Fossicking Around The Top North

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    #1 DavidFL, Jun 29, 2019
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    The last few weeks I've been fossicking around the for new attractions & places to go for a GT map update.
    The longer you stay here the more you realize how little you know and how much you need to go back out again to ride & see more. The pace of change has been quite rapid the last few years, and since the big 2011 Bangkok floods, a lot of people from Bangkok have cleared out & set up nice little businesses in the North.
    You also get to realize that the slower you go the more you see & notice. Pottering around, taking your time is just fine.

    Living in Chiang Khong now I have the privilege of enjoying Paradise Road any day I want, & nearly all my rides go out this way now.

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    and the ride is often nicer with some good company.

    The View Coffee is a magic spot on the Mekong is a highly recommended spot if you're taking R1290.
    It is just 6.5 kms upstream from Chiang Khong, & a mere 7 minutes from my house.

    A Mekong View from the View Coffee
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    The View Coffee is here: Google Maps

    Chiang Saen is generally the first stop, but sometimes I go up to Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao for a coffee and look at the Khong / Chiang Saen, Golden Triangle. On a clear day the view is stupendous

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    Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao is here: Google Maps

    Passing through & exiting Chiang Saen, ancient Wat Chedi Luang is on the left

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    Wat Chedi Luang is here: Google Maps

    and then a wee bit further along, on the other side of the road is the Chiang Saen city gate "Chao Por Pratu Pa SakChao Por Pratu Pa Sak"

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    Just out of Chiang Saen, and off R1016 there are some other little lakes other than by the main Chiang Saen lake next to Ian's Viang Yonok Resort.

    I discovered them by accident, looking for a nearby hill top temple, but first took a wrong turn & went past Wat Chua Ched Ton.

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    The location is here: Google Maps

    Finally on the right road I stumbled across this little beauty on the way to the nearby hill top temple.
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    The location is here: Google Maps

    And down the end of the road the hill top temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Ku Kaeo

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    I would have stayed longer to get some nice view photos, but the welcome from the temple dogs could have been better.

    Should you fancy challenging the canines, the location is here: Google Maps

    Back on the winding back roads looking for a Birds Eye view I found a suitable resting place for the Vstrom's retirement.

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    Location here: Google Maps

    Continuing the search eventually my destination was reached : The Bird i View Cafe.
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    Hanging out for a nice cuppa to sit, relax & enjoy the view I was warmly greeted by the very affable owner, who regretted to advise me that today was a "no electric day" - official power cut all day until 5PM, but if I wanted to hang out for an hour and a half they would most definitely be able to provide a refreshing cuppa. sadly I declined.

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    On a power day the BIrd i View is worth a visit.

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    The location here: Google Maps

    To be continued.
     
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    Excellent, David. You provide us with very enticing geo-dreams! Thank you.
     
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    Carrying on from the Bird I View I headed west towards Mae Chan. along R6035,
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    The lovely rural back road hooks up with R4006, hook a left and 600 metres along on the left is Wat Phra That Chom Chan.

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    The Google Maps Location: Google Maps

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    The temple has a commanding over the rice fields & the surrounding area.
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    Back onto the 4006 & it is 1.8 kms to R1016, turn left & 3.7 kms further on you're at the Mae Chan / Mae Sai / Chiang Saen road junction.

    to be continued..
     
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    I was in Bird I View cafe 2 days ago, taking a spin on the '52 BSA, when the power was on. Great spot to chill with lovely views across the valley.
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    The banana samosas were good too.
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    #5 Eoin Christie, Aug 10, 2019
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    The car park view looks good, too, with the Best of Birmingham sitting there.
    Looks like a good day out, Ian.
     
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    From Mae Chan , the Panor Coffee is just a kilometre out of town.
    A beauty of a Coffee Shop

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    heading north then The Choui Fong tea plantation was the next stop. A massive tea plantation hugely popular with Thais & tour operators.
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    Their restaurant cafeteria is an incredible business that always leaves you somewhat stunned at the volume of people visiting the place.
    For me today it was a super convenient toilet stop - a splash and a dash.

    For some reason I missed the link up & back road to the Golden Horse temple & ended up back on the main road & so the main road to the Golden Horse temple.
    The Golden Horse Temple - Wat Tham Pa A Cha Thom has featured on GTR a couple of times

    Monks on Horseback - Ordination of Novices.

    The Legend of the Golden Horse Temple

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    No luck to catch up with the famous monk, but I did get a couple of Buddha images.
    I note that the concrete car park is massive now & the place has definitely become a mega tourist attraction for Thai people now, such is the fame of Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto. It would be interesting to be at the temple for an early morning tak bat on a "Buddha. Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto is aging, but his followers continue to increase significantly.

    Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto Facebook Page

    The Golden Horse Temple Facebook page

    The Golden Horse Temple on Google Maps.

    Leaving the wat I found a winding rural back road that lead me out onto the highway, further north. Time to head home & 4 kms south I spotted a new Steak House on the highway.
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    The Rasee Steak House & Bar
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    intrigued I had to make a stop & check it out.
    A big smart clean, premises with indoor & outdoor dining.
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    Not really hungry, I settled for a light Salmon Caesar Salad & was suitably impressed...much more than adequate.
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    If you're heading along R1 north of Mae Chan, going to /from Mae Sai & feel hungry, give this place a go. They deserve to succeed .

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    and 2 hours later I was home by the Khong @ Chiang Khong.
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