A Chiang Dao Tea Loop - An Afternoon Ride

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by DavidFL, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. On the south side of Chiang Dao & just by the "Som O" police checkpoint at Kaeng Pan Tao there's a nice little concrete road that goes steeply up to the tea plantations.
    I haven't been up here for years, but once upon a time it used to be a favourite dirt loop for hill tribes & the odd poppy field.
    There used to be a confusing network of dirt trails, and many of them are now concrete but it is still a confusing network.

    The turn off at the police checkpoint
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    the police checkpoint
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    most people are probably too busy watching the police & traffic at the checkpoint to notice the turn of perhaps, but it is signposted does take you to some amazing roads / trails & scenery.
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    Its a tight narrow concrete road
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    that winds its way up the mountain
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  2. On the GTR MHS Loop map the trail network it looks like this
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    On the map above it is the asphalt road from Kaeng Pan Tao.

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    The elevation profile for the road coming in looks like this
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    It's a straight 9 kms of concrete twisting its way up the mountain
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    There's a couple of confusing turns towards the top, but basically you need to take the left ones.
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    I made one wrong turn & ended up here
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    the road actually continued on up a steeper slimy slope, but it started to look a little nasty for an old art like me exploring alone on a 650. A 250 would be nice & I'm sure it loops around to Pakia still, but whether it is dirt of concrete I don't know. Who's next.....

    You back track & take the right
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    to end up in the tea gardens
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    at the very top there is an agricultural research station with a couple more forks to explore for someone
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    It has some stunning views
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    back track from the research station & take a right to continue down the hill & all the way down, back to the highway & R107.
    It's a 13 kms descent
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    the road is superior to the Kaeng Pan Tao concrete track
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    There are some magnificent trees & forest cover along the way
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    at altitude it is a very pleasant 28-30 celsius
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    a couple of hairpin bends on the descent
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    some fresh new asphalt
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    then down onto the flat & the bamboo
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    past the elephant in the middle of nowhere
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    & a short time later you are onto the highway & R107 again
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    This Chiang Dao tea loop is a sweet afternoon ride.
    Turn off at the Som O police checkpoint on R107, ride up into the hills for 9 kms & make a left & come back out on R107 7.5 kms south of the Som O police checkpoint & 3.6 kms north of the Mae Tamann turn off.
    You could spend hours up in here there are so many roads & dirt trails.
    All the riding is steep with endless blind corners, so you need to take care. IT reminds me a lot of the Muang Khong road if you have done that one. Similar scenery & steepness but not as spectacular.
    Check it out sometime.

    The GTR MHS Loop map is here
    Mae Hong Son Loop Map
     

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