Death Highway To Umphang

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  1. Rod Page

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    Goran - looking forward to your report on this one - one of Thailand's best, an area packed with history & treasures. There will be many wishing to join you, certainly follow in your foot-steps.
     
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    Rod, it looks as 5th of February 2017 is the D-day, can't wait. If everything goes according to plan we should come back with one helluva story.

    Thanks again for posting this brilliant report, it is NAT GEO material.
     
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    Goran - your somewhat flattering comments compelled me to revisit the post, not so much to study the text but to revisit such a wonderful outing.
    Rhodie, who is a far better (indeed internationally recognised) writer & adventurer than most I know, makes a good point in stating that the area is rich in history. I regret greatly that I did not stay longer (nor find the time to return before Vietnam called) to explore in greater depth a number of potentially excellent outings from Umphang ............. I hope perhaps that you'll find time.
    Cheers & safe riding.
     
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    Rod I am curious as to just how much has changed in this area in regards to the border situations. I am heading off next week for a 6 week ride covering this area and am very keen to get into some of the more remote "adventurous" areas. I remember trail riding around Mae Sai in the late 80's and there were numerous cases of people straying into Burma and getting shaken down by Burmese troops....didnt stop us though! Are there areas that are still as unguarded as in your original pics?
     
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    G'day Dave - it's some time since I rode out that way (I headed to Vietnam in 2011, living in DaNang for over a year before moving to Bora Bora after 18 months where I still live).

    In any case a recent exchange of correspondence with Goran, backed by numerous photos that he took, would indicate little has changed in any significant way. This is not all that surprising given that the hill-tribes are nomadic & don't 'recognise' international boundaries (which in itself is an interesting topic in that the boundaries in the area concerned have not yet been recognised by both Thailand & Myanmar). THe tribal members continue to cross 'at leisure' as they have for centuries (or in case of being attacked by the Myanmar military junta) for trade, ease of passage or shelter as the case may be).

    Head down & have a look, know your limits, your surroundings & all will be well....one thing is for sure you'll enjoy the ride immensely & the area is packed with history, with interest with opportunities for adventure.

    All that remains is a trip report!
     
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    G'Day Rod, thanks for the reply. I am very much looking fwd to this ride. Living in Malaysia gives me the opportunity to spend a great deal of time exploring Thailand.....my normal SOP is get lost AF and find cool shit. This will be our 26th ride in 4 years and having a real affinity with the Burmese from backpacking there a number of times years back will just make it so much better. Cant go too crazy as I have my Malay Princess on the back and road tyres in the wet season put the stoppers on extended off road stuff.

    Trip report...standby!
     
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    Bump for Gary Sharpe asking me for info.
     
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    Lae Tong Ku was visited by these guys
    Sangkhla Buri to Umphang, 2 day ride through the jungle...
     
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