1216, a hidden Pearl in Nan?

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by Oddvar, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. #1 Oddvar, Nov 18, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2017
    A friend tipped me about 1216 and I went to check it out. What a surprise!
    Good roads as the pictures will show. And it's a pleasant "detour" between Nan and Phrae, or for a day loop in Nan. Good for all types of bikes.

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    Winding roads all the way to the top.

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    Almost a perfectly clear day.

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    The view in either direction is spectacular.

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    Some fancy Bangkok girls really enjoying the selfies..
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    From the camping ground at Khun Sathan NP.

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  2. #2 DavidFL, Nov 18, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2017
    Wow. Some beautiful views & colour there - you lucky man.

    That Khun Satan road is a beauty alright & not one that many people do I guess, because it is sort of out of the way & most riders are probably in a bit of a hurry going to / from Nan - Phrae.

    Here's how some of it looks in google earth.

    1216, a hidden Pearl in Nan?

    1216, a hidden Pearl in Nan?

    As you can see it has a steep winding ascent / descent either end & basically runs along the ridge line up the top.

    Here's the elevation profile

    1216, a hidden Pearl in Nan?

    And some pics up there from 2008
    Cabbage central
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    & for a laugh here's a couple from the late 1980s

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    hanging out with the Mlabri
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    If anyone else is interested R1216 & the Khun Satan road is also on GTR here

    https://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-m...e-League-of-Extraordinary-Gentlemen-Go-To-Nan

    https://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-m...6-Blasting-about-Northern-Thai-with-motoddrob

    https://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-m...Blast-to-Nan-on-the-Evil-Twin-Thanks-Ernothai!

    https://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-m...ead.php/37013-R1216-Khun-Satan-amp-the-Mlrabi

    Oddvar thanks for bringing R1216 back to attention - its been a while since we saw a report on it. Much appreciated.
     
  3. Very Impressive! Great stuff Oddvar! The Tribe Guy with You David Looks like a Head Hunter from Borneo!!!
     
  4. I think the man is from the Spirit of the yellow leaves.
     
  5. Great pictures.
    The more I see of Northern Thailand roads the more 'hidden pearls' there seem to be.
    So many roads, how to decide which ones to try on a limited holiday?
    Thanks for posting.
    Cheers
     

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