San Kamphaeng

Thai "sakura" blooms in March - April.65 kms return. See map. Routes 1317 & 118. A fast 1 1/4 hrs loop from Chiang Mai. Recommended for local residents looking to escape Chiang Mai city for some fresh air and go for a quick blast. From Chiang Mai, take route 1317, the new “airport “ – Sankamphaeng super for a fast getaway.

Route 1317 is basically straight for 16 kms to the route 1006 / 1317 intersection, then gets a bit hilly and windy for 8.5 kms to the hot springs turn off. After the hot springs is a lovely tight winding 22 kms section to Pong Din and route 118 (the Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai road.) From Pong Din its 27 kms back down route 118 to Chiang Mai.

IMG_3804Suggested stop:  (1) The hot springs, Roong Aroon or Sankamphaeng. If you want to make it a late start then over night at the Sippa Hot Springs Resort. They have beautiful bungalows with huge hot tubs in the room. IMG_3815

Then just down the road is the Mae On Steak House for some easy fresh air country dining.

Note that if you want to make the hot springs the main event of the day; recommend start from Chiang Mai on route 118, the Chiang Rai road; and stop at the hot springs / resort towards the end of your ride. But if you’re just looking for a nice quick ride, start from the “airport super”, it’s better riding this way!

IMG_3792Another interesting attraction in the area is the Ban Chang Nak – the home of elephants & elephant wood carving.