Chiang Rai, Kok River, Wawi, Doi Chang, Loop.

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    #1 Moto-Rex, May 10, 2019
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    North Thailand. Chiang Rai, Kok River, Wawi, Doi Chang, Loop.


    This a nice motorcycle ride that heads west out of Chiang Rai, following the south side of Kok river until you hit hwy 3037, where you turn left and head south, enjoying the Twisties on the way to Wawi.
    A few Kilometres south of Wawi I turned left and back on the dirt for a good farmland loop that joins back up with hwy 3037, before another 10kms of Twisties to the Doi Chang turn off.
    After a snack and coffee in Doi Chang, it was down the mountain and back to Chiang Rai.

    What I like about Chiang Rai, is the motorcycle riding all starts just a few kilometres out of town.
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    The beautiful Kok river, just follow it, and you can’t get lost. Arr maybe not.
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    The local motorcycle mechanic was open for business.
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    But the apprentice looks to have slept in.
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    The KLX, gleaming in the Northern Thailand sunshine. Chiang Rai Motorcycle Doi Chang (6).JPG

    What more do you want??
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    Looking over to the other side of the river is a boat taxi rank. Chiang Rai Motorcycle Doi Chang (8).JPG Chiang Rai Motorcycle Doi Chang (9).JPG

    Looking down on the river.
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    There are a few really good steep climbs along the way.
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    Absolute motorcycle rider’s paradise.
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    You’re not that far from Chiang Rai which is quite a big city, but out here you hardly see anyone.
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    Almost at hwy 3037..go right and you hit hwy 107, go left and your heading to Wawi, and then, Mae Suai on hwy 118 beyond that.
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    Great scenery on the road to Wawi. I only took a couple of photos because the road is so good that you just didn’t want to stop. Twisty heaven Chiang Rai Motorcycle Doi Chang (22).JPG Chiang Rai Motorcycle Doi Chang (23).JPG

    Pit stop in Wawi which is a little town I really like. Cold water and potato chips. A delicacy for the hungry motorcyclist.
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    About 3 kilometres south of Wawi I turned left to check out a dirt loop which is shown on the GT-Rider Golden Triangle map.
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    Great farmland and nobody to be seen.
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    The detour/loop turned out to be a winner.
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    Selfie…Check out my new pants and boots. Same old Rex wearing them.
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    The detour worked out to be a very enjoyable ride.
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    The dirt came to an end, and it was back on the 3037 where there was about 10 kms of more Twisties until I came to the Doi Chang turn off.
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    The 9 km ride into Doi Chang is on a tight narrow road with some great villages and mountain scenery.
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    Looking down on Doi Chang where you should ride around town as its full of character and characters.
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    Lunch time at my favourite little restaurant named “Doi Chang view” which is located on the main road.
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    Its not posh like some of the other coffee establishments in Doi Chang, but the food and coffee is great, and the people who own the place are lovely.
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    After finishing my coffee, it was back on the bike and down to the causeway which is around 14 kms away, and the downhill, tight and twisty ride is one of the best stretches of road in the north...but don’t tell anyone. Chiang Rai Motorcycle Doi Chang (41).JPG

    From the causeway it’s a quick ride back to Chiang Rai along hwy 1211 to complete the loop.

    Another great day out in the North.

    A little more on this area.
    Chiang Rai To Ban Sira And Back. A Pleasant Sunday Morning Ride West Of Chiang Rai.

    Where the hell Wawi The Spirit Of Adventure

    A Pleasant Sunday Morning Ride Out Of Chiang Rai.

    Moto-Rex
     
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    Fantastic eh Rex.
    All to easy from Chiang Rai, it may end up being the dirt ride capital with so many easy quick loops to do, no fighting the traffic for 40 minutes to get out of Chiang Mai!

    I think I need to head back to Doi Chang for a night soon & see how the place rocks at night.
    It could be a bit of fun out there when the weather clears up.

    Many thanks for the write up & see you back here soon - up on the Khong.
     
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    Great stuff that looks a Brilliant Ride! Welcome back by the way Ha Ha!
     
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    Nice ride Rex... Looks like lots of farmer single track trails to be explored up there. Another one for the list. Perfect dirt bikers coffee shop.

    Thanks
    Jim
     

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