealed or unsealed.
     
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  5. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Spending a week with the Karen would have been a great experience Rod. Just getting fuel in Wat Chan can turn out to be a laugh with the locals. Lovely people.
     

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