Fossicking Around The Top North

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After a nice soak in the hot springs at Pa Tueng it was time for a slow mender home.

The Pa Tueng bathing house & gardens
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2kms further west along R1089 & 500 metres south of the road is Wat Chantaram
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An interesting litle wat with some nice colurs and architecture
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Then heading home along R1089 I made an obligatory stop at the Panor Coffee for a cuppa + a coldie with the delightful Miss Nid
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Roll on the next visit & another fossick around the top North, there's a few more spots to go in this fabulous country.
 

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On a meander home from Chiang Rai after fitting new spotlights, I took the road to Hell City.

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A not so subtle reminder of what may come in the after life if you don't behave yourself while alive - karma will get you in Buddhist Hell?

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Blood & Guts rule...
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Should you want to go, be astounded & perhaps learn something, Wat Chairat Samran is the place to be
 

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The Mae Kham river runs from Hua Mae Kham, in the top north-west ear above Thoed Thai into the Mekong by Wat Phrathat Pa Ngao, 4 kms downstream from Chiang Saen.

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The view from Wat Phrathat Pa Ngao
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On the Khong at Sob Kham village, just below the temple
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You can ride right along the foreshore here.
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Along the Kham river just north-west of Chiang Saen is one of the top birding spots in the North

The Nam Kham Nature Reserve

The top birding spot in Chiang Rai being the Chiang Saen lake "Nong Bong Kai Non-Hunting Area" next Ian Yonok's Resort.


The route # is 5033 & it starts just by the Wat Phrathat Chom Kitti temple.
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9 kms from the start of 5033 is Wat Mae Kham Nong Bua.
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What's important about this temple?
Don't know, but I thought the famous monk Kruba Boonchum, may have been born in this village & so there may have been a statue or something for him, and in the end I was none the wiser. Didn't see or learn anything new.


The rain soon bucketed down & I headed off home, back to Chiang Khong.
A meander up the Kham shall be continued.
 
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I didn't know about the Kham river. I will have to explore it sometime. Huay Mae Kham is a very interesting place and famous for a (I think) flower festival. Thai Sunflowers. I do recall visiting a Temple there with Horses and a Kung Fu monk years ago.

I took a Scenic route home from Chiang rai this morning.

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The rural road 4017 runs from Ban Don which is where the large Limestone Karsts are on the 1152 towards Phaya mengrai.
It crosses to Mae Ai which is between Phaya mengrai and Thoeng.
It's a very nice twisty road , great surface and very little traffic.
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At the highest point of the road is a little viewpoint with a strange tree decorated with Thai women's traditional dresses. lots of them.
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I'd be interested to know why !? They have been there for as long as I can remember 20+ years.

This Viewpoint is actually at the head of the valley where I live. I tried to connect it a few years ago on my KLX250S but I couldn't get through the last 5kms of jungle and cliff face. It's a bit more of a challenge now as we have recently had a huge Dam built at the head of the valley. Another Trail crosses the road from the viewpoint and goes down to a very large lake . It's accessible by Scooter but better on a dirt bike.

I've sent some photo's to David GTR as I have been having difficulty uploading them.
I don't normally (if ever) take photo's . So I got a coffee on the go and took some.


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At the highest point of the road is a little viewpoint with a strange tree decorated with Thai women's traditional dresses. lots of them.

I'd be interested to know why !? They have been there for as long as I can remember 20+ years.



That is my backway to Chiang Rai City, and yes a very quiet road, after the chicanes heading towards Thoeng that road has all been resurfaced, I think it was completed about the middle of lastyear, great views on a clear day from the lookout :cool:


Regards the dresses I had a monk explain the reason too me a while back, he spoke great English and from memory the dress will come from a nearby village Thai Woman who has passed away, the dress is usually her traditional or her best outfit.................this is left at the sacred spot, or in somecases in the onsite wardrobe and is supposed to bring goodluck to her spirits...................................that wardrobe has been moved from that big tree in the centre of the carpark to over towards the back, a couple of years ago from memory.
 

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A few photos from Ban Don and the scenic lookout where Lakota was a few days ago...............................................I met my mate Ozzy Pete on the 118 one morning about 3 x years ago and we rode across to just nth of Tha Ton and up to Doi Mae Salong then down to Chiang Rai and then across the backway via Ban Don to my place. Pete was riding a hire X-Max from Pops in Chiang Mai, his 1st time on a X-Max :cool:


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