Chiang Rai - R1152 The Other New 4-lane Highway To Chiang Khong.

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    #1 DavidFL, Mar 17, 2019
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    Whilst the new Chiang Rai - Chiang Saen4-lane bypass is going ahead full speed,

    Chiang Saen - the new bypass to Chiang Rai

    there's yet another newbie going on from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong via Phayamengrai & Khun Tan.

    What the exact route number is going to be I don't know, 1152? but basically the road is going from near Santiburi golf course & straight out over the Nong Luang lake near Wiang Chai, to link up with part of R1152 again & then cut through the rice fields out the back of Phayamengrai & then across to Khun Tan & link up with the 4-lane R1020 that comes down from Chiang Khong.

    A first bash at trying to link it up going from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong.

    Turn off onto R1152 at Hua Doi & proceed past the Santiburi golf course.
    The start of R1152 is already under construction & widening into 4-lane, so it gets a bit busy straight off.

    500 metres after Santiburi is where the new road first cuts in. You can turn left & a new section heads back towards town somewhere, or you turn right & head N-E towards Phayamengrai.

    Right towards Phayamengrai...away you go on the dusty road
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    The first section runs straight for 4.5 kms to end up on R4016 & into the Nong Luang lake!
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    More to come.
     
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    #2 DavidFL, Mar 17, 2019
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    Turn left once you hit R4016 & the end of the road by the lake & work your way around to the main road R1152, turn right & go 1 kms & turn right to head for the lake & the big Buddha on the other side.

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    There is a new scenic viewpoint & funky restaurant to enjoy.

    Google Maps

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    The Sri Chai Prakan Phra Buddha Nong Luang
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    Nice views, but it is hot out there in the afternoon sun with no trees. Late afternoon & dusk , sunset time would be absolutely magic. GTR - IMG_0785.JPG
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    You could ride further around the lake if you wish, but the mission was to follow the new dirt road, so back out onto R1152 & ride another 800 metres down road& turn right again.
    1kms in you can pick up on another stage on the new highway. It runs closer to the lake & also dead ends.
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    From here you can see the road on the other side.
    It will be interesting to see whether they build a causeway or a bridge over the lake in the future.

    Turn around & head back East towards Phayamengrai.

    The road goes for another 5.5 kms
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    before it intersects R1152 once more.
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    To be continued..
     
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    Incredible amount of Highways and Roads being built up that way!
     
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    Looks interesting and a ride to do when I get back to CM.
    Safe riding
     
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    #5 DavidFL, Jun 3, 2019
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    An update 3 June 2019
    They're making good progress on the new 1152, much better than the idiots doing R118 Mae Kachan - Doi Saket.
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    4-lane on the top of the old R1152
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    After Phaymengrai, the big new cut going east to link up with R1020.
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    The old R1152 is taking a beating from the trucks, plus the traffic builds up in places around the construction, so it is probably best to avoid using R1152 out to Chiang Khong at the moment.
    The quickest way to get to Chiang Khong at the moment is straight down R1, then go out to Chiang Saen.
    Go via the new bypass from the airport Chiang Saen - the new bypass to Chiang Rai
    Or go via Mae Chan - Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong.
    If you're any good you can do Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong in 40 minutes nowadays on Paradise road.

    Or Take R1021 from Chiang Rai to Thoeng, then R1020 to Chiang Khong.
     
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