North Thailand Top Ten Roads

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The Rak Thai Road R4001 from Mae Hong Son
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also one of the steepest roads on the MHS Loop
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The steep section coming up out of the valley after Pha Sua waterfall
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The Rak Thai road has featured on GTR here
Wet season: pottering around the Mae Hong Son Loop

Mae Hong Son Music Festival, May 2012.

On the GTR MHS Loop map it is here
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Some more crackers...
The 1152 from Chaeson is great, so is the NP road next to it, the 4074/4005/3005
 

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Northern Thailand favorite roads?

what is your favourite road in North Thailand.

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"TOP TEN" FAVOURITE ROADS IN NORTH THAILAND
1. R1148 Chiang Kham - Tha Wang Pha
2. R1091 Chiang Muan - Nan
3. R1256 Doi Phukha Pua - Bo Klua.
4. R1081 Bo Klua - R1169
5. R1080 Nan - Pua - Huay Kon
6. R1155 "Chiang Khong" - Thoeng/ Chiang Kham
7. R1093. Chiang Kham - "Chiang Khong"
8. R120 Mae Kachan - Wang Nua - R1
9. R101 Phrae - Nan
10. R101 "Den Chai - Sisatchanalai"
11. R11 Cnx - Lampang - Uttaradit
12. R1150 Phrao - Wiang Pa Pao
13. R109 Fang - Mae Suai
14. R1089 Tha Ton - Mae Chan
15. R1340 Arunothai - Doi Ang Khang
16. R1322 The Wiang Haeng Road
17. R1095 Pai - Soppong - Mae Hong Son (exclude Mae Malai - Pai because the road is seldom in good condition & there's usually too much traffic.)
18. R108 Mae Sarieng - Khun Yuam - Mae Hong Son
19. R1263 Mae Chaem - Khun Yuam
20. R1009 The Doi Inthanon Road
21. R1192 Doi Inthanon - Mae Chaem
22. R1096 Mae Rim - "Samoeng"
23. R1269 Sanpasak - Samoeng
24.R1162 / 11243 Nan
25. R118 Doi Saket - Mae Kachan / R120 turn off.

I haven't ridden so many of these, but I do love #18.
 

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R1088 the Mae Chaem road from Ob Luang / R108
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A nice twisting flowing ride
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With a few nice tight bends going up over the plateau
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here's the GPS Profile
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& here's how it looks in Google Earth in two parts
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Check it out sometime.
It's on the GTR MHS Loop map
Mae Hong Son Loop Map

Mae Chaem is a classic beauty of a traditional rural town
Mae Chaem - a meander
 
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R1023 the back road into Phrae.
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A twisting beauty through the hills.

Plus a super hill
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The elevation profile from Phrae to R11
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plus how it looks in Google Earth.
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R1097 Chiang Klang - "Song Khwae" R1148
A magnificent winding ridgeline road.
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the elevation profile
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starts off on the flat at Chiang Klang, then climbs steeply up into the mountains, runs along the ridge line & dramatically drops off the edge down to R1148 & Song Khwae

How it looks in Google Earth
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R1097 Chiang Klang - "Song Khwae" R1148
A magnificent winding ridgeline road.
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the elevation profile
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starts off on the flat at Chiang Klang, then climbs steeply up into the mountains, runs along the ridge line & dramatically drops off the edge down to R1148 & Song Khwae

How it looks in Google Earth
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I was there few days ago, fantastic road.
 

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R4052
The Akha Sam Yaek - Thoed Thai road.
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An amazing sweeping steep & winding roller coaster ride
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The GPS Profile Akha Sam Yaek - Thoed Thai
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The Google Earth view
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Thoed Thai is my favourite out of the way traditional "back water" town in North Thailand.
The ex home of Khun Sa the infamous opium warlord / Shan freedom fighter.
Featured on GTR here
Prince of Death Road Trip-Khun Sa Memorial

Also on Destination Thailand TV with GTR
A fun time on the road for Destination Thailand

The best greatest Poi Sang Kong festival Ive ever had the pleasure of participating in
Poi Sang Long - 2011

Plus Shan New Year
Shan New Year 2011 Thoed Thai

Thoed Thai might be out of the way bit it should be one of the highlights of a night in the Golden Triangle for anyone.
A fabulous "wild west" town full of charm for the adventurous.

It's also the place where I go for Shan spiritual cleansing - getting rid of life's bad luck & bringing in the new luck
Thai New Year a Shan Blessing - Spirit Cleansing

Wanna check it out Thoed Thai...
Where to stay in Thoed Thai
Thoed Thai Accomodation

Where to eat in Thoed Thai
Thoed Thai Restaurants

The Thoed Thai road is on the GTR Golden Triangle map here
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You can get a GTR GT map here
Golden Triangle Map
 
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Did the 1334 on the Valkyrie last week. Very interesting. Beautiful area.