A Pong Loop - R1092.

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Chiang Khong - Chiang Kham - Pong & Return.
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R1020 - 1021 - 1148 - 1092 - 1179 - 1148 - 1021 - 1020. Distance 215 kms.
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A bit of an unusual ride you might say, but working on a Nan map, I realised I was missing a GPS track for 1092, so why not go fora ride for the day & pick it up again. You get to ride 2 great biking roads, R1092 & R1179, two "minor" roads, often overlooked, but believe me they are great rides on deserted roads.

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1148 has some great trees around Ban Hae.

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R1092 winding through the hills.
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R1092 comes off R1148, 21 kms out of Chiang Kham.

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It winds its way through the hills with some superb steep sections & glorious views.

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R1092
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The funky aircon Cafe Mellow is my fave pit stop in Pong city.
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The owner speaks good English, having studied in New Zealand for several years.
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The coffee is great & there are plenty of simple dishes for a quick bite to eat.
The old GTR fellah goes for the tuna salad & is impressed every time.
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The ride back from Pong on R1179.

R1179 is 31.6 kms
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It's a magic ascending ride from Pong
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& perhaps a more interesting ride, that is a bit technical in places, with some lovely decreasing radius corners.

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My departure time from Chiang Khong was 12.45 PM
Arrival in Pong was 4.30 om = I stpped to take multiple photos.
I ended up in Chiang Kham for the night @ 6PM.

The Tai Lue Guesthouse is my fave place of stay in Chiang Kham, & what a gem it is.
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Excellent value @ 450 baht. Park your bike outside your room & walk right in.
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Take a bungalow, slightly more upmarket for 650 baht.
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Where to eat in Chiang Kham