Doi Pha Chang Wildlife Preserve!!

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  1. #1 Oddvar, Apr 22, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2017
    During a day ride without any agenda, I saw some men coming out of a trail with rifles. No trails or road on my GPS and I went to have a look.
    I had an idea of the area but that it would take me to 1188 was a surprise. And this being a wildlife preserve area!
    More like closing the barn door after the horse has run away.
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    Not really a wet season ride mostly because of all the bamboo forest, they tend to fall over the trails.

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    This and a couple of other signs gave me hope to carry on.

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    Smooth going and no sign of wildlife or farming.

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    A tiny village without much life.

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    Before I got to se any of the wildlife they want to preserve I came across new farmland and expanding farmland. I think I saw a bird prior to this.

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    I kept to the tracks leading south and this is a dead end in a really nice valley.

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    And the only wildlife I saw was this man, his wife, his bike and his rifle. He was good at giving directions but lost all interest when I asked to se his catch.

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    If you don't have a rifle this might be a way of hunting too.

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    But heck, what do we Farang know.

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    Even the nice view could not cheer me up after the fires and lack of wildlife.

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    But this great good old fashioned gravel road did a lot to my mood. (From 1188)

    All on OSM map.
     
  2. Nice report Oddvar.....burn baby burn.

    It looks like that was a hot day on the trail. Its a pity so much of the so called "protected areas" are being cleared.

    Thanks for the track mate.

    Moto-Rex
     
  3. Here is a video about the burning of Nan.
     
  4. Thanks for this one Oddvar.
    It looks you rode through the northern edge of the Doi Pha Chi area -an old communist strong hold.

    Doi Phachi - Doi Pha Chang in the early 70s this was the CPT headquarters for "Area 12." It was a communist base camp for which the mission of the PLA infiltrators was said to be military training of insurgents . There was a serious battle in here between the Communists & the Thai army in 73.
     

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