Some Motorbike-Tours: Chiang Mai, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Tham Lo

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by helbob, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Some Motorbike-Picture-Tours: Chiang Mai, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Tham Lot Cave, Kamphaeng Paet

    When i came to Chiang Mai I stay in Hang Dong (near Chiang Mai). The first: Look for a motorbike, but I like 2-stroke! On the next day a thaiman give me his private yamaha 200. My girlfrient want drive with me too, but she don’t know where I go :wink:. I told her that is sometimes hard, but she says “no problem”

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    Doi Suthep, Huai Ting Thao
    On the next day i want check she. We start a small tour to Doi Suthep and Huai Ting Thao.
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    On Huai Ting Dao stop for picknick with birdeggs
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    Really, she not make problem.


    Pai
    Then i think we can start to pai, the “real way”. From Chiang mai to Pai about 140 km. Here a short stop:
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    We go to Michel Bungalow, 7km before Pai. Michel have a small pool too, he is a swiss man.
    Michel Bungalow,
    60.M.10 Ban Rong Yang , T. Toong Yao , A. Pai
    58130 Mae Hong Son , Thailand

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    Some pics from the resort

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    For no-swimmers :wink:

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    In the evening welcome-party

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    Some new resorts are in pai since my last visit at 2001. The Gasalong Resort is a unusual resort (pic on the right)

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    Some pictures of a trip near the hospital of pai

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    Nice dogs, later more


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    More in the next days..
     
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  3. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Pai: Tour to the Tham Lot Cave
    After some days i think for a bigger tour, we choose the Tham Lot Cave. The way through the mountains is very nice. And the viewpoint

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    after 35 km from Pai, great. Sometimes you can drive to the top. On the top no shops, only enjoy the silence.

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    After 52 km (from Pai) turn right to the cave. 8 km more on this street then we came to the cave. The cave-tour needs about 1,5 – 2 Stunden. Through the cave is a river and we explore it with a raft .

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    Feding fish in the cave.

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    Nice views

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    Back on the entrance

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    Restaurant on the parking place

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    Hier die Menuecard with price drinklistwith price


    Problem…
    A friend who live here have a problem and must go back to germany. We help him save some furniture from his bar.
    In the middle: Rolli with a bike from joe that has a 400 ccm engine, but no power :cry:


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    More in the next days..
     
  4. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Pai: Hotsprings and Café Del Doi
    In the morning we start to the hotsprings in pai, good feeling because the air-temperature is cold.

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    After to the Cafe Del Doi for breakfast and relax .

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    The Cafe was not finish at 2003, here you can see the „real“ wall :wink:.

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    The old bridge some kilometers before Pai, built 1942.

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    Pai: Tour to Mae Hong Son and via Jabo to the border of Burma
    In the evening I thinking about a new tour and I see a street in the Mae Hong Son Loop that goes to the border of Burma.
    First we drive the 1095, the way to MHS. A short stop on the viewpoint and the japanese man want sit on my bike :wink:

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    On the 1226 turn right to Jabo, on this checkpoint:

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    Now it starts a greatful street, small citys where nobody speak english.

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    Sometimes we drive dirt roads to look the farmers.

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    The farmers have a hard job in the mountains. Many years ago they plant poppies and ganja, now only tea and vegetable.

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    Near the border

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    Great landscape. The people in the mountains poor, but they have TV with electric from a car-batterie :wink:

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    If a truck is broken the mechanic come to the truck.

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    A good „highway“ goes until the border ,then finishm but why? The police near the border have good cars.

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    After the same way back until the 1095. My girlfriend say she want look MHS, i say o.k. After 160 km we arrived in Mae Hong Son and rent a bungalow in Jonkam Guesthouse. The small bungalow with wc and toilett costs 100 Baht.

    Left pic: The House with rooms, Middle: Our bungalow, Right pic: Inside the Bungalow

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    Near our bungalow the Wat Chong Klang and the Wat Chong Kam

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    On the next morning up to the temple, it is cold and MHS ist under a fog.

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    Behind a wood temple, in the front a pavillion where you can see the city.

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    After back to pai.


    More in the next days..
     
  5. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Pai: Kanu Tour
    When we come back noon, we start to a funny kanu-tour with friends. The tour costs 2500 Baht for 5 people.

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    A big fun!!

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    Problem: A tree in the river… :wink: :wink: Pom where are you ?? :wink:

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    Halftime: Drinking some beer

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    After 7 Days back to Chiang Mai


    Tour Chiang Mai - Kamphaeng Pet
    When we arrived in Chiang Mai my girlfriend want buy a german sheperd dog, but i say this is not a dog for thailand. Then she remember the dalmatian dog from the temple and want this dog.

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    A nice dog for 1900 Baht named Tina.

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    On the next day we must drive to her home to Kampaeng Paet WITH THE DOG. Two bags and the dog, not easy....

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    When we arrived the tachometer shows 380 km. We need about 8,5 hr because the tire was broken and nobody there have this tire.On the gasoline-station, Tina is tired.

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    In the small city of pom is nothing to see, only in the night ....

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    The house is 50% stone and 50% wood

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    With poms cousin we drive to the Khlonglan Waterfall (Nationalpark). Its about 113 km.

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    I like the waterfal so we go again on the next day :)

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    after 1 week i go back to Chiang Mai, this time only 310 km in 5 hr.


    More in the next days..
     
  6. bomb defuzer

    bomb defuzer Ol'Timer

    380 km on that bike with that cargo is amazing. Must have been a trip to remember.

    Great post, thanks for sharing the trip.

    Chris
     
  7. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Yes, a very hard trip on the highway :cry:

    Chiang Mai: Ban Tawai, everything wood

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    Don’t miss it, Ban Tawai is very interessted! About 10 km south from Chiang Mai. Every people carve and working with wood.

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    Big carvings costs about 50.000 baht.
    They can send it everywhere in the world.


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    Chiang Mai: Samoeng und Panorama Enduro Tour
    From Chiang Mai 20km to the north on the 107 then turn left to 1095. At km 36 turn right up.

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    Bigger Pic where you must turn right

    On a small street 7 km up until a small pavillion and viewpoint.

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    200m behind is dirt dirt road that goes to the top of the mountain.

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    Only 1,5 km to the top.

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    After down to the street and down where are some restaurants at km 53.
    At km 68 the round is finish, turn right.

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    At km 78 back on the point where we start.
    Now the way to Samoeng , until this street on the picture, turn left

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    On the top a view

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    The next 15 km many curves on a good street

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    At km 138 back in Chiang Mai.


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  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Like the report & pix. Youve certainly been having a great time riding & touring. Keep going.
     
  9. helbob

    helbob Ol'Timer

    Thanks,
    the next report is about cambodia :p
    And this year i will come to chiang mai for 3 or 4 weeks.
     

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