Riding in the wet season. Out and about in the North.

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Moto-Rex, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    North Thailand. Motor bike riding in the wet season.

    August is a great time to be out on the roads in the North. Sure the down side is your going to get a bit wet now and then, but the upside is, its cool, and the scenery is stunning.

    Heres a few photos of what its like at the moment. May help with those planning a trip, and wondering what time of the year to go.

    All alone in a field of rice.
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    The new section of hwy 3037 north of Wawi.
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    This stretch is steep.
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    Welcome to the jungle.
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    This is one of many roads that heads west towards the mountain range off hwy1 about 10km south of Mae Sai.
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    The mountains up close.
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    Theres plenty of small farms, so theres a maze of dirt tracks.
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    Dont know what there growing here, but it looks good.
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    If Jesus can do it, so can the KLX.
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    These are the Tharn Tong water falls on hwy120.

    Its the first time Ive ever seen these falls with water flowing down them.
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    A little further down the 120 is the lookout, were you can see Phayao and the lake in the distance.
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    Not only do you get a great view over to Phayao from the lookout, but you now get the see these two prehistoric mamamals.
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    They reminded me of the Flintstones.........Barney Rubble, what an actor.
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    Some say riding in the wet season is no fun......I say bollocks.
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    Had working people making an honest living.
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    Temple on the west side of Lake Phayao.
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    And next to the temple was this little market.
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    They where certainly a happy bunch.
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    I like this shot, cant believe my little camera took it.
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    Not much commentary, but I think the photos show that Its a good time to be out and about in the North.

    Moto-Rex
     
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  3. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    Beautiful photos there rex, are you sure you took them?
    you are right, the wet season provides beautiful scenery and is a wonderful time to be out and about. also the tarmac has had most of the diesel washed of it making for clean, grippy roads. fantastic!
    and some nice dirt roads in there aswell around mae sai that i know you love exploring :thumbup: the mae sai enduro club claim they have amazing riding up there and seeing from the shots you took im inclined to believe them. must get up and off-road there one day. :happy2:
     
  4. Sylvie

    Sylvie Ol'Timer

    BEAUTIFULL PICTURES !!!!!!!!!!!! rrraaaaaaaaaaa i am super JEALOUS !!! :lol-sign:

    For how long were you on the road?

    Ciao from roasting Rome
    Sylvie
     
  5. ChiangMaiDiver

    ChiangMaiDiver Ol'Timer

    Rex,

    Your right, that pic with the sky reflecting off the rice field and the tree on the right side is outstanding... Nice post.
     
  6. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Yes, I pressed the button Luke, believe it or not......The auto setting on the camera is a wonderful thing. :shh:

    Hello there Sylvie.
    Ive just been doing a few two and three day rides staying in the Phayao, Fang, Mae Sai, Chaing Rai etc.
    Great riding during the day, and nice little towns to spend the night.

    Moto-Rex
     
  7. guichard

    guichard Ol'Timer

    Hello,

    Thanks Rex for the beautiful photos.I wish I could come to Thailand during this season.

    But,coming during the dry season only,it is the first time i see Phayao lake so clear from the view point.

    So,from Wawi,all the way down to the Mae Kok is paved now? I remember a beautifl but sandy and slippery downhill.

    Now,2 on a road bike should not be "hairy" for the pillion passenger...

    Cheers,

    Lung,(southern french Alps).
     
  8. Kiwi Cruiser

    Kiwi Cruiser Ol'Timer

    Carrying on from Moto-Rex's post... if you don't mind a wet bum from time to time, riding in the Wet Season can be truly stunning. I grew up on the West Coast of the South Island of NZ - 150 - 200 inches of rain (4 metres) a year. Its very similar to here- if you don't ride in the rain - you don't ride!!! For those of us who live in north Thailand, opportunities abound to take advantage of the sunny periods between the monsoon showers... as per today, when Ann and I took advantage of the sunshine and hit the roads...

    Rice Paddies: planting is in full swing throughout the Lanna Kingdom - "The Land of A Million Rice Fields"
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    10kms from Chiang Saen - Bundles of rice seedlings are carried by hand to waiting teams of planters
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    While the guy with the mechanised plough turns the paddy into a mud slurry!
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    Talk about back-breaking labour!
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    Near intersection of 1174 / 1152 - Ing River plains (above) are gorgeous!
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    Sunset on paddy fields - 1233 near Wiang Chai

    Temples: a lot of construction and remodelling in temples across the north...
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    The Mekong: lots of muddy water rolling down the 'Kong today!
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    Looking down from Highway 1129, toward the Mekong a few kms upstream of Chiang Khong
     
  9. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Great pictures Moto-Rex! I am just back from two month purgatory in Europe and can not wait to blunder around the homeland again. Your report is urging me but I still have one foot nailed down for a couple of weeks. I do not really like (free) showers but another advantage of the season is the transparency of the air and the contrasted skies punctuated by clouds. This will last till December and then we get the smog (pouah!!!) again! As for the size of your camera, do not worry! Some of the greatest photographers have used small boxes :)
     
  10. Billy Baht

    Billy Baht Ol'Timer

    Yep, add me to the list of your photography admirers :)

    How ya been Rex?
     
  11. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Well worth the umbrella! Even so I am not an adept of free showers, the clear air, with often stunning cumulus, is a great reward before the second part of the dry season when the only colours are black scorched fields and smoky skies. Thank you for putting some colours on our trails :)
     

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