Phetchabun Ride Trips

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  1. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Moderator Staff Member

    Route 2331 through Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park.

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    Riding through some of the most spectacular scenery in entire country. This is Phu Ta Boek viewpoint overlooking Thailand's "mini Stelvio Pass" :smile1: Very steep indeed, but loving every second of it. The adrenaline rush while on the way down is something else.

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    Local folks at the viewpoint

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    And on the way down....

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    Imperial Phukaew Resort, Khao Kho. My first double overnight stop. Going to "recharge the batteries" here for 2 nights and check numerous POI's within radius of 50km.

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  3. Rod Page

    Rod Page Ol'Timer

    Know this road well - one of the best of all in Thailand. Your photos will encourage many more to follow. Bravo.
     
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  4. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks Rod. Nice to hear members appreciate the report. More to come later today.
     
  5. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Moderator Staff Member

    Love this place, Iconic Route 12 Cafe. Less than 3km from my resort, perfect place to relax, enjoy the coffee or even meet new friends.

    Check out the simple video I did.



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    Got myself a t-shirt :mrgreen:

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    On my way east on Route 12 noticed this coffee shop. People would do anything to market their business altough I have to admit this is really cool

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    Main route towards Isaan and Vientiane

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    Getting steeper, about 45 km east from my resort

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    And here is the place I wanted to see:

    Pho Khun Pha Muang Bridge in Petchabun, route 12. Only 50 meters high but considered Thailand's highest highway bridge. Back in December 27th 2013 bus fell from the bridge around 5 a.m, killing in process 29 passengers and caused four survivors serious injuries. When bus arrived at the bridge, it lost control and went through the metal fence down to the ground below. Around 100 members of rescue teams had to bring up the bodies and survivors. They found 28 bodies and sent five people to the hospital, one of which later passed away. Very sad :cry:

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  6. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Moderator Staff Member

    Turned back towards resort, next stop magnificent Wat Pha Sorn Kaew. Settled on hillside, overlooking entire Khao Kho.

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    5 million mosaic tiles used at various points of this temple complex. When I told my Thai Chinese hi-so pal from Phuket I was here he went nuts why I didn't ask him to come. Says this place is like holy grail to Thai Chinese....

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    So I take this steep narrow concrete road further up the hill to take couple of more pics

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    Few interesting resorts along the way.

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  7. Goran Phuket

    Goran Phuket Moderator Staff Member

    One more stop and that would be end of mountain regions of Northern Thailand :-(

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    Khao Kho War Memorial and Weapons Museum, or what is left from times when fighting communist insurgency in these parts.
    Yet another steep but well paved road leading to this place in clouds. Free entry, me only visitor around as usual. Thai soldiers guarding the place.

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