The Lao U Road - Sensational, Excitement Plus.

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  1. DavidFL

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    One of the joys of Chiang Khong is riding the Lao Border & roads R1155 & R1093, with the magnificent roads of
    Pha Tang
    Phu Chi Fah
    Singapore Road
    Huai Laeng
    The Big Dipper

    and then there's the little known Lao U Road....but where is Lao U....

    80 kms down R1155 from Chiang Khong is the small village of Pang Kha.

    Riding R1155
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    R1155 is as good as anything in the North.

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    Pang Kha is just a small village, basically at the end of the mountains on R1155 to the North,

    There's a small road off to the east here, that runs up to R1093 & the old Hmong village of Lao U, now called Rom Pho Thai.
    The road junction at Pang Kha looks like this
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    The Lao U road has featured on GTR before
    A short GT Loop

    Doi Pha Tang - a meander. Chiang Mai - Chiang Kham - Chiang Khong return.

    It is only a short road, but what a road
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    You'd never know that looking at the start in Pang Kha
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    How it looks on google earth
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    I first went down this road when it was dirt a few decades ago, & will try to dig out some photos.
    In 2008 it was in good condition at the top Lao U end.
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    It is a magnificent road for photos if you want to take your time!

    In 2014 the road had suffered significant flood damage & was a mess
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    Doi Pha Tang - a meander. Chiang Mai - Chiang Kham - Chiang Khong return.

    But in 2019 it is all good again.... go for a ride up the hill soon..
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    The road is a total beauty & in perfect race track condition
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    The road junction on R1093 at Lao U.
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    From Lao U you have two options, continue north along R1093 to Phu Chiu Fah & Pha Tang.
    From both of these places you can drop back down to R1155 again.
    The Phu Chi Fah descent is 12.9 kms
    The Pha Tang Descent is 13.5 kms
    So you can see the Lao U descent is the more rapid one!

    Use this for an exciting day trip from Chiang Khong.
    Check out
    My Chiang Khong & 2 Brothers On Tour.
    for some more options from Chiang Khong.
     
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  2. ianyonok

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    It's been a few years, must get up that one again, looks great in your photos, David.
     
  3. ZCM

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    The 1093 is my preferred road, rather than the 1155.
    I guess that's the good thing about my 250cc in that I tend to search for the twistier routes than the fastest ones, because its no fun chugging along straighter stretches on a smaller cc bike. Ive been lucky in that it often turns up some amazing quiet routes with often fabulous views.
    Thank you for the update..and for the 2014 images. Shocker!
     

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