The North West End Tours of Thailand, Part 01

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    Chiang Mai
    The first days in Chiang Mai I look the Flower Festival, make some small tours and look the temples.
    The temples in the nightime much more better than in the daytime but don’t forget moskitospray.





    Tuk Tuks at Wat Phantao, the nice wood temple

    Here is the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Posting:!?p=305508#post305508

    After the festival i rent a CRF 250 from POP for 650Baht/day and pay him 2 weeks. POP has now about 600 motorbikes and he is the biggest in asia but always very friendly when I see him.


    My first enduro-week i drove alone for look something new and take pictures. The second week i drove with 4 friends.

    Doi Suthep - Huay Ting Tao Lake
    When I stay in Chiang Mai I drove the dirt road to Huay Ting Tao with stop over at coffee farm and a cheap lunch at the Huay Ting Tao lake. The tour start in Chiang Mai, up to Doi Suthep, drive the way to Doi Pui, before Doi Pui turn right, short stop at coffee farm, dirt road down to Huay Ting Tao. A poppy flower in Doi Pui


    Dirt road near the coffee farm with my friends

    Restaurant on the Huay Ting Tao Lake, good and cheap thaifood

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    Mon Charm Garden and Rock Tower
    Another day to Mon Charm Garden and Rock Tower >>very nice places << From Chiang Mai to Mae Rim (107), then turn left (1095), after a few kilometers turn right and drive a small curvy street up on a mountain, near the top turn right and follow the signs to Mon Charm Garden. From Mon Charm Garden follow the dirt road to the Rock Tower. Here the map:


    This area is coming up very popular for thai-tourist with many camping-resorts, restaurants and strawberry fields. This one with tent for rent is brand new. I stop for a coke and mama soup.


    Some nice bungalow resorts



    This one look like a tent but it is made with concret

    This one I really like to look

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    Chaeson National Park
    Next day to Chaeson Park about 60km east of Chiang Mai, a lonely road with nice places.
    In Chiang Mai drive the road to the river and on the big road to Chiang Rai .
    -km 18 Doi Saket, keep left on the 118 to Chiang Rai.
    -km 18,2 Gasoline station.
    -km 29,6 nice temple left side


    -km 46 Pang Faen
    -km 47 Sharp turn right (after a concret bridge and a left curve). N19.01631 E099.30457
    -km 47,8 Happy House Resort. Now up on the mountainroad.


    -km 55,8 Temple at 1078m. N18.99274 E099.34460


    -ca. km 234 turn right up (Sign „Skyline Adventure“) and follow the street (keep left) to the treehouse N18.95127 E099.33418


    - km 67,8 back on the mainstreet.
    -km 71,7 Big fork, keep left
    -km 102,6 Barrier
    -km 107 Turn right to Chaesorn NP.
    -km 109,3 Entry counter, if you want look the waterfall pay 200 baht, if you want only passing tell them and you not pay (but NOT stop in the park).


    -km 112,8 Fork, keep right
    -km 123,6 Small village with gasoline and a small coffee shop (25 baht for coffee). After the village fork, keep left down
    -km 129,6 Kew Fin Viewpoint parking, in a few minutes walk up to the top on 1517m.
    After the road goes down, be careful because sometimes stepy.
    -ca. km 136 a nice wood cafe on 1083m with terrace and cake. Coffee Cake is 65 hot capu is 50 Baht. N18.86579 E099.35553


    I love this building, Mae Kampong KP Resort


    -km 134,3 End of the stepy mountainroad at a top hotel.

    A nice old temple


    -km 138,3 Hotelruine, never built finish.




    -km 139,7 Tharnthong Lodge
    -km 140,8 Small thai-restaurant.
    -km 143,9 Turn right.
    -km 153,1 At the highway turn left.
    -km 155,4 Here you can turn left to some small lake and a diary farm with goats and deer.



    -km 174,7 back at the highway, turn left
    -km 195,7 Bierstube Chiang Mai at 18.20 p.m.

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  4. Extraordinary photos. Can't wait to see more on this trip.
  5. Another gem of a report.
    Loving the photos & detailed info.
    Keep it going.
  6. Great report and great photo's

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. #7 helbob, Aug 9, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2016
    Thanks for nice comments ;-)


    Forest Temple Wat Luang Khun Win
    The last trip goes to Wat Luang Khun Win, the beautiful wood temple in the forest of Samoeng. This one is amazing and I know it from this forum. The way: Drive to Samoeng, on the T in Samoeng turn left, after a few kilometers only dirt road and you will pass a few small poor villages. GPS 18.714890, 98.714688. Now near finish built.

    Now they make a new construction


    5 guys from Chiang Mai via Wat Chan to Mae Hong Son
    The first day only around Chiang Mai for check bike and driver. The next day i must wake up early because my bike need a new tire. About 9.00 o clock we start to Mae Hong Son. First on the big road to Mae Rim, turn left to Samoeng. In Samoeng turn right and now on the small streets and dirt roads via Wat Chan to Mae Hong Son, about 230km. The street is very good now and the built new tamrac roads near Wat Chan.
    The way from Chiang Mai:
    -km 18,6 Mae Rim, turn left to Samoeng.
    -km 42,2 Viewpoint on 1078m
    -km 48,3 turn right to Samoeng.
    -km 53,7 Samoeng T, turn right.
    -km 55,8 Gasoline station. After the gasoline station short turn right and keep left on the fork (follow the mainroad).
    -km 58,9 a village, turn left.
    -km 62,3 Dirt road to a temple up
    -km 65,4 Back on the mainroad from the temple.
    -km 75,4 Khun Khan Nationalpark.
    -km 84,7 Bigger village with restaurant.
    -km 115,9 until here tamrac road, now dirt road
    -km 119,5 new tamrac road for a few kilometers
    -km 130,1 Triangle, keep right
    -km 140,2 bigger village
    -km 149,9 at 12.15 Uhr Wat Chan. When you turn right then you see after 20m a small restaurant (not this one on the corner, the next one). Drive to the other way and after 150m you see a cheap gasoline station on the left side.
    -km 160,7 Fork in the village, keep right.
    -km 196,1 um 14.11 Uhr Bandongsamuen village (with small gasoline station)
    -km 223,0 now tamrac
    -km 227,3 Checkpoint
    -km 230,2 Mainroad, turn right.
    -km 237 Mae Hong Son.

    We stay in Mae Hong Son Guesthouse Bungalows, a nice quiet place with a friendly woman owner. Now she have only bungalows for 400-500 baht, the old cheap rooms are broken. The guesthouse is about 1km from the center. GPS 19.304457, 97.957910


    In Mae Hong Son we saw the Road to Mandaly Rally. Old cars drive a verly long way, I can’t believe that.
    „The Road to Mandalay Ralley” goes from Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand and Burma, The Road to Mandalay 2015 . After a few minutes internet searching we found the cars from the gasoline station .

    The red car with nr. 17 is Phil Garratt(GB) and Kieron Brown(GB) and the car is a 1937 - Chevrolet Fangio Coupe with a 3860ccm engine.

    Outside a old car but inside with good equipment

    The blue Volvo PV 540 with nr. 37 was built 1958, Denis Wilson(IRL) / Jill Wilson(IRL), a 1796ccm engine.

    The white Jaguar MK1 with nr. 40 was built 1959, Daniel Spadini(CH) / Alexandra Spadini(CH), a 3442ccm engine.

    The blue Jaguar XK150 with nr. 35 was built 1958, Syed Budriz Jamalullail(MY) / Syed Haizam Jamalullail(MY)/Aubry Mennesson(F), a 3442ccm engine

    If you want to drive their way here is the plan:
    The Route | The ERA Road to Mandalay
    Day 1: Raffles Hotel, Singapore to Desaru. 323 kms
    Day 2: Desaru to Kuantan. 402 kms
    Day 3: Kuantan to Cameron Highlands. 430 kms
    Day 4: Cameron Highlands to Kota Bharu. 440 kms
    Day 5: Kota Bharu to Georgetown. 450 kms
    Day 6: Rest Day - Georgetown
    Day 7: Georgetown to Trang. 385kms
    Day 8: Trang to Khao Lak. 463 kms
    Day 9: Khao Lak – Rest Day
    Day 10: Khao Lak to Chumphon. 340 kms
    Day 11: Chumphon to Kanchanaburi. 558kms
    Day 12: Kanchanaburi to Kanchanaburi. 372 kms
    Day 13: Kanchanaburi to Phetchabun. 525 kms
    Day 14: Phetchabun to Phrae. 422kms
    Day 15: Phrae to Chiang Mai. 408 kms
    Day 16: Chiang Mai - Rest Day
    Day 17: Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son. 315 kms
    Day 18: Mae Hong Son to Mae Sot. 394 kms
    Day 19/20: Mae Sot to Myawaddy to Mawlamyine. 155 kms
    Day 21: Mawlamyine to Naypyitaw. 455 kms
    Day 22: Naypyitaw to Inle Lake. 273 kms
    Day 23: Inle Lake to Mandalay. 251 kms
    Day 24: Mandalay to Bagan. 237 kms
    Day 25: Bagan to Rangoon. 587 kms
    Day 26: Shipping Day
    Total: 8185km

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  8. #8 helbob, Sep 2, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2016

    Mae Hong Son: Rak Thai and Pan Ung
    Nice tamrac tour to two chinese villages near burma border.
    First a stop on a waterfall

    Pan Ung Lake

    Rak Thai, the mountain behind us is the border to burma

    A border picture


    In the village Rak Thai, they sell everywhere tea

    In this restaurant we eat soup and we thought expensive because 150
    baht, no, 150 baht for a big bucket, but we order 5 soup ……


    Mae Hong Son: Jabo Tour
    This is a very quiet tour. First the 1095 direction to Pai.
    After 50km the viewpoint. Km 56,4 turn left to Jabo on the 1226. On the
    next fork keep left and follow the street until the end on the myanmar
    border on 1192m.

    A street with a nice landscape. Many small poor villages in this area
    with people eat betelnut.



    If you see something like this be carefull, it is very bad to drive on
    this street with the powder.

    On the way back you can drive to the
    Diamond Cave, Coral Cave and Mae Lana Cave, only with guide. My tour was
    about 230km.


    Mae Hong Son: MHS – Wat Chan - Pai Loop
    -9.21 Uhr Start, drive the mainroad to south.
    -km 6,4 Turn left
    -km 9,2 Checkpoint
    -km 40,5 at 10.32 Uhr in Bandongsamuen
    -km 51,5 at 11.06 Uhr Fork, keep left
    -km 60,1 at 11.27 Uhr on 1668m
    -km 86,7 at 12.20 Uhr Wat Chan, short stop for a soup and gasoline.


    -km 117,5 Hot Springs


    -km 118,9 Left to the concrete Mainroad Haupstrasse
    -km 133,5 Turn left to Pambok Waterfall.
    -km 157,8 Mhor Pang Waterfall
    -km 163,9 at 15.08 Uhr Mainroad.
    -km 184,6 at 15.32 Uhr on 1432m Kiu Lom Viewpoint.
    -km 202 at 16.02 Uhr Phang Mapha = Soppong,
    -km 268,2 um 17.35 Uhr Mae Hong Son

    The full loop without waterfall is about 250km.
    I believe it was 15 years ago when I drove for the last time from Wat
    Chan to Pai, a very bad road. Now it looks like a small highway it is
    possible with every car. Every year i stop in Pai for Capucino and cake
    in Cake go o, but this year to expensive because much more than in my
    home, a butterbread is now 85 baht…

    Next time more

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  9. #9 helbob, Sep 2, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2016

    Thaton: Newton Guesthouse, Wat Thaton, Mae Salong
    The tour from Mae Hong Son was hard because at 8.00 o clock only 15C. First we use the 110km tamrac road from MHS to Pai and then 160km dirt road with short parts of tamrac, the last 60km tamrac
    road to Thaton, total 330km, 8hours.
    Here a short stop near Doi Ang Khang
    Thaton is a good place for nice enduro tours to collapsed road in the west of Thaton, Mae Salong, Wawi/Doi Chang, the river dirt roads to Chiang Rai and more. It is a real cheap thai-city not a touristplace as Chiang Mai or Pai. A big Leo in Newton Gh is only 65 baht.
    In Thaton i choose 2 times the new Newton Guesthouse witch is on the old
    place of Kwans Gh in front of the bridge, 1min walk to 7/11. Nice new
    rooms (only 4) with TV, Hot water for 350 baht. GPS 20.060860, 99.361658





    The Wat Thaton is one of the best temples in Thailand and a “must see place”, don’t forget to visit daytime AND nightime!!

    They built something new


    Doi Mae Salong is a mountain-city witch offers many dirt roads and curvy tamrac mountain roads.
    It is a chinese dominated city with many tea farms. One of my favorite dirt roads here is the small short path from Ja Bu Si Village to the 1089. Outlook to the 1089:



    Another crazy dirt road goes near the mountain temple down to the city.
    This path is a little bite difficult as you can see in this video of my

    Here pictures from this path


    Crazy Thailand: The garlic pickups, a original pickup can put only 2000-3000kg, but with a truck axle and reinforced springs can put 4000kg. I don’t know if they modify the brakes too……



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  10. #10 helbob, Sep 5, 2015
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    Thaton: Collapsed Road
    This year I tried the Collapsed Road from the north and from the south side but it was impossible
    to pass the army-checkpoint. First from the north side, it start about 300m from 7/11 in Thaton and goes up.
    From the north side I can pass the first army-checkpoint (Plate register, Passcopie), about 13km from
    Thaton. But 3km after the Doi Lang Camp Ground (1717m) on 2029m the army say no.

    First a short temple visit, for lucky :)



    Doi Lang Camp Ground with a wonderful view on 1717m and fresh air

    Nice trees in the high mountains

    Down near Thaton, a bamboo house with sat tv

    Then I drove down and to the other side via Mae Mao Dam, but the same.
    Back in Thaton after 190km.
    A nice road but I not saw the repaired collapsed road :-(.
    Mae Mao Dam

    Checkpoint on the south side

    Many people come here to look the rare birds, but this one very small

    This time the farmer cut the tabaco

    After the dinner up to the temple


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  11. #11 helbob, Sep 5, 2015
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    Thaton: Doi Chang, Wat Rong Khun, Dream Gh
    We start in Thaton the way to Chiang Rai, after a few kilometers turn right to Huay Khum
    Resort. I nice road through the mountains to Wawi, the hidden city between the mountains. Wawi is one of the biggest old citys that I know and still old style. From Wawi the way to Doi Chang, a curvy mountain road.
    Doi Chang has a very beautiful landscape and most of the people here akha who work in the coffee farms. On Doi Chang now are some good resorts.
    After a coffee we drove up to the top on 1700m. Coffee Farm Shop

    Then down on the east side to Wat Rong Khun. But first cross this fire

    The Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) looks good. Something is broken but still nice to see this building



    From Wat Rong Khun 30 km on the river to My Dream Guesthouse for the best falang food for only 120 baht.

    The old suspension bridge (Aleaja Bridge, constructed 2541means in the year 1998) is danger now, we
    only walk on the bridge. 2 years ago I use it with my Honda CRF 250.


    We follow the dirt road witch has some small water crossings and near the end a stepy mountain. Short stop on the river

    The dirt road ends at the 1089 junction to Mae Salong.

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  13. #13 helbob, Sep 6, 2015
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    Thaton to Phu Chee Fah
    Phu Chee Fah is the border-mountain to Laos. From Thaton to Chiang Rai and then to the
    east. It is a very nice place with only a few foreign tourist but sometimes many thai tourist. I choose the same resort as i had 2 years ago, the Phu Chee Fah Lodge. This resort is about 9km from Rom Fah Thai, the village where the street goes up to the top. This bungalow was 500 baht include a thai-breakfast.

    Then back to the mountain

    On the next day a drove up to Phu Pha Sawan Viewpoint, the road goes up 10m before the resort. The last 10min must walk.

    A illegal fall to Laos :)

    And then to Pha Tang, about 25km in the north, but the same mountainchain. A nice curvy road, everytime between 1400-1500m. From parking to the top only 10min walk. The fantastic view, left side Laos with the mekong river

    This is a new dirt road…

    ..with a great viewpoint

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  14. #14 helbob, Apr 28, 2016
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    I think we all like to look the crazy, funny bikes in Thailand, so I will show you some of them (I
    write some price because difficult to see in the photo).
    This one is a shop in Pattaya, Soi Buakhao


    This one at a tattoo shop in Soi Buakhao, Pattaya

    Private bike in Pattaya, but he want sell
    WARNING:p Pattaya police not accept National Driving License, every tourist must have a
    International Driving License, those caught will pay 400 baht.
    I was very disappointed this year of Koh Larn, every year more waste



    WARNING: Bus Don Sak Pier – Surathani trainstation, Bad game
    My friend had a ticket from phangan 2000 for the bus from don sak to surathani trainstation. He had only a
    small bag but the driver said he must put in the stowing box and then he do it ... When he arrived he saw the
    bag of him was open and another one too. He check and saw the mobilephone was stolen. He and another
    guy start to shout with the driver. Then the driver jump in the bus and ramed the guys with the bus. My friend
    push the window with his arm and the window split. They report it to the police but nothing.... He report to
    Phangan 2000, they said nothing happen….

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    Nice places in Thailand
    Khao Kitchakut, near Chanthaburi, a nice trip, 180km from Pattaya.
    GPS Google: 12.836821, 102.168404

    Khao Lak, near the old Similana Resort (still broken from Tsunami)
    GPS Google: 8.742331, 98.246354


    Koh Kho Khao Island, nice for a day trip, boat oneway: Motorbike 20 baht, person 20 baht
    GPS Google: 8.908838, 98.252027

    Samet Island, near Pattaya

    Khao Sok, between Khao Lak and Surathani!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

    Kee Ree Warin, midrange raft house resort

    500 rai, luxurios raft house resort


    Smiley Lake House, a low price raft house resort of my friend

    I would like terminate this thread with a few beautiful pictures of Surin Islands, near Khao Lak. You can rent a bungalow for ~2500 baht or a tent for 500 baht. I had a lot of fun with my thaifriends there. The speedboat is 1600 baht for go and back (60km oneway)




  16. Amazing report + images = 5-star report
    Many thanks for the effort + contributions.

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