Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong - Route advise needed

Discussion in 'Laos - General Discussion Forum' started by brian_bkk, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Hi Fellas,

    Getting to the nitty gritty of the planning now.

    We leave Chiang Mai early early AM.. Sunrise.

    Google Maps shows 3 routes will similar timings to arrive at Chiang Khong from Chiang Rai. (From experience, these timings can be a fair way off)

    What route would you seasoned riders recommend?
    We are looking to get to the border as early as possible to cross over and start the ride in Laos.

    Suggest routes from Google are

    1 hour 57 mins
    Phahon Yothin/Route 1, Route 1016 and Route 1129
    118 km
    1 hour 59 mins
    Route 1152 and Route 1020
    111 km
    2 hours 3 mins
    Route 1173 and Route 1174
    105 km

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  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The quickest way
    Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Payamengrai – Chiang Khong.
    Routes 118 – 1 – 1020 – 1152 – 1174 – 1020.
    Distance 287 kms.
    "Racing" 3 ½ hrs.
  4. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

  5. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Hi Brian.
    I'm in Luang Namtha tonight.
    Look out for a klx, and a dusty rider.
  6. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Hi Rex,

    We are just bringing the bikes up etc this weekend as I have to go to Vietnam for work Monday to Thursday.

    Heading back to Chiang Mai Thursday 2nd 8:40pm flight. Then up to Laos on Friday the 3rd.

    Will you still be around then.. Would be great to catch up with you

  7. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Sorry Brian, I misread the OP.
    I'll be back in CM or CK when you return, so may see you then.
  8. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer


    Where will you be on monday evening 29? Should be pottering around that area - probably in the Luangnamtha area on my way further east.

  9. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Hi Auke.

    Just got your Internet connection in Muang Long last night.
    I'm in Houei Xai tonight, and crossing back to Thailand tomorrow.

    Cheers Rex
  10. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer

    Hi Rex,

    Yes, that is part of the fun in Laos - no internet to the wide wide world. Anyway had to delay my departure with one day so will not be on 29 evening in Luang Namtha but probably in a small town with no internet somewhere along the road. Will contact you once I am back in Chiangmai probably around 10 December or so.


  11. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Hope we can see each other along the way.

    If you see two guys on a black and blue ninja 650 that will be us.

    Plan to spend Friday evening 3rd luang nantha and from there Nong khiew, LP, plain of jars, vang vieng before crossing to Nong khai.

    Any recommendation for accommodation at luang namtha ?

    Will check in here for any updates in case we can meet up.


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