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

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  1. DavidFL

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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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