The Samoeng Loop - Post Your Photos here

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by DavidFL, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    A new photo sticky. This one for the Samoeng Loop.

    The Samoeng Loop is the famous 100 kms loop / circumnavigation of Doi Suthep / Pui mountain from Chiang Mai. Everyone does it at least once, if not on a regular basis.

    So let's build up a Samoeng Loop ride photo collection.
    Take a photo of yourself + bike in front of
    1. The Samoeng Police Box T Junction & the GT Rider banner.
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    2. The Samoeng viewpoint on R1096.

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  3. Captain Wally

    Captain Wally Ol'Timer

    Here's one from last August. Lucky I was wearing my GT Rider shirt eh?
    Wasn't much of a view that day but we weren't there for the view. We were sheltering from the rain :roll:

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  4. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    I found this one from 2006,,,,,,,,,

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    Thim (L) and my TDM. Big & Tall (Justin), Luke , and Snail (David Lek). I can't remember the occasion. :oops:
     
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

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    Silverhawk, Motorbike Marcus & Turkish.
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    & apologies it is not one of the "3 designated photo spots."

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  6. Deano747

    Deano747 Ol'Timer

    Does video count?

    Taken 21st Nov 2010. I have no idea who the people were in the lookout.



    Sorry about the spelling........
     
  7. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Homework done today! Went around with brother Klaus, wonderful weather for biking (slightly covered for pictures).

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  8. The Goddess

    The Goddess Member

    went to Samoeng loop today. very nice road :)

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  9. Rhodie

    Rhodie Ol'Timer

    From the first Toy Ride
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    was it 4 years ago Silverhawk?
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    only seems like yesterday
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  10. thailasse

    thailasse Ol'Timer

    The Samoeng viewpoint on R1096

    thailasse & friends, july 2005

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    thailasse & friends, july 2007

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  11. Blister

    Blister Ol'Timer

  12. nikster

    nikster Ol'Timer

    Well since I have one lying around... there you go :)

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  13. ronwebb

    ronwebb Ol'Timer

    Took delivery of my Scrambler today so went for a squirt around the Samoeng loop (too late in the day for anything more adventurous) after Ian Bungy wound up the pre-load on the rear shocks at the XCentre. Always good to have a mechanic on hand!:thumbup:

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  14. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    We reckon we may have seen you near the Mae Rim tun-off; Myriama on the Sonic, whilst I was just ahead of brother Michael on a 'Poor Man's Harley'. Heading home from a packed Sala Cafe - Klaus, brother of Jergen's great little cafe out that way.
     
  15. ronwebb

    ronwebb Ol'Timer

    "Poor Mans Harley"???? I thought he was a lawyer??????
    Also forgot to post the photo of the mechanic.....

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  16. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Congratulations Ron.
     
  17. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    A Beautiful Bike, I am Sure You will have many Great Rides on it! All the Best.
     
  18. johnnysneds

    johnnysneds Ol'Timer

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    Not mine, but I had the pleasure of this around the loop, brilliant.
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  19. daewoo

    daewoo Ol'Timer

    Few hair cuts ago now... from my first trip up north after discovering GT-Rider and deciding to hire an XR250, after never having ridden a bike with gears before, and doing 'The Loop' plus some other day tours was a good idea...

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    Cheers,
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  20. Abg Acid

    Abg Acid Ol'Timer

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    Did the Samoeng Loop in december 2009, on a yamaha FZ150i

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  21. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Some of the Bikes that Called in today on their way around the Samoeng Loop!
    The BMW S1000RR is Alan's New Ride having just brought if from John Gooding!
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    Quite a few Thai Riders out and about on a variety of Bikes!
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    This is Richie on His Street Glide and a Friend on His Dyna.
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    A bit Gloomy earlier but turned into a Beautiful afternoon!
     
  22. johngooding

    johngooding Ol'Timer

    Seeing Ian's post above featuring my ex-ride, the S1000RR, here are some pics I took a couple of weeks back while enjoying the loop on our smallest addition to our personal transport fleet, the excellent Honda PCX. Not the conventional photo points, maybe some things that one does not have so much time to see when negotiating the curves and the sometimes inconsiderate traffic.

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    I like to get the town traffic out of the way first and start from the Canal road, 1269 junction. Travelling clockwise also has the advantage of finishing at the X-Centre, where there is usually someone to compare notes with.

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    So here the nice stuff starts, 36km to Samoeng village.

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    Fondcome Village Resort, I have never stopped here. Is it worth it, for food, or anything else?

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    Some of the many featured attractions along the loop, again, I am afraid I usually ride merrily along, totally ignoring these.

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    Now why has someone parked this in their garden, Maybe awaiting the next flood, but then at around 400M?

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    The locals prove that you do not need the latest most powerful machines to enjoy these roads, nice cornering technique

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    Quarrying or natural erosion?

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    A nice entrance to the estate

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    Peaceful Valley living

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    After some relatively gentle climbing with fun curves, one descends to a few of these rather severe dropping S Bends, best to get the braking done before the bend!

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    Approaching the junction, where the 1269 continues 4 or so km to the village of Samoeng or the loop continues as the 1096 branches off right toward Mae Rim.

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    The junction ahead, with its sleepy Police box and inhabitants. Maybe not too much to disturb a quiet life here.

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    The view from the shelter at the Police Box, looking down toward Samoeng. I do not go down today, but its a good road down, with great views of the valley ahead, and some pleasant refreshment stops. One can get to Pai from Samoeng, small, sometimes rough, sometimes unsurfaced, roads wind through mountains and villages to Wat Chan and then to Pai, a much longer alternative to the busy 1095, but better suited to lighter, dual purpose, trailie type bikes.

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    So to continue the Samoeng loop, turn right on the 1096 and the road climbs up, around good curves, with great views to the left. Now only 27km to Mae Rim, 44 to Chiang Mai.

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    If you have no transport, you see a lot of these yellow buses on the loop, so take one of them. Not sure where they start from.

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    Just 1km further on, something being cultivated on the hillsides, I wonder what it is?

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    A view of the well known view point, just a few bends away. I did not stop there as it has been pictured many times.

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    More cultivated and machined hillsides, roads being made up the hill and earth being removed for building fill in, as we drop down toward the more inhabited areas

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    This very impressive and unneccessarily large junction, is likely to owe its presence to somebody needing the work rather than the traffic demands.

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    For those of you who were not sure that Thailand was Paradise on Earth, here it is.

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    Dropping down now past a number of attractions, such as the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. Many others not photographed, where you can see, elephants, monkeys, insects, bees, etc etc......

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    But for me it was a regular stop for refreshment and company at the X -Centre, courtesy of its lovely owners, Ian and Long, (well Long is lovely anyway)
     
  23. Gary Foo

    Gary Foo Active Member


    Totally agree.. when i started riding my vespa comparing to my ST. I realise i see more of the surrounding area and enjoy the ride better with my wife..
     
  24. jabeab

    jabeab New Member

    Had a wonderful couple of days riding round Samoeng
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    picking my own Papayas ... yum..yum
    Joe rented me this specially lowered D-Tracker which was great

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    Then off to see our friends at the X-Centre

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    Following a relaxing day at the spa I got to go on Ian's Harley

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    wonderful company, great friends and the clouds were elsewhere
     
  25. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Tuesday 26th July 2011

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    a wonderful afternoon ride of the Samoeng Loop.
     
  26. Gary Foo

    Gary Foo Active Member

    I was there on wed.. Will be posting my share of pics. :)
     

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