Raggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more....

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by helbob, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 1
    Hi everybody, only 5 days in Chiang Mai but many thing to tell.
    One trip goes to the Kristadoi garden with many nice flowers

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    and woodhouse

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    The next trip to one of the best temples, named Wat Luang Khun Win

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    then i saw in the map a "restricted" and i start alone. One my trip i met some guys with a thaiguide. But when we go back i lost the group. Does anyone know who is this thaiguide? He told me he has his shop in Sanpatong or Hang Dong.
    Here are some pictures of the real hard tour:
    One the right side the thaiguide, does anybody know him?

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  3. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 2


    Then we have the Pai Raggae Festival on Huai Ting Tao Lake. Many oltimer cars:

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    And the digital map on my garmin run very good, easy to find many nice places and small pathes! This one goes down from the small village near the camping place on Doi Suthep.

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    After this was a Karen Culture Festival in the small city where My Dream Guesthouse is. The village is about 25km of Chiang Rai on the Mae Kok River. The girls in white clothes are NOT married :)

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    In the same village elephant riding

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  4. GraGra

    GraGra Member

    Spectacular view from the summit. Have been to PCF, but too lazy to walk to the summit to watch the sunrise - it was bloody freezing! Next time :)
     
  5. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 3

    Collapsed road on the boder to burma, north of Thaton, on 1700m. It is not easy to go this way because there is an army checkpoint.....but it is one of the greatest roads o
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    You can see many trees like this one up to 1400m.

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    This picture was made on the ridge, on 1600m and shows burma

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    Not far and i see the collapsed road

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    This foto shows thailand with a small village, but about 1500m sealevel

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    Down in one of the biggest fruit gardens of thailand, on the Mae Mao Dam, a wonderful place

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    On the way back to Chiang Rai, rice farmer

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    Not forget to look the really nice Wat Thaton, on the mountain near Thaton

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    View from the Wat Thaton

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  6. BignTall

    BignTall Ol'Timer

    Great report Hellbob!!!

    The Thai guide is a guy that is into Trials bikes and yes he is out near Hang Dong if I'm remembering correctly but sadly i forget his name. Maybe give Luke a PM as his memory has only been distorted by ten years of women and booze.

    The Wat Luang Khun Win looks brilliant and a very nice change from gaudy gold colors adorned on most modern Thai temples. Nice find.

    I have been through Ob Khan forest a few times on the dirt bike but never came across your vantage point where the river carved out stone sections like in your picture. If you have time could you give me an idea where that section is located?? Thank you.

    Once again great post.
     
  7. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 4
    The way from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

    This year many flowers like this
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    Near Chiang Dao, the Chiang Dao Hill Resort, looks nice
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    An then i look the Chiang Dao Cave, worth seeing

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    The entrance

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    The next pictures was on the way from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

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    How to built a temple? :)

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  8. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 5

    The Doi Chang Loop in the south of Chiang Rai, many dirt roads in the nature of high mountains. First on the Mae Kok river to My Dream Guesthouse. The best place for a short stop or for stay 2 nights.

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    The Chapunpee Forest Park (Doi Chang)

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    Small village near Doi Chang summit

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    Many people live in the highlands of Doi Chang, the most of them Akha and they work on coffefarms

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    A big panoramic, if you click for a bigger pic you can see a 2500 pixel resolution

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    Khun Korn Waterfall, south of Chian Rai

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  9. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 6

    A daytrip to the Chaesorn (Jaeson) Nationalpark 50km in the east of Chiang Mai. Curvy mountainstreets in the highlands, i can recoment this tour.

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    When you come to the entrance and you want only pass then you must NOT pay 200 baht, because it is only about 500m to the exit.

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    When you pass then a small street goes up

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    After the viewpoint the street goes down and will end at the point where many tours start.
     
  10. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Map & Track Luang Khun Win Loop

    Here is the GPX Track (please right mouse klick and then save under....), the track is 141km long.
    -Start in Chiang Mai and drive north to Mae Rim
    -In Mae Rim turn left and drive up to a nice mountain street
    -After the mountain street turn right to Samoeng
    -In Samoeng turn left, after a few km the dirt road start
    -In the forest turn left to the temple, and after go back to this road
    -In Mae Win turn left and drive to San Patong
    -In San Patong left and on the highway 108 back to Chiang Mai

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  11. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 7

    Then i spend one day for Chiang Mai exploring and look the temples and.....

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    Wat Sri Suphan, 2min from Safe House Court http://www.watsrisuphan.org

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    The Wat Chediluang Varaviharn, worth seeing

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    The Mornthean Temple on the north side of the canal

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    Also north side, the Wat Lok Molee with a small garden, worth seeing

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  12. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 8

    Some temples good on the day but better in the night for photographing.

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    Wat Phantao

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    Wat Phantao, sometimes they have this ceremony wich is nice to look. A monk sit near the water and speak/pray

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  13. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 9

    The next daytrip goes to the north-west area of Chiang Mai

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    When i enjoy the view a bicyle-group came up. Some of the best bikers of thailand too. We make a picture. Sorry for the quality, when i go the first time this way i forgot the akku of my camera :crazy:, and this is a handyfoto

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    Also a handyfoto on Mon Cham garden

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    Mon Cham Garden on a wonderful summit

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    And then the best one, the Rock Tower = Mount Takhrai

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    On the way back, a cart (same place as bungee jump), a handyfoto

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  14. David Race

    David Race Ol'Timer

    Well done Helbob great pictures very well done it was a pleasure to see your photos and read about your trip.
     
  15. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    just a post for new site because to many pics in one site
     
  16. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    just a post for new site because to many pics in one site. After the 20th post is new site
     
  17. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    just a post for new site
     
  18. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Thanks David :mrgreen:

    just a post for new site
     
  19. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    just a post for new site, after 20th a new :|
     
  20. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    ..... and again....
     
  21. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    ...the last one...
     
  22. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 10

    Phu Chee Fah on the Laos Border, the view from my bungalow in the morning.

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    The Phu Fah Sawan Resort i can recoment, it is about 7km from the Phu Chee Fah Village Rom Fah Thai. On weekdays many resorts not open or don't want to work. This resort very nice style and friendly. But the most people here speak only thai. The bungalow in Phu Fah Sawan is 500 Baht. The Phu Chee Fah Inn want 500 baht for the old ugly bamboo bungalow, i not ask anymore for the stonebungalows.
    Here the Phusawan Resort:

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    The room with TV,

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    The sign on the street is only in thai and you must drive up to see the resort

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    This is the road which i came here, maybe you remember it, last year it was new built

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    The Phu Chee Fah Summit, about 1600m. This year it was very cold. This week in the night time on 1200m about 16C.

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    A summit pano, klick for a big 2500 pixel resolution, right down Laos

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    Pano, klick for a big 2500 pixel resolution, right down Laos

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    The view to the foodpath to come up, klick for a big 2500 pixel resolution, right down Laos

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  23. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Kop kun kap 2wheels :happy2:
    Phu Chee Fah is a very different place to the other areas because nearly only hmong (meo). I made many tracks there but i loose the most of them because the garmin don't told me that the space is full :mad:
    So next year again :huh:
     
  24. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Tour 2011: Reggae Festival, Hardcore Tour and more..Part 11

    Phu Chee Fah: In the small city a buddha

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    Then i drive the way to Doi Pha Tang on the Laos Border, passing this nice village

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    The dirt roads around in this area

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    Also on the Lao Border, near Pha Tang

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    Doi Pha Tang entry

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    Buddha and foopath to the Pha Tang Summit

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    The view of Pha Tang, great.
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    The way back, klick for a big 2500 pixel resolution

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    The way back, klick for a big 2500 pixel resolution

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    In the night big butterflys in my resort

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    The small boy with the big bucket, he walk alone....

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    Many trees with these big flowers here, in germany named Engelstrompete

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  25. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    I love your report, the pictures and the places. There are so many things to discover in the region. I am reading from Spain and nostalgic to return. Thank you for sharing this.
     
  26. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    Hellbob,
    Agree with those before me that have commented on the quality of your photos (although I find it difficult to download them all at once). Appreciate those you added to my report on the 'collapsed road'. More intriguing though is the way you've identified then travelled the best of the rides out this way - the collapsed road, Jaeson NP (the road down to Maekampong is a beauty), Mon Cham, the 'Kiwi Cruiser' road to Phu Chi Fa (I've stayed at Phusawan & agree its a good choice), Doi Pha Thang......keep it going!
     

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