Sukhothai - Mae Sot - Mae Sariang. Plus 105 update.

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Moto-Rex, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. Moto-Rex

    Moto-Rex Ol'Timer

    Sukhothai - Mae Sot - Mae Sariang. 105 update.

    I ended up in Sukhothai after taking a wrong turn while heading back to Chiang Mai from Nong Khai, yep, it was one of my short cuts that didn’t quite work out. No big deal, Id always wanted to look at the historical park there, and it was also an easy ride over to hwy 105 which I wanted to check out as well, plus a day of not sitting on the rock hard KLX seat for hours on end was well overdue
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    The Sukhothai Historical Park is about 12 kilometres out of town, ..its no Angkor Wat, but its still pretty impressive, and worth a look.

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    I couldn’t help but thinking if they had put more time into the initial planning and construction of these buildings, they wouldn’t be in such disrepair today.
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    I traded the KLX for this green machine to get around the grounds. I think the last time this bike had any maintenance on it, was when the ruins were built.
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    It was quite nice just peddling around the grounds.
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    Outside the main Historical park there were a few other Wats and Temple etc, and you can ride to them on your motor bike.
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    Next day after a few beers the night before at “Bar 64000” where they serve the coldest beers in Thailand, it was of to Mae Sai.

    The road from Sukhothai to Tak. The magnificent KLX wasn’t made for this road that’s for sure.
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    I stopped to take a couple of photos and calm the nerves down on the road from Tak to Mae Sai. Ive never seen such crazy driving, and psycho over taking moves as I did on that road.
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    I spent a night in Mae Sai, before heading north on a beautiful sunny day on hwy 105.
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    Perhaps not such a great day for the people stuck in these refugee camps that are scatted along the hwy.
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    Imagine what happens when a fire starts…instant inferno.
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    Highway 105 update.
    There are 3 sections that total about 20 kilometres that would be less than enjoyable on the road bike. Most of it being road works, with potholes, and slippery gravel on hard packed, which would be slow going, but ok I think. The day rode up I seen 3 Harleys going south.

    The yellow and white paint was still wet on a lot of the new sections, and in some sections the painter hadn’t arrived on the scene yet. Brand new.
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    When this road is complete, its going to be one of the best rides in Thailand…maybe the whole wide world.
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    Nice through here.
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    There was a few new Wats that have been built since the last time I rode the 105.
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    What looks to be a new Wat just south of Mae Sariang.
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    Moto-Rex
     
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  3. David-GTR

    David-GTR Member

    Hey good one Rex. You've just reminded it's about time I checked out Sukhothai once again.

    How was the accommodation & food scene for you.
    I used to love the Dream Cafe if it is still going.
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Sukhothai - Wat Mahathat early morning August 2015.

    From 6.30 am - 5.30PM no vehicles are allowed in the park.

    So if you get there at first light (1) you can take your bike in & ride around, plus (2) there is no entrance fee - which is only a mere 100 baht anyway; but you've got your own transport if you dont want to peddle.

    However at  7AM the park security comes around& asks you to take your vehicle out, but a ticket & get on a treddly.

    We skipped on the treddly & the ticket, making do with stunning Wat Mahathat at first light (as the the day before I had ridden in for some happy snaps after 5PM.)

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    Check it out - it is worth getting up at first light for when the sun's golden rays shine on the face of the Buddha images. Go in the afternoon & the sun is behind the images making photography more tricky.

    There are a stack of guesthouses / hotels resorts by the ruins which are 12 kms out of town, but at night the area is pretty damn quiet. I prefer to stay in town to wine & dine in Sukhothai. Please yourself.

    See some GTR Sukhothai accommodation tips here

    http://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/topic/sukhothai-accommodation

    Cheers.
     

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