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Bangkok to Nan with Kawasaki, Thailand and Outdoor Thailand Magazine, December 2012

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by TonyBKK, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. Just got back from a fantastic weekend ride sponsored by Kawasaki, Thailand and Outdoor Magazine-
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    Cool mix of bikes- mostly Kawa 650's (Ninja 650, ER6n and Versys, but also a few Ninja 250's, Z1000's, a ZX10R, a GTR1400 and the mighty new ZX14R)-
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    Early morning rendezvous at Kawasaki Rama 9 in Bangkok-
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    Departure-


    Pit stop with drinks and snacks at the Kawasaki dealer in Nakhon Sawan-
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    Lunch!
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    We always eat well on these Kawasaki rides-
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    Fantastic Route 1339-


    The 1339 ends abruptly at a reservoir with a dirt track leading down to a ferry crossing-
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    Panorama-
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    On the ferry to Ban Pak Nai, Nan, Thailand-
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    This was December 21st, the "End of the World" according to some. I didn't give it much credence, till I saw the state of this "ferry"... :shock:

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    The "ferry" is actually more like a dilapidated old barge, and it's towed by a long tail boat-
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    Tom and Dam on the ferry to Ban Pak Nai-
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    We made it!!


    Drank and karaoke'd till we passed out. Funny night!

    Sunrise at Ban Pak Nai-
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    Early morning at Ban Pak Nai, Nan Province-

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    The ZX14R looks good at any time of the day [​IMG]
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    Khun Pep with his Z1000 stunt bike-
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    Wat Pumin, Nan, Thailand-
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  2. We stopped at Ton Sak Yai National Park, home to the oldest living Teak Tree in the world (really??)


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    Stopped here to see the sights and enjoy some refreshments-


    Can't really remember if it's the "biggest" or the "oldest" Teak Tree.... I imagine there must be some undiscovered teak trees in other parts of SE Asia that might give it a run for the money-


    Route 1339 is a fantastic road!


    Had some good fun chasing this KTM 990 Adventure. My pillion is a good sport [​IMG]


    Eventually we caught up with some other bikes- ZX10R and Ninja 650R-


    End of the road!
     
  3. Another great trip & report Tony !! Also hats-off for Kawasaki to organise soooooo many bike events !! Looks like a lot of fun, obviously mainly Thai participants - so no whining and extra services for individuals 555555555. Cheers, Franz
     
  4. Cheers Franz,

    Yes, it had been a while since I've been on one of Kawasaki, Thailand's tours and it was refreshing to ride with such happy easy going bikers. No whinging or egos, just a lot of smiles and Thai sanook!
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    Hell, we even found some ***** out in the sticks! ;)
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    Look forward to the next one! Cheers!
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  5. Tony, these fotos speak for themselves !! Next one you are on, please let me know !! Cheers, FR
     
  6. Nice report and trip.. Wish I could have gone.

    Will try and make the next one.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  7. wish i could have gone! when's the next one?
     
  8. Some more pictures from the Kawasaki ride to Nan, Thailand. Black and whites are all courtesy of Khun Yutt.
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    In front of the Thai-Lao border crossing Customs House at Thung Chang-
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    We discovered here that two of us had picked up punctures on the scuzzy border road from Bo Klua. (A third puncture was discovered later). I swear the villagers must throw scrap metal on the road- seems every time I ride this way some one gets a puncture.
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    Anyway, amazing Thailand- local tin shack mechanic had us sorted in 5 minutes flat for 50 Baht a puncture (about $1.60) [​IMG]

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    Let the Good Times ROLL! [​IMG]
     
  9. We stayed in the National Park Bungalows in Doi Phu Kha National Park-
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    Very nice!
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    I'm told they cost only 400 Baht (~US$13) a night for a 4 bed bungalow- amazing value!
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    Bikes parked out in front on Sunday morning-
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    Hearty breakfast and hot coffee on a chilly morning-
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    Our lovely house-mates, Tom and Dam-
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    Good morning Khun Pep! [​IMG]
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    As they always do, Kawasaki handed out a bunch of prizes and souvenirs-
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    It was a LONG ride back to Bangkok- over 800km, and with a puncture and a long lunch and a lot of photo stops we didn't get back till after dark, but everyone made it back in one piece, no crashes, no drama, so all's is well that ends well! [​IMG]
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    Thanks again Kawasaki, Thailand and Outdoor Thailand Magazine! Looking forward to the next one!
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  10. Route 1081 to Bo Klua, Nan, Thailand- one of the best sport bike roads in Thailand! [​IMG]


    This road just keeps going and going and going and is one of those rare roads where I find myself wishing for an extra 20-30 Hp!
     
  11. Route 1081 to Bo Klua continues. This video starts just past the junction with Route 1257, which is also a cool road-

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  12. Great videos from Nan, although I found the views so spectacular when I rode pretty much the same roads that I was thinking how great it would be to just putt putt along on a scooter.
     
  13. Looks like a fun trip with a happy bunch of riders. Thanks for the report
     
  14. A bunch more pics from the Kawasaki ride to Nan :happy1:

    Early morning rendezvous for coffee and breakfast at Kawasaki Rama 9
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    Leaving Kawasaki Rama 9-
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    Quick stop for snacks and refreshments and photos at Kawasaki Nakhon Sawan-
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    Kawasaki dealer in Nakhon Sawan-
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    Kawasaki Nakhon Sawan threw in some T-shirts and other goodies-
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    Leaving Nakhon Sawan-
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    Lunch!
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    I think this is on the 1339 south of Ban Pak Nai-
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    Ninja ZX10R chasing the mighty ZX14R-
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    Here comes the ferry... Wow, looks a bit sketchy...
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    ZX14R waiting to board the ferry to Ban Pak Nai-
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    The fellow on the KTM 990 adventure was quite fast once moving, but struggled with low speed stuff on account of the height of the bike-
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    Boarding-
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    On our way to Ban Pak Nai-
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    See you on the other side... I hope!
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    Woohoo! We made it! Took four ferries to get all the bikes and support vehicles across.
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    Our luxurious accomodations for the night! It was pretty cold and I was glad to have the gf along for warmth ;)
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    Good night!
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    Good morning!!
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    Khun Pep was the only guy brave(?) enough to jump in for a swim...
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    Sunrise at Ban Pak Nai-
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    A monk is collecting alms in his long tail boat-
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    Local kids are up early-
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    Lids-
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  15. Gosh would think I made this reply already .....
    Tanks for the great report & beautiful photos ..... Khun Yutt makes great photos!

    And thanks for reminding me where to go in 2 weeks time.

    Chang Noi
     
  16. Great report, outstanding photography.
    We see some great reports from individual adventures but this surely proves the heights that can be reached by a group of riders enjoying it to the full.
     
  17. Let the Good Times ROLL!

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