Huai Khwang - Where is the Cave?

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Ally, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Just another shortie this morning up 1269 towards Samoeng and then a left at the top of the climb before the descent into the hairpins. Kevin had told me about the Takatan Caves but I had never been and today on this trip I thought I might pay them a visit.

    Wrong ! Saw the sign near the top end of the track but I seemed to have missed the signs to the actual cave!

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    This turning takes you down a concrete road and is very pleasant.
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    At the bottom there are a few pools of water (with fish Kevin !!) and after that the track deteriorates into patchy mud, soil and then concrete.

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    The guy fixing chains to his truck went on to drive up the muddy mountain but not without a trial. He had 3 runs at it and on the fourth attempt, I rode on listening to the screaming engine for quite some time.

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    The track meanders through a village and most of the houses have a terrific selection of tyres. In this village is a turning, a track up to the right which looks pretty rough. At home, my other half interprets this sign to be the elusive Cave sign.

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    Just beyond here there was a school with all it's pupils and staff dressed in scout type uniform and sat in the shade of a big tree.

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    The end of this loop exits onto the 1269 adjacent to Ban Klang Doi Resort & Spa.
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    Nice ride, great scenery and a variety of surfaces but manageable even on road tyres.

    (After looking at the poor quality of my pics over the last few days I checked inside my camera & found a spec of dust on the lens. Shyte! and a few more expletives !)

    Ally
     
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  3. Fishenough

    Fishenough Ol'Timer

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    You guessed correctly, in the rain the road is worse from the cave then the narrow concrete tracks up this first hill. That hill is fine unless you meet a farmers truck coming down just after you make that first corner, riding twop up, in your pictures.

    Soo close... :D
     
  4. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Thanks for the steer here Kevin.

    On the Loopy gang ride to X-Centre ride this week, I pointed this turn out to the other guys & I guess this may well get some more visits now.

    I'm waiting for the dry season to try this cave track.

    Ally
     
  5. Fishenough

    Fishenough Ol'Timer

    Loopy gang ride; great ride btw sorry to miss that.

    darn responsibilities keep getting in the way but that sometimes happens.
     

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