Video Thread: North Thailand Top Roads

Discussion in 'Thailand Motorcycling Videos' started by Goran Phuket, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Big thanks to David for creating the Video forum section.
    This particular thread will be directly related to riding routes mentioned in this topic:

    North Thailand Top Ten Roads

    My first contribution:
    R12 - Khao Kho, Phetchabun
    Long sweeping highland curves, wide road but unfortunately accident prone area, quite a few fatalities over the years. Route commences in Tak province in North-Western Thailand and goes all the way to Mukdahan province in North-East. The most scenic parts are in Phitsanulok and Phetchabun.

     
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  3. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    One of the steepest paved roads in Thailand: Route 4018, Big Dipper at Phaya Phipak, Chiang Rai.

     
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  4. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 4001, Ban Rak Thai, Mae Hong Son.
    Steep ride along winding roads towards ethnic Yunnanese village of Rak Thai or Mae Aw. It is a beautiful route that passes through tidy riverside Shan communities such as Mok Champae before suddenly climbing through impressive mountain scenery. Stops can be made at Pha Sua Waterfall, about 5km up the mountain, and Pang Tong Summer Palace, a rarely used royal compound a few kilometers past the waterfall.

     
  5. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 3272 Kanchanaburi
    One of the most scenic roads in Kanchanaburi. It takes you from Thong Pha Phum town all the way to Burma border as seen at the very end of the video. Along the way some major natural attractions such as Thong Pha Phum National Park, Ban Tarzan tree-houses, Jokkadin Waterfall, Pilok and E-tong villages, abandoned tin and wolfram mines, numerous viewpoints/army observation posts overlooking neighboring Burma.

    For more information regarding POI's mentioned above, please check this topic:

    8 Days Ride In Kanchanaburi



    Slight detour along the same route, just before arriving to Pilok.
    Nern Chang Suek Viewpoint

    Without doubt one of the most beautiful mountain top / army observation points in entire country. Set at 1,100 meters above sea level, it offers view of Thong Pha Phum district in Thailand and vast Burma territory stretching all the way to Andaman Sea which can be seen on clear sunny day. It is easily accessible by all types of bikes via steep concrete paved road and few short off-road patches.

     
  6. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 1130 Doi Mae Salong
    Only 50km in length but so much to see along the way. Twisty mountain roads, hill-tribe villages, beautiful scenery.

     
  7. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Chiang Mai riders favorite day trip - Samoeng Loop along routes 1269 and 1096.

     
  8. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 2331, Phetchabun

    One of the most scenic roads in Northern Thailand, favorite among motorcycle riders. Located at Phetchabun Province, the route goes through Phu Hin Rong Khla National Park. The video covers stage between Nakhon Thai Hwy division and Phu Taberk Viewpoint.

     
  9. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 1249 Doi Ang Khang, Chiang Mai. Numerous curves, tight switchbacks, viewpoints and beautiful scenery along the way.

     
  10. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    R1256 - Doi Phu Kha, Nan (Part 1)

    The only place I ever fell of the bike on hairpin, happened couple of years ago. One of the most exciting riding routes in Northern Thailand.
    Video segment covers ride between village of Wora Nakhon and Phu Kha Viewpoint. Beautiful mountain scenery, sparsely frequented road without large trucks and commercial traffic, gradually and sometimes dramatically elevates from few hundred to 1,715 meters above M.S.L.

    *NOTE: At 04:24 almost collided with pick up truck driven by idiot.

     
  11. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    R1256 saga continues - PART 2:

    Segment covering ride from Doi Phu Kha Viewpoint to salt mining village of Bo Klua, Nan Province. It is all the way downhill from here, experiencing dramatic drop in elevation: altitude change of over 1,000 meters within 12 kilometers.

     
  12. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    R1081 – Road Runner Hwy, Nan (Intro Version)

    If there is a single mountain ridge road in Thailand that resembles racing track, it is R1081 in Nan province. As an ex-sport/racing bike rider I can say with high degree of certainty, accomplished sport bike enthusiasts would love to tear up and down this baby. The most exciting part stretches between villages of Bo Klua and Ban Nam Yao as seen in this video clip. This what looks to me as Road Runner, cartoon like road which I promptly christened this way, is an absolute delight for any rider; excellent road surface, suitable for all kinds of bikes, hardly any traffic at all, stunning scenery, mountain vistas, high elevation ridge-line road littered with steep switchbacks, long sweeping curves passing through sleepy highland hamlets and farmland. It has all the ingredients every motorcyclist craves for to test their skills or simply enjoy the leisurely ride. I have created 2 videos to fully illustrate beauty and appeal of this road: "Road Runner" – featuring bit higher speed adrenaline pumping clip and Introduction part which is slower, sightseeing version. Obviously, this is the slow version...the "fast one" coming up soon.

    Hope you enjoy watching; please adjust video settings to HD 1080p for better viewing experience.

     
  13. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    And here is the second part: R1081 - Road Runner Hwy™, Nan

     
  14. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    R1169: Beautiful riding stretch between Route 1081 and city of Nan, Thailand.

     
  15. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Short video taken in February 2014, Route 1095

     
  16. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 1093

    Scenic mountain road connecting Doi Pha Thang, Phu Chi Fa, Phu Sang and Chiang Kham. This is one of Thailand's most dramatic routes, hugging steep mountainsides along the Thailand–Laos border and passing waterfalls, beautiful vistas, National and Forestry parks.


     
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  17. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 1095 (Part 1)

    Part of MHS Loop between Mae Hong Son and Pang Mapha

     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2017
  18. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 1095 (Part 2)

    Part of MHS Loop between Pang Mapha and Pai

     
  19. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Good stuff. Certainly a nice introduction for those considering riding in Thailand
     
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  20. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Route 1095 (Part 3)

    Pai to Chiang Mai, definitely my favorite stage of MHS loop.

     
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