The Nine Day Northern Thailand Tour

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  1. Gregthemagnificent

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    Our ride starts on Sunday 4 November, first stop Khun Yuam.
    We are six riders from Australia, three from Perth, and the others from northern NSW.
    The plan is Chiang Mai, Khun Yuam, Pai, Fang, Chiang Saen, Chiang Kham, Nan, Tack,
    Mae Sariang and back to Chiang Mai in 9 days.
    The bikes are from Mr Mechanic and hopefully will be 4 CB500X's and 2 CB650F's. I bags a 650.

    Are we too early for the sun flowers at Bua Tong?
     
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    Kiwi Cruiser Ben Kemp
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    Hi Greg

    The sunflowers are at their best by mid to late November, so its worth a look out that way from Khun Yuam. You could then do the 4009 route back onto the 108 highway, see:

    Why We Must Ride The 4009!
     
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    Thank Ben, the 4009 looks very interesting
     
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    Hi Greg

    I'm not sure why you picked Khun Yuam though... I've lived in the north for 12 years and have never noted any reason to spend a night there. Mae Hong Son is only another 65 kms further and has a Night Market, plus a selection of good restaurants etc.
     
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    Hi Ben,

    We chose to stay at Khun Yuam as concerned about running out of time after picking up the bikes. Two of us did a similar ride in the north last November, but it's the first time for the others, so expect lots of chaos on day 1.

    We are heading out on the 1013, maybe detouring to Wachirathan waterfall and finish up on the 1263. Google maps says its 250km and 6 hours but don't know how accurate this is. I have booked the Khun Yuam Resort a few km out of town and it looks ok on the net.
     
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    #6 Gregthemagnificent, Nov 4, 2018
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    Day 1 successfully completed and a great time had by all
    Google Maps

    Staying at Khunyuam Resort, and then checking out the muaythai in town.

    Picking up the bikes
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    Greg,
    Following your trip with interest & with envy from a hot Brisbane.
    Know the track you followed on Day 1 well & looking forward to updates along the way.
    You are in good hands with Ben giving you advice.
    Safe trip.
    Cheers
    Rod
     
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    #8 Gregthemagnificent, Nov 6, 2018
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    DSCN0035. DSCN0038.
    Thanks Rod, the KhunYuam Resort was a great place to stay, owner friendly and helpful, nice views and peaceful until we arrived
     
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    Day 2
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    A big day, Meo microvave - a great climb. Ban Rak Thai - fantastic road and pretty place.
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    Day 3
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    Late start today as my son and mate from Perth stayed out late drinking beer.
    Loved the rugged area we passed through on the 1340 and 1249.
    After Ba No Lae, the road down the mountain to Fang is the steepest so far. Very difficult as it is all pot holes covered in loose gravel.

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    Day 4
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    Today's highlight was Khun Sa's old camp.
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    Day 5
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    Messed up today, did the 1020 to Chiang Kham but wanted to do the 1155 and see Phu Chi Fa.
    Enjoyed walking around town, and went to a fantastic restaurant near the hotel (Ciangkhuam Grand Villa)

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    Hi Greg

    You are certainly covering the ground pretty well, and being blessed by the glorious weather that we are all enjoying. All of the riverside towns along the Mekong are great places to stay, and good coffee and cakes are much easier to find now than they were a decade ago.

    I hope your riding mates are duly impressed by your organisational skills and itinerary?
    - they ought to be keeping you sustained with free beers daily... :)

    We are all enjoying the progress reports, and appreciate your efforts to do that!
     
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    Great Job and Great Photos. Well thought out trip taking in all the sights!
     
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    Thanks Ben,
    Fantastic weather and amazing scenery. Only had 2 cakes yesterday.
    I spent a lot of time staring at google maps and checking agoda for places to stay.
    My mates say it's the best riding they have ever done and keen to do it again
     
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    #17 Gregthemagnificent, Nov 10, 2018
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    Day 6
    Google Maps
    Amazing day, quick riding on the 1148 and great mountain vista's on the way to Bo Kluea. Purchased some salt, but suspicious about it being produced here.
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    Great one. Looks like you hit the jackpot everywhere you went.

    What do you think about the bikes you selected - was everyone happy with he choice?
    Would you take a different one next time?
     
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    Hi David,
    I'm riding a cb650 and wouldn't get one again. It feels a bit top heavy in the tight slow bends
    I prefer the cb500 to the cb650 as
    I prefer the cb500 over the cb650.
    it deals with the tight corners a lot better, especially when going quick. The 500's single disk front breaks are a bit week while the 650's twin risks are good.

    The 650 feels a bit bulky and top heavy in the tight bends. My mates on the 500 are easyly quicker on the 500's

    The 650 vstrom is the most comfortable and powerful, but is longer, making it slower in the tight corners
     
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    #20 Gregthemagnificent, Nov 11, 2018
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    My computer has decided to stop working, so will update when I ca

    just discussed the bike with everyone, and the verdict is vstrom is the bike we will ride on the next trip
     
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    #21 Gregthemagnificent, Nov 12, 2018
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    Day 7
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    Fixed the computer, reset it and now need to set up things again. Its' a solid state drive, so expected it to deal with being strapped to the back of the bike.
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    Day 9
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    Successful ride, great fun and no major dramas.
    Back next year, and most likely do a similar ride in the other direction

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    Beautiful report.
    Thanks for the contribution.

    Great to know you're coming back.

    Here's a couple more for you to tick off next trip

    R1216 the Khun Satan Road.
    1216, a hidden Pearl in Nan?

    The Big Dipper
    https://www.gt-rider.com/se-asia-motorcycling/threads/r4018-the-phaya-phipak-road.10303/

    The Doi Tung - Mae Sai Burma border back Road
    Cnx - Mae Sai - Doi Tung - Doi Mae Salong - Cnx

    have a look in here for some more ideas
    North Thailand Top Ten Roads

    Good luck & many thanks for joining in on GTR
     
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    Hey Greg, awesome looking trip mate, brilliant pictures tell the story of a great adventure. Im going chiang Mai in December but only time for a 3 day loop this trip, followed by 18 day trip from central to south vietnam. Was thinking about what bike to rent in chiang mai, sounds like the Vstrom 650 is your recommendation, what were the highlights of the bike? Also, daft question but how do you attach the google maps daily activity? All the best Wayne
     

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