On the road - where is this route?

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  1. DavidFL

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    Anyone recognise this route number? And where is it?

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    I thought it was a beauty. Never seen it before.
     
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    No takers yet? Where are you Captain Slash?
    OK, a couple of hints.
    1. It's in the North
    2. It’s "sort of" a new bypass road.

    Meanwhile, fossicking along the 'Khong a few days ago....
    R4007. A nice little narrow tight twisting steep undulating rural back road beside that mighty beautiful river.
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    10 kms from the start of R4007 (at the CK end) you’ll stumble across the Rai Saeng Arun boutique resort
    http://www.raisaengarun.com/
    This place really is a genuine gem right on the Mekong. Indeed it’s perfect for that magical trip trying to impress a romantic girlfriend.....

    Your bungalow for the night, with majestic Mekong river views.
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    A bungalow backside, perhaps so impressive, but check out the location & commanding view.
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    The open air sala deck dining area.
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    Or down by the riverside
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    Your riverside views
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    And yep, the 'Khong is up. Here’s Houei Xai from Tammila in Chiang Khong
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    Plus the Khong from on the road R1129
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    Keep riding if you're a biker. No need to talk about it. Just do it.
     
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    Is it the Fang bypass?
     
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    I second Scotty 007 choice as the Fang bypass. Yes??
     
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    Nope, not the Fang bypass.
     
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    Hmmh?
    How about it goes to a bridge.
     
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    Captain
    It's hard to imagine you not having crossed this road, but you may not have ridden down it, as it is a wide "newish" bypass & you tend to like & stick to nice rural back roads, avoiding the bigger roads.
    It's been around for a couple of years, uncompleted & an unnumbered; but now it's Route # 123!
     
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    Is it the Chiang Dao bypass? I can definately renember seeing this recently (JAN08)
     
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    Sorry guys. Try further north. It is 9kms from start to finish, skirting town.
     
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    Let me put in my 2 cents worth. I guess that it is the new road branching of from Rd 1 just south of Mae Sai going to the new bridge over the Mekong to Burma, a few clicks east of the old bridge. The bridge seems to be open for goods transport but not yet for general use.
     
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    Yes sir! Jackpot. That's the one, & I reckon for an expert like you "the bridge" was probably the give away.

    From off the new "forthcoming" GT Rider Golden Triangle guide map....
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    Yes, indeed, the bridge was the give away. I did remember having been on road 123 but could not remember anymore where it was. By the way, has the last part - connecting it to the bridge - been finished by now?
     
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    Using an old thread for convenience..

    The Rai Saeng Arun resort & restaurant is a beauty by the Khong.
    It is located on the river road 24 kms upstream from Chiang Khong.
    Majestically located on the 'Khong there is a sweet terrace restaurant to view the river & watch the world go by.
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    But it hasn't always been plain sailing.
    In 2008 the Khong got up a bit high & their conference room down by the river went under water
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    It was a mess to clean up
    Mekong1LR.

    They never quite recovered & in 2015 it looked like this
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    Then came the new government plan to fortify the river banks on the Thai side = time to move out that building....what there is now
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    and the bungalow that are left
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    still worthy of a night by the Khong.
    Check it out sometime.
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