Samoeng Backroads

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by cm das, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. cm das

    cm das Ol'Timer

    After hearing me rave about my D-Tracker, my friend Bjorn decided to rent one for a day and we headed out to Samoeng with my GT-Rider Mae Hong Son Loop map to do some exploring.

    Our route was convoluted: 1269-5032-4029-unnamed road 1-6033-unnamed road 2-1096 and home. Much of this ground has been covered in recent reports by Ally and Captain Slash, so I'll focus on the 4029 & the first unnamed road.

    The turnoff to the 4029 is well-marked.
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    The first few km are paved, then it changes to dirt, with slow moving local traffic.
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    Soon it's paved again, and at Ban Om Long we reached this intersection and turned left, staying on the 4029.
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    It's a beautiful road, paved but with a few rough patches.
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    We went as far as Yang Moen and then turned back. Near Ang Khai we spotted this sign, promising a cave at 800m, a waterfall at 1000m and a shrine(?) at 2060m. Why not?
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    Only about 200m in we came across this gate, and were pondering what to do when a pickup came from the other direction & they began dismantling it.
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    We pressed on.
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    The D-Tracker refused to cross this stream bed so I had to do it on foot.
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    (kidding)

    About 2km in there was no sign of a cave, waterfall or shrine, and the road became one with a stream. So again we backtracked. It was a nice little excursion though, giving me and the D-Tracker a chance to get to know each others' capabilities a little better.

    Back to the intersection at Om Long, this time we took the other turn onto a road that is marked but unnamed on the map. The lower stretches were nice but a little dusty.
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    We stopped briefly at a small reservoir on the way in.
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    The upper stretches of the road were awesome! Tightly packed dirt through a beautiful forest.
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    I could ride this kind of road forever, or at least until my ass was destroyed by the D-Tracker's seat! After maybe 15km we hit the 6033, where we turned left, then followed it until Ban Pok. At the temple there we turned left onto the unnamed road that leads to Pong Khrai & the 1096 just above Pong Yang. By this time I was too much in the zone to stop for pics, but I highly recommend this road as a route from the Samoeng area back to Mae Rim. The winding dirt road goes through a thick forest that even now is still lush and green.

    As usual, there were lots of side roads we didn't take, much more exploring to be done around there. And I'm still enjoying my bike more with every ride, though I've decided that a new seat and new tires with more tread can't wait much longer.
     
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  3. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Great post ! Here I am with finger on map following your dialogue.

    That pic DSC03280 & tightly packed dirt through a beautiful forest is very inviting indeed.

    Thanks so much for sharing that trip, it looks like you guys had fun on your d-trackers.

    Mmmm, so much talk on here about these bikes, getting very tempted ! What tyres are your thinking about ?

    Ally
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Cm Das
    Good stuff, getting out there now in the hot season.
    You're having too much fun already.
    Even though it is hot, NOW is he time to get out there & explore all those dirt trails you would not be able to do in the wet season.
    I have to chuckle about the missing waterfall & cave - Ive been caught out like that a few times & you find you've joined the farkarwee tribe. But had you found the waterfall it's doubtful there would have been muvch water after a hot walk there.
    Where's the next ride?
     
  5. cm das

    cm das Ol'Timer

    Thanks for the comments. Ally: the D-Tracker may not be the best bike for everyone but for my purposes - lots of riding in town & regular touring around mountain roads like those beyond Samoeng, but no serious off-roading - it's just about perfect. As for tires, I'd like to get something like the Michelin Siracs pictured here.
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    In another thread KZ suggested the Metzeler Tourance, Enduro 3 Sahara or Pirelli MT60. The Bridgestone Trailwings also look like a possibility. I'll have to see what's available in CNX and at what cost.

    David: You're right I've got to get my miles in before it gets too muddy out there. I'm just sorry I didn't get the D-Tracker back in November so I could have done more riding in the cool season. The roads are ok now and I don't mind the heat so much but it's too bad how the smoky/hazy air cuts down on the views. As for the next ride, it's going to be a border run with some side-excursions thrown in if time allows. Still haven't decided between Mae Sot via Mae Sariang or Mae Sai via Fang & Mae Salong.
     
  6. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    I have used Metzeler Tourance on my TDM 850 and the Sahara Desert on my DR650. The Sahara's seem to be wearing quite quickly. The only place in Chiang Mai I found that could order the tires is Barcelona BMW. Usually 2 day delivery. Not inexpensive. :roll:
     
  7. saxonator

    saxonator Ol'Timer

    Hey Paul and Bjorn,

    nice trip report. Cool to see you on some bikes. Just dropped in to say "hello"

    Cheers Rudi
     

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