Bua Tong Waterfall - Mae Ngat

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by Ally, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Wonderful that Ken had managed to encourage some other riders along today through the GT-Rider forum posting. Ken & Poo on their Fazer, were joined by Kevin on his Ninja & Richie on his African Twin. Me, I rode the Dragstar.

    Starting off from Tesco on the Super Highway, we headed for the 1001 and up to Mae Jo. The road in places past Mae Jo has been recently resurfaced and lines are yet to be done.



    Eventually we wind our way up past the 1323 left turning to Mae Ngat and despite a little bit of a rough surface we continue for about 1km to the right turn to Bua Tong Waterfall.

    This road makes it's way down and down to through forest and to a park area which was completely desolate apart from the 3 dogs and us noisy bikes arriving.


    The top of the waterfall area which at weekends is crowded with pic-nic paddlers in the clear inviting ponds of the river, today was hard to walk past without thinking 'if only I brought my costume'.



    There is a price to pay for seeing the waterfall, not monetary, but in degrees of exhaustion. We didn't count the steps, it's not as bad as Doi Suthep but agony on the way up!


    The water cascading over the rocks is truly worth the effort of the steps. The photos at times give the impression there is little water here because it is spread across a wide surface area as well as being so clean & clear and therefore transparent on the rocks. But the flow is very strong.


    After a short recovery back at the bikes we retraced our rout back to the 1001 and took a right for about another 2 km's and then took the right turn towards the rear of Mae Kuang Dam. This road is a fairly good road in places and there was literally no traffic on our journey to the reservoir but there was a herd of cows in the middle of the road on the way back!



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    Down at the bottom, the water level is low, the boat ferried a couple of Dreams across to the Dam as we left and we were getting hungry.




    Yes that is Ken on one wheel.

    Once again back to the 1001 and left this time and just before the Mae Ngat turning we stopped for lunch. This restaurant serves good food, the owner cook makes what you want and it is delicious.

    Off to Mae Ngat and the Dam on the 1323.

    Down into the valley and through the pretty, trimmed verges, pruned shrubs and loads of flower tubs (maybe it's a retirement town like Bournemouth ?) a village called Cho Lae.



    On the far side of the valley we approached Wat Ban Den. This is a massive construction and is not finished yet. Maybe it will never be complete.






    Well that was it really, just a quick blast down the 107 into Chiang Mai. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, the places we visited but most of all, having people around to chat with and share points of view.

    Thanks for coming guys, hope you enjoyed the ride.

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  3. KenYam

    KenYam Ol'Timer

    Thanks Ally for top trip report and everyone else for turning up for what I thought was a great day.
  4. Dougal

    Dougal Ol'Timer

    The roads and the weather look great up there.

    Nice report and photos Ally. Keep em coming.
  5. Pikey

    Pikey www.tbbtours.com

    Good report and looks like you guys had a great day - shame I was stuck in the shop and couldn't join you :(

    When at Buatong, did you also visit the seven coloured pool? This is the spring that is the source of the Buatong waterfall.


    Also, and you are probably aware of this, you can rent a longtail from the shoreline of Mae Ngat dam and go out to floating restaurants. The reservoir is within Sri Lanna NP and therefore you have to pay a fee to get in, and then there is a fee for the boat which, I think is 100B. Here's a couple of pics of the reservoir and this little loop up the 1001 via Mae Ngat and back down the 107 is a perfect half day/out-for-lunch trip.




  6. dandered

    dandered Member

    Nice pictures Ally, I enjoyed the run. See you in two weeks.

  7. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

  8. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    That cut to the quick Colin! :wink:

    I keep telling you, without inspiration from a master of craft like you, I (let alone a few others on this forum) would not have such inclination to adventure as you do so easily.

    You stay safe out there now.

  9. Pikey

    Pikey www.tbbtours.com

    Ally, yep, your "road buddy" Ken came by the shop yesterday and is intending to do the first 2 nights with us - Chiang Rai then Chiang Khong. You (and anyone else) are welcome to join.


  10. chiangmairich

    chiangmairich Ol'Timer

    Great Pics Thanks Ally,I still dont know how you ride and take pics at the same time though !!! I really enjoyed the day and hope to get out a lot more now.
    Yesterday I took the 4wd and checked out the road from Ban Mai,a couple of Kms past the X-Centre on the right,past a lot of Hmong villages and the Hmong Lodge,returning back onto the 1096.Road was sealed but now very broken up and some very dusty sections.Probably not suited to a road bikes at all,but good A/Twin track.

    Cheers all
  11. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Ally, great fotos as always, what joke did you tell the fellas while taking their picture, all seem to be laughing about something really nasty :oops: :lol: ............
    Pikey, that pond looks worth a trip !!
    Like always, keep 'em coming, rgds, Franz
  12. Ally

    Ally Ol'Timer

    Did you hear the story about the 2 Australians & an Irishman?

    It is great to see folks happy eh !

  13. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Ally, no, didn't hear that one or is it the one about the goodies place and the sister going there ?? Cheers, Franz

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