The Nan-Nanthaburi loop

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Oddvar, May 11, 2015.

  1. Oddvar

    Oddvar Ol'Timer

    ​A few weeks back I came off 1148 looking for a trail going south and hopefully connect to 1188. It did. The blue track.
    A nice valley with some nice jungle and mountains to the east. I started to look if there was a trail over the mountains, and after some research, talking to the locals, I found one. The green trail.
    And what a amazing trail it was. One of the best I have done in Nanthaburi area.
    I'll say it again. I'm not the first one riding this, the locals do, they built the trail and maintain it.
    I could not find any map that connected these two trails, but many maps has the beginning of either end.

    And because of the Suan Ya Luang trial there is now a nice Nan-Nanthaburi loop.
    Great dirt trails going or coming to Nan from/to CNX and Chiangrai.

    The boring farmland can not be avoided, but most of this loop follow the old trails according to the locals.
    Pre communist and pre corporate farming.

    From the top of Suan Ya Luang.

    The top is about 1550 MSL.

    I have been to the second peak in the back ground but not found any trail leading this way.
    Google Earth shows this area as without trees. But the bushes is 1-2m high and hard to get trough.

    This is what I like to ride in.

    The locals warned me about fallen trees. So I brought an axe and were confident to get through. Little did i know..

    Luckily the locals had cleared the western part of the Suan Ya Luang trail. There were about 6-7 trees this size over the trail. Some looked to be from previous seasons. If I had to axe myself through I guess I would still be up there.

    The Suan Ya Luang peak is just to the right of the yellow flag. The dirt trail is pointing right at the peak. Just to give you hope.
    If there is a bucket list for riding in Nan, this should be on it.

    Here are the tracks.
    Doi Pha Chang

    Suan Ya Luang

    The Nan-Nanthaburi loop
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  3. mgeepers

    mgeepers Active Member

    Great stuff Oddvar thanks for sharing
  4. Russ McDermid

    Russ McDermid Active Member

    Hi Oddvar,
    Are you happy if I add your tracks to OSM (Open Street Map) ?
  5. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Certainly a nice part of the country up there.

  6. Oddvar

    Oddvar Ol'Timer

    I have uploaded the traces to OSM via
    Traces I uploaded a year ago just recently showed up in OSM, maybe with more uploads of the same traces will speed it up!

    Please uploaded the traces.
  7. Russ McDermid

    Russ McDermid Active Member

    Thanks Oddvar - I'll check they all went in OK.

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