Rainy season - best time of year

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by ianyonok, Aug 9, 2015.

  1. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    I do love the rainy season, the countryside looks so beautiful.

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    Off for a few days ride around to enjoy. But first, back to the favourite Hom Pan Din coffee shop, for breakfast..

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    and it's vineyard

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    and garden views

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    several varieties of grape

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    and a wonderful all natural "fuk" walkway

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    Had a little go at a Lam Nam Kok NP trail

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    But discretion won over valour

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    after slithering around on the sticky Chiang Rai red mud and getting nowhere...

    Trails like this don't look good..

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    Couldn't manage this one either, just too slippery at this time of year

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    This is how you know you are on a good biking road.....

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    I'd often wondered about this section of road on the 107

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    so went to investigate..

    It's the limestone karst area in Chiang Dao. A small river, ravine and karsts block the direct route of the road.

    A path leads to a climb to the top of one karst.

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    Not being energetic enough to climb all the way up, I rode on..

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    This little road goes from just south of the Chiang Dao Hill Resort across to the 1178 (Chiang Dao - Arunothai)

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    Nice to get away from the traffic

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    great scenery

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    almost no-one around

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    A small side road led to

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    I could see the water coming out of the ground

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    and ride on

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    The fantastic skyline view up near Arunothai

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    on to the 1178 across to Piang Luang

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    ...... still almost no-one around... fantastic.. new tarmac

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    the last section is not paved but easy stuff

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    Looking down into the Wiang Haeng - Piang Luang valley and the Maenam Taeng

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    Thought I'd stay at the ChomView Resort. 500 Baht and fantastic views but the bed didn't look too clean.. so moved on.

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    Went to check the Lak Taeng border crossing..... no change....

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    Up to the wat at the top

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    with it's puzzling gatepost sign in English

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    A clear depiction of the famous elephant battle between King Naresuan and Mingyi Swa, who was leading the Burmese invasion in 1592. Not hard to see who is who.....

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    Also of interest and more recent history, were a lot of photos of Sao Gorn Jerng, the

    famous Shan freedom fighter and ally of Khun Sa

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    An interesting photo, in that they are shaking hands. I assume waiing is for Thais.

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    With Khun Sa, clearly good friends.

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    From 1959, as a young man.

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    Another view down into the border crossing pass.

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    You have to take this photo really

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    Then back to have a look at the extensive chinese style cemetary on the ridge just east of Piang Luang

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    From modest to less so.

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    I spent the night here. A new place in the town, run by a nice lady from Bangkok. Very comfortable, 1000 Baht with simple breakfast.

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    more to come...
     
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  3. rcm273

    rcm273 Ol'Timer

    sorry DP
     
  4. rcm273

    rcm273 Ol'Timer

    What are you saying about the elephant relief ? .. It looks like Narasuawan is the attacker, when in all probability, he got his ass whipped by the Burmese.

    Sorry, I missed the films. I taught Thai history for 6 months in a primary school for an hour a week, it was so polluted, it put me off researching any further than the book I read ( ahem, i mean taught ) from. So I know very little.
     
  5. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    Next day, off on the dirt road to Pai, but at the army checkpoint junction, I managed to persuade the soldier to let me go north up towards the border.

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    This was an army road and in good condition.

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    Fantastic.... and no-one around...again..

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    As I get higher it gets very misty

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    and almost cold...

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    Down the other side of the 1800m mountain

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    I must have been near to Doi Dam. The mountain ridge ahead was clearly the border.

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    I ended up in a Royal project up here. The road goes all the way up to the border but gets smaller and it was raining and slippery, so, I'll have to revisit another day when it's drier. Need plenty of time too, it's a long way up there to the border from the junction at Hua Pai. Not much traffic goes up there, it's clear to see.

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    So, back to the junction and on the main road to Pai.

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    Down into the beautiful little valley of Mueang Noi

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    and Maenam Pai

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    this wooden bridge is getting decidely shaky

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    On the tarmac for a ride around "the top" of the loop and a stop at the Kiu Lom viewpoint. The natural fortress of Doi Chiang Dao clearly visible to the far right.

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    At Mae Suya, there is a road south to the Susa waterfall. Another lovely area.

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    I didn't make it to the waterfall, the eight heavies at the NP gate demanding 200 baht put me off.....

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    I stopped to check out Mai Sang Nahm waterfall on the main road

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    After a night in MHS, it was round the loop to Khun Yuam and across to Mae NaChon on the 1263,

    then east and northeast into the mountains again.

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    A bit more challenging now..

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    It was about here I dropped the bike..... down on the right, but the left leg kissed the gear lever and the footrest gave me a heart...

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    Enough slippery dirt lets get back on the solid stuff, it was raining on and off by now.

    Stopped in a small GH in the heavy rain, just outside Samoeng. The corner "sao" of the room with blessing

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    Next morning, heading back up north.

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    After the 1001 up to Phrao, on to the lovely 1346 north to Chai Prakarn

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    The southern National Park section of this road is gorgeous

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    Light refreshing rain on the way  up the valley.

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    A lot of new tarmac on this road... fantastic.... and guess what.....?... no traffic...... that's all running up the 107.....

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    Further north, past Thaton and Saen Suk, up a little dirt road

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    more wonderful scenery in this valley up to Mae Chan

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    There is a long neck village here with dirt main road.

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    More graves on the hilltops, with views back west along the 1089 valley.

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    one more shot looking east after crossing the checkpoint at Kiu Sataan.

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  6. blackb15

    blackb15 Ol'Timer

    Great photos interesting trip I hope your legs ok

    safe riding

    paul
     
  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Good little write up - good to see someone out there enjoying the wet season too.

    Glad you didn't have any serious dropping the bike out thee on your own too - that is always a worry when you ride along in remote areas on remote trails.

    Thanks for the reminder on Wat Muang Noi too.

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    I'd forgotten about that Wat & history out there.
     

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