Muang Kai and Mon Ngoa

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by cm das, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. cm das

    cm das Ol'Timer

    The route: 107-3009-1095-4024(?) and back

    This is my first trip report so bear with me & please forgive the lack of detailed distances & other newbie errors. I set out from Chiang Mai this morning with the goal of finding my way to Sop Kai from the south. I didn't make it all the way to Sop Kai, but I had a great ride anyway. From Mae Rim I took the 3009 (I'm fairly sure this is the one marked on the Mae Hong Son loop map as 3010) past the Prem Center & all the way to the 1095. There I turned left & after a few km reached Sop Poeng.

    Here's the bike, looking clean, at a small reservoir outside of Sop Poeng.
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    At Sop Poeng I turned right onto what another rider has ID'd as the 4024, but I didn't see any signs. The road was well-paved for the first 2km or so.
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    Then turned to dirt, with a few stretches of concrete slabs.
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    Suddenly, after maybe 5km the surface was paved again and in very good condition. Thanks to the Muang Kai Subdistrict Organization! What followed was a great stretch of smooth riding with some decent views despite the smoky haze.
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    Here's a shot of the Subdistrict Organization itself, where the road forks. I went right, on the main road.
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    At the village of Muang Kai there's another fork. The right one dead ends soon, the left goes on another 6km or so to Kai Noi. The surface was packed dirt & slabs.
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    My shots from this part turned out fuzzy. At Kai Noi I nosed around a little but didn't see an obvious road continuing to Sop Kai, much less a sign. There was a dirt track leaving the far end of the village, but being pretty inexperienced at riding the remote dirt roads of northern Thailand I decided to turn around & leave that for another day when I had company. Backtracking to Ban Op (I think), I stopped to check my map again & a local teenager confirmed that Sop Kai is past Kai Noi. When I mentioned I was low on gas he also took me to a local pump. The gas there looked like regular old 91 & that's what the old guy said it was, but let me tell you my D-Tracker was a different beast with that gas in the tank - way more juice than usual. I may have to go back just to fill up.

    When I came back to the Subdistrict, I took the other fork in the road, leading to Mon Ngoa. More packed dirt, with some slabs and a short stretch of twin strips.
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    Looking back down the road from the top of Mon Ngoa.
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    A rough track continues on from here but I didn't. With a sore butt after 3+ hours on the hard D-tracker saddle I headed back to the 1095 & then the 107 to Chiang Mai. I'll definitely explore this area again. I'm sure the views will be spectacular when the air is clearer.
     
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  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Cm Das
    You little beauty, sounds like you definitely had a great time out for the day & are enjoying your new bike.

    Your report prompts me to get out & explore that area again. There are heaps of wonderful trails - dirt / concrete north of the Mae Taeng & south of Chiang Dao.

    Now for a tip: if you go use the GT Rider MHS Loop map & ride up 107 to Kaeng Pan Tao (& the police checkpoint, where they sell Som Os), turn left (west) & ride to Raming Tea & Hoe Tak, as shown on the map, I believe the road now is now concrete / asphalt all the way back down to R107 somewhere. Check it out, I'm sure you will love it on the D-Tracker.

    Many thanks for contributing - please keep them coming.
     
  4. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Hi there Cm Das

    What a great report and a nice ride that route looks. The D-Tracker against that back drop is perfect too.

    Thanks for sharing it & congratulations!

    Ally
     

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