Huai Lang / Laeng Another Steepest Road - Wiang Kaen / Chiang Khong

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    #1 DavidFL, Feb 18, 2019
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    The border roads south of Chiang Khong take you up some exhilarating climbs. There is
    Pha Tang
    Phu Chi Fah
    The Big Dipper
    The Lao U road

    and then there is the Huai Lang road that goes to a mountain top royal project.
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    Huai Lang has cracked a mention on GTR before in Ian's report here
    Chiang Rai Trails

    I attempted to get up here on the Versys a few years ago, but had to chicken out - the road was stony, with broken asphalt & I was sure that riding alone, if I got stuck, I would not be able to turn the bike around or pick it up by myself. So turned back. I reckon that I was about 3/4 of the way up the mountain. I've been planning to go back for a long time, but it never worked out & recent events have overtaken me.

    So I called on a couple of mates to go and check it out for - Youngie & Patrick, plus Moto-Rex.
    Rex got up a couple of days before Youngie & Patrick, but Rex has since gone back to Oz.
    Youngie & Patrick did it a few days later, but it was not a happy ending for Youngie, as he dumped his CRF getting over a long on a trail, landed on his ribs on the log & cracked a rib. Adrenalin got him out on his bike & back to Chiang Khong, where an x-ray confirmed a broken rib. Youngie is a tough bugger & made it back to Chiang Mai, in a pick up, & is still recovering slowly.
    Youngie provided some photos & a bit of info.....

    A mountain top view
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    more to come.
     
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    #2 DavidFL, Feb 24, 2019
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    Found my track from 2015

    I got in 5.8 kms & turned around on the Versys. Here's how it looked then - what a climb.
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    That's one hell of a steepie! The climb up goes quite a bit further too.. This 5.8 kms was my wimp out point, not knowing at all what was ahead.

    How it looked in 2015
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    Looking back down to the East
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    That long steep uphill climb.
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    It was here that I turned around as a wimp, not knowing the road conditions ahead, & whether I'd be able to safely turn the bike around alone on the slope ahead.

    Looking back down to the East.
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    How the climb up looks in 2019
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    The way to go
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    Up on top after the royal project some trails to ride
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    How it looks in Google Earth
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    Check it out sometime.
    The route # should be R4054. It is on the GTR Golden Triangle Loop map: Golden Triangle Map
    Turn off on R1155, 10 kms south of Wiang Kaen, in Ban Lo.
    There is a massive Hmong village shortly after you make the turn off.

    Enjoy: this is an excellent half day trip from Chiang Khong. You could combine it with a trip to Kaeng Pha Dai @ the Mekong end of the road, on GTR here
    Pha Dai - Wiang Kaen - The Mekong End Of The Road
     
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