Doi Inthanon Around

DavidFL

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Doi Inthanon's the highest mountain in the country & has scores of trails running around it.

Years ago my favourite day trips were out & around some of the Inthanon side "roads." The weather was & is always a bit changeable out there & it's not common to get caught out in the wet & on greasy trails. None of this should be a problem for an experienced dirt rider on an off-road bike with nice tyres, but the old Honda Wing 125 road bike didn't have them (& I could not be bothered to fit them). So it was make do with what you got & just ride as good as well as you can.

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In good weather, earlier in the day.
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Sometimes you got caught out in the dark
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And this happened
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if you could not see the greasy roads clearly.

The Karen hill tribe villages on the sides of Inthanon were awesome & many of them still are!
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A favourite route was the Khun Pae trail, starting just before Hot.
Easy at the start in the dry
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But if it rained pure grease 'n snot as they say.
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Hmong Pa Kluai was the midpoint drink & eat stop.
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All these trails are still there (some of them are now partially asphalt) & on the GT Rider MHS Loop map. Check them out for day rides from Chiang Mai!
 

canthai

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For those greasy trails full of ruts I would pick my YZ490 with a BIG knobby. 555