Chomthong Shake Down & “New” Waterfall

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by DavidFL, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    The ol AT electrics are still being sorted out & we’re off to Hongsa for the Laos Elephant festival in a couple of days, so time for another quick blast to sort out the short circuit, maybe?

    DATE: 12 Feb 2007
    THE RIDER: David Unk
    THE BIKE: The young Africa Twin @ 178,000 kms.
    THE WEATHER: Hot dry & sunny
    THE WAY: Route 108 Chiang Mai – Chomthong & return.

    THE MASTER PLAN: ride with high beam on , hard & fast to get the bike on the edge & shake out any short that still might be in the bike electrics????
    I mean there’s not much else left to go after a new
    1. Fuel Pump
    2. Battery
    3. Regulator
    4. Solenoid
    5. New fuses & connectors
    6. New main power lead from ignition to the solenoid
    7. Hard wiring of the regulator
    It’s been a long story, & even includes the use of a borrowed regulator from off a “perfect Africa Twin” for a few days, that also turned out to be faulty & it still aint fully sorted, so what’s the bloody problem?

    Got away from the super about midday & sat on 145 kph down to Chomthong. Perfect & nothing wrong with the bike. Ok, lets cruise a few side streets of Chomthong, GPS a few sois & let the bike get hot to see if something packs it in. Proceeded to do so, nothing happened with the electrics, AND I spotted a new sign for an waterfall, unknown to me: Mae Tai / Tia / Thea (depending on which sign you were looking at.)
    I could not resist so off it was……..and wow, what a wonderful little rural back road ride this one is.
    129186321-S. 129186326-S.

    It heads W-S-W of Chomthong, & if you can follow the confusing signs & confusing village intersections, you’ll end up going past a new Wat
    Wat Arsom Prom Thada,

    which looks a bit weird to me,
    and entering Ob Luang National Park (& I thought I was going into Doi Inthanon National Park.)

    No stopping at the gate, just waved straight through & continue down a steep narrow hilly winding asphalt road. Eventually you end up in the Mae Thea waterfall car park & there off in the distance is the Mae Thea / Tia / Tai? Waterfall.
    (Yeah the waterfall's way off in the distance & I was not going to walk there in the heat.)

    Now the countryside is dry dry dry, but this waterfall is still flowing so I assume it’s pretty awesome in the wet. Also the road there follows the Mae Tia stream & there are numerous dry waterfalls en route, and that’s enough to make me go back for another look once the rain starts to come.
    129186332-S. 129186337-S.

    And what was even more interesting was that at the 2nd Nat park gate, closest to the waterfall there is a well used dirt road / trail, that goes off to the right / east-north-east, that I suspect is the “missing link’ dirt road from Doi Pha Tang look out to Huai Som Poi (you’ll have to look at the new MHS Loop map). And this baby is well worth checking out for all you dirt road adventurers, plus you’ll have one on me if you’re quick.
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  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Oops, forgot to mention the turn off. On route 108, heading towards Hot from Chomthong.
    Pass through Chomthong town & the main Wat Chomthong.
    Then 430 meters after the Chomthong police station (right hand side) / 210 metres after the Chomthong amphur (district office) turn right & away you go....follow the signs.
  4. BignTall

    BignTall Ol'Timer


    Glad to see the AT inhaling once again.

    Sounds like the bait has been cast. So who's up for it when I'm over the end of March?
  5. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    you know im up for it if im not injured mate!!
  6. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer

    Yes, as shown on my map here

    this is the missing link. Should be relatively straightforward to reach Huai Sompoi from the park gate (waypoint at top right of the map). The waterfall is probably a bit more to the left of the lower waypoint which is the parking place.

  7. BignTall

    BignTall Ol'Timer

    Thanks for the printout Auke!!
  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    looks like you're gonna beat me to it, as I'm well & truly injured for a few months. Now what was I saying to you about speed?
  9. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Luke & Big 'n Tall (Justin)
    A reminder here's one still waiting for you guys, as soon as the water throwing is over.
  10. BignTall

    BignTall Ol'Timer

    David - penning a report Luke and I made up the 1322 to Doi Ahn Khan. As soon as I source some dirt rims for the KLX we'll be all over this one one. Maybe we can talk Silverhawk into this one too.
  11. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    Been there, done that. I believe I sent you the track on this one that connected to the trip we did on your last visit. There is another turn off I would like to try, so let me know. Just back from Singapore, loaded with parts and accessories for myself and others. A few days of install, and should be no problem.

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