1216, a hidden Pearl in Nan?

Oddvar

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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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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.





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



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






Oddvar thanks for bringing R1216 back to attention - its been a while since we saw a report on it. Much appreciated.
 
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John J

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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