Caution: Very Steep/Dangerous Road Collapse/ Restricted Area Dangerous Road

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  1. fabianfred

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    I did this trip today. Since the Thai army will not allow me to pass their checkpoint just near the Shan State Army camp on Doi 30 (Loi 30 in Shan) I decided to do it the other way around and try to sneak into the camp before getting to their barrier. I have been unable to visit the kids there for more than a year now, and have known many of them for over four years since my first trip there.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157614289584950/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157614806955662/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157616439816368/

    I rode my trusty Honda Wave from Fang to the start of the Doi Laem Loop before Mae Ai and started on the loop clockwise. Dropped in at a Black Lahu village to hand out lollipops to the kids, then rode through the Red Lahu village alongside the main road doing the same (I am notorious for handing out toothaches..)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157636181667426/

    Once I got to the turn off left I saw a big barrier but it only went halfway across the road and was unmanned...probably the soldiers were in their huts nearby , so i just rode past and started my adventure. The road surface was quite rutted and washed away in many places on the climb, but nothing too difficult, so easy for an off-road bike. I have never ridden an off-road bike and don't really like loose stuff, but I managed OK.
    I passed a couple of Army/Police guys at a hutment a couple of Km. before reaching the place where the road had been repaired, and after a quick chat carried on. They said there were three of them living there and never seemed surprised to see me or made me feel they were 'letting' me go past. They just assumed I was going for a ride. I said a farang had posted that the road was repaired and that I wanted to see for myself and take some photos.
    The repaired road is just gravel but no problem. Looking at the earlier photos in this thread showing how it was I know I'd never have the bottle to try going past. My last trip was going clockwise about 12 or 13 years ago before the road collapsed....on my Honda Steed...(so perhaps I caused it! lol).

    I popped into the S.S.A. camp to visit the kids and then carried on. The Thai army post stopped me for a while. Checking my bags and taking down details of my driving licence. They also phoned their base, which is down near the entrance to the Orange plantation headquarters by the dam on the reservoir, asking if it was OK to let a foreigner pass. (I was thinking ...surely they aren't going to make me go all the way back the way I came....I doubt if I would have had enough petrol for it anyway, and I had already past the most sensitive areas that they are concerned about.
    Then on down and back to Fang.

    I recorded the trip on my smartphone with the GPS tracker app so i have the gpx file and the kmz one for Google Earth. Not sure if I can upload them here or not.
     
  2. bsacbob

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    Do you mean this area ?

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  3. fabianfred

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    yes but I didn't start at ThaTon. You can see the Doi laem loop and I left it at the top going to join yours '

    does your name mean you were in the BSAC ...I was too..
     
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    Now i understand, yes i was in BSAC for many years, most people think i made a spelling mistake and it should be BSABOB ;)
     
  5. DavidFL

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    Hey there Fred, the link
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3300118545/in/set-72157614289584950/
    to the first batch of photos.
    What was the event - night time, where?
    Shan - Lisu - Palong?

    It must have been a bit chilly up there. Did you spend the night there or come back down in the dark?
     
  6. fabianfred

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    That first trip David was done with a party of monks and novices and some other farangs and Thai students. We went in vehicles and stayed one night most camping in tents. Next day gave out many things like clothing and snacks and organised games too. That night they put on a show for us.
    Mostly Shan then, but also there was the Lisu village of 20 houses nearby, and some Palaung living in the houses in the area too.
    Now there are mostly Shan...the Lisu village has gone, and the Palaung have gone too.
    The ground is dusty and is home to some biting insects which result in a week of itching (just get bitten up to ankle level)...even my short stay there yesterday got me a couple of bites. I suppose the residents become immune to it.

    some later trips I made there....

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157629234279971/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157629542290044/
     
  7. Tarquin Ferrets

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    About a week ago I attempted this border road around Doi Phahom Pok. I heard reports that the road is closed, however, as I was riding the highway 1314 Doi Lam loop for fun I decided to try my luck. The paramilitary guys at the 1314 end check-point interviewed me why I wanted to enter that road and for some reason were concerned if I continue to Doi Angkhang as well. After explaining that I had no intentions to continue to Doi Angkhang just wanted another scenic border route back to Fang they decided to let me go on it. After they recorded my bike's license number and my information from driver's license I was on my way. I thought to myself 'yehey it's open' and pressed on with a smile on my face. Not so fast, nice try no cigar. After about 21 km I ran into another foreigner doing photography in the area who explained the road has been closed for years, but I could try my luck with the check-point just up the road. Sure enough there was a Border Patrol Police check-point and the road was closed. He explained to me that even if he let's me through there's another check-point manned by the Thai Army and they will not let me pass. On top of that he said he would get an earful for letting me through. He told me they were proper military, Cavalry from Saraburi with orders, and won't negotiate. So there was no chance getting through. But the Border Patrol Policeman sure was happy to see me so we drank some tea together and had 15 minute chat. He confirmed it's still a bit mixed bag across the border with few Shan State Army - South camps (including the Shan IDP camp) but majority was under United Wa State Army control. Not far across the border where he had his post is a 200-300 strong UWSA camp. He told me it's a one boring and lonely spot especially at night even though the Wa hasn't caused any issues in a long time. Apparently they do 5 day shifts manning that post. He seemed to be alone but referred to his partner being somewhere so I assume they man it in pairs. So the road is still closed but you can do approximately 22 km from highway 1314 check-point. The views to Burma are not really worth it as most is blocked by trees and vegetation (unless you dismount your bike and look for a spot). Screenshot_20190131-175705. Screenshot_20190131-175705. Screenshot_20190131-175705. 1-IMG_20190131_162454. 1-IMG_20190131_153411. 1-IMG_20190131_150306. 1-IMG_20190131_141556. Screenshot_20190131-175705. 1-IMG_20190131_162454. 1-IMG_20190131_153411. 1-IMG_20190131_150306. 1-IMG_20190131_150306. 1-IMG_20190131_141556.
     
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    Fantastic update. Many thanks
     
  9. Oddvar

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    Per and I did this loop in 2013. Can not find any pictures except for the GPX file. I do remember there was a lot of check points, but Per, in his perfect Thai, sweet talked us through them all.
    I will ask Tom, who built a mountain cabin up there, if he knows anything about riding through there.
    Screenshot 2019-02-09_10-38-04-069.
     
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    Would be great if we could safely ride through the whole birder loop. I did sweet talk the paramilitary guys and could have probably done the same with the border patrol policeman. However, the next check point is proper permanent military and apparently no chance. And military is still currently in power in Thailand - that could have something to do with it as well. Back in 2013 was still civilian rule. There foreigner I met doing photography along the road also confirmed it's been closed for several years. Anyway, if anyone manages to get through the whole border loop gis us an update
     
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    Thank you for the update, Tarquin.

    I was lucky enough to ride around the full loop in 2011 with GarySharpeyes, before the broken road was fixed.

    It was certainly a bit hairy that day as it was quite foggy.
    Day Trip to “Collapsed Road” north of Doi Pahampok

    Pahampok 13.

    Then again in 2013, after it was repaired

    2013-03-13 11.51.28.

    Lets hope it get opened up again one day......
     
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