North Thailand: Dirt Roads & Trip Reports Directory


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Jan 16, 2003
Chiang Khong
North Thailand Dirt Rides

Unlike “untamed Laos” there are few long dirt rides in the North, but more short rides were the roads link up with the asphalt after “40 kms maximum.”
So where to go.......
There are many off-road trip reports on GTR & for those looking for some dirt action, here's an attempted directory of dirt rides & link ups.

[format=h3]Dirt Rides in Mae Hong Son Province[/format]

From Mae Sarieng:
West of Mae Hong Son:
From Pai:

Pai – Wiang Haeng – Fang:

The old elephant trail – Wat Chan – Mae Hong Son

[format=h3]Dirt Rides in Chiang Mai Province[/format]

Chiang Dao
From Chiang Dao there are some nice rides that go west to link up with Huay Nam Dang & Wiang Haeng
From Fang there are trails that go east to Wawi / Doi Chang
Some off road from Fang / Mae Ai on a Ducati

From Phrao on R1001/ 1150 there are loops that go off R1150 & north onto R118; or south of R1150 & onto R118 / 1001.
From Mae Kachan (R118) to Long Kord on R1001.
[format=h3]Dirt Trails in Chiang Rai Province[/format]
From Chiang Rai there are dirt trails that link up with Wawi & Doi Chang, plus along the Kok river
From Doi Mae Salong:
From Chiang Khong:
[format=h3]Dirt Trails in Nan Province[/format]
From Nan, the province with the best road bike riding, there are also numerous loops & rides to do.
From Chiang Mai to Nan:
Om Koi
A brilliant ride from Omkoi to Mae Ngao National Park!

From Om Koi to Mae Sot: Mae Tuen over the mountains to Mae Sot.

An epic:
Chiang Mai - Bangkok
For a mega dirt ride you can try this one – Chiang Mai to Bangkok the long dirty way down
A missing link adventure

Chiang Mai - Rudi Saxonator's enduro madness vdos of dirt trails
From Chiang Mai
All North Thailand

If anyone else wants to dig out some dirt reports & add them they are welcome to do so.
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Dec 9, 2008
Thank you David. That looks a very useful directory. Good idea to put all the dirt rides together by province.