Doi Pha Tang - a meander. Chiang Mai - Chiang Kham - Chiang Khong return.

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  1. Moto-Rex

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    Great photos David.

    Lights Camera Action.

    Love this photo,..trials riding on a Versy,.. wearing a pair of shorts, and no helmet.

    The action man rides again.
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    Im sure Ive stayed in this room before, but if my memory serves me right, it was in Amsterdam.

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    The Versys handled it all right.. Bit like riding a whale...
     
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    It was an interesting experience to be a part of this show.
    Lots of waiting and re doing things.. We are masters at the art of u-turns.. One more time. Action.

    On the way up to Doi Pha Tang,

    What a view.. wow

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    Les
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    At Doi Pha Tang

    Starting the long walk up

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    At the top and the cloud moved in from Laos.
    An amazing sight.. The hot air / cloud blowing up the ridge face, then the cold air from Thailand blowing the cloud back in to Laos.
    Should look pretty good in the documentary.

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    More to come when I get the photo's off my phone.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
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    My pics are a bit out of order..

    Some from the Phone..

    Here we are getting an early start after breakfast....
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    Interview time at Ian's lovely place with all the classic bikes out (In David's pictures posted earlier)

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    The Golden Triangle
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    At Chiang San

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    Further along the Khong.. This temple is a little run down compared to 18 months ago when we stopped off for a look

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    Beers and Cheers at Tamilla Chiang Khong

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    On the way up to Doi Pha Tang

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    At Doi Pha Tang

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    Beer O'clock.. Always must stop here for a beer on this bend in the road looking at the Khong.

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    The friendship bridge in the back ground

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    Cheers
    Brian
     
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    Glad you enjoyed the info. The Phaya Phipak thread - R4018 The Phaya Phipak road is another thread that you may also appreciate with it's history of the roads & battles in the same area.
    All these roads are on the GTR Golden Triangle guide map & it is well worth buying + carrying with you on tour so that you can use it for a reference to get an idea of the layout of the land & get the big picture of where you are & what you riding options are in the area.
     
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    Rocky Oddvar and Rocky Brian ride the steps at Chiang Khong, while the other Rocky takes care of the steps in Philadelphia.

    A short little clip playing silly buggers at the port in Chiang Khong.





    Cheers
    Brian
     
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    The Chiang Khong port "Rocky shenanigans" completed it was off to Doi Pha Thang.
    It was going to be the luck of the game if we had decent weather = no rain, or not.
    And yeehar it was good.

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    The road & view up

    GTR-IMG_4943. The Pha Tang road - an awesome twister

    Stopped to admire the view

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    it was time to trap Oddvar into an interview with his thoughts on motorcycling in Thailand / Laos.

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    Oddvar practising his CRF250 trail riding

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    something he wanted to get across in the interview - how good it was riding here on a small bike.
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    The view on top
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    A brief Mekong view into Laos
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    while the fog 'n cloud cleared.

    Discussing views & trench tactics
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    GTR-IMG_4957. Filming in the Pha Tang trenches

    GTR-IMG_4967. Enjoying the fresh mountain air

    Mountain filming complete back to the 'Khong & Wat Phra That Ya Mon overlooking the river & up to the 4th Thai - Laos Friendship bridge

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    & a final interview with Brian Bkk

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    a perfect ending to a magic day

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    thanks guys for the ride & fun.

    Watch Destination Thailand TV

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    for some clips in the near future.
     
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    Had a beer with Les a week ago.. Shouldn't be long until the first episode is out.

    His team think there are 4 may be 5 episodes from the 4 days filming.

    First one to focus on Chiang Rai.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
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    UPDATE JUNE 2015

    Out surveying for the next Destination Thailand TV episode.

    Route 1093 was in perfect condition with stunning scenery on 10th June 2015.

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    Plus the cabbage patch kings - the Hmong - were hard at work

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    In the early days, when Pha Tang was first opened visitors were not allowed to stay  over night & had to  leave by 6PM.

    1994 - the entry to Pha Tang from R1093 & Chiang Kham.

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    In 94 the road was still stony dirt

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    but cabbages were already king for the Hmong

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    R1093 Recommended Coffee shop
    near Huak right at the turnoff to the Lao border.

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    perfect spot for a break on R1093. Cheap 'n cheerful, with some tasty  food should you need a bite to eat.

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