Uttaradit To Nan Via Sirikit Dam. Another Must Do Ride.

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  1. Moto-Rex

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    Uttaradit to Nan via Sirikit dam.

    The way. 1045, 1146, 1047, 1339, 1026.

    In my opinion this is one of the best road rides in the North, and anyone planning a trip in Northern Thailand, should try and incorporate this road into their ride.

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    This is hwy 1045 that heads out of Uttaradit. Straight for a lot of the way, but there’s a section that goes for about 7 kilometres, with amazing bends that never end.
    Probably more suited for a big bike, but still good fun on the KLX.
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    The Nan river was looking a little dirty due to the heavy rain the further north as rode across the bridge.
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    The road south of the dam (1339) was in pretty good condition, quite a lot on new sections, along with the occasional dodgy bit, making it a ripper tight and twisty ride.

    All a board.
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    I really like crossing the Sirikit Dam.

    The small village has a laid back community feel, with people not in a hurry, and living without too much stress there lives.

    This engine had a wicked note that echoed across the dam.
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    Once over the dam it was on to hwy 1026, which these days is like new all the way to Nan.
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    Now lets see. Why was it I like riding up here? Oh Baby.
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    I know we probably all get a tired of temples,but this one in the small town of Ban Bo Kaeo is stunning, and worth a look.
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    Wat Ban Bo Kaeo. The work that went into this temple is amazing.
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    Another temple a little further which I’ve always liked.
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    Lunch time on the road. Mama noodles and a cup of coffee.
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    I didn’t take many photos of the road because I was having to much fun to stop.
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    There is very little traffic on hwy 1026, but as I got closer to Nan it became quite busy due a couple of big trucks, so I turned off taking the 3014 which took me to hwy 101.
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    The 3014 is like your own personal go kart track, narrow, tight and twisty, and I didn’t see one car. (I did see two snakes)
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    I arrived in Nan and grabbed a hotel after riding around town lost for 40 minutes.

    I can’t remember the name of the hotel but each room came with a pink teddy bear.
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    After cleaning up I meet up with Ben and had a few beers by the Nan River at the Sanian, a restaurant that ill give a miss next time in Nan. After a feed and a Leo or two, it was back to the hotel which took another 40 minutes to find. I seem to be constantly lost in Nan.

    Great day out on the bike.


    Uttaradit and Nan hotel and restaurant recommendations here,

    GT-Rider Recommended Spots - Northern Thailand

    Cheers Moto-Rex
     
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  2. highonthai

    highonthai Displaced desert racer

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    Thanks, looks like a great ride.
    From Nan where did you go?
     
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    The pink hotel: Wiangphumin Hotel

    The Sanian Restaurant was ok from the perspective of "sundown beers" but a bit light on PG's & service - and live music would be a good thing. An English language menu with a few more conventional items on it would also help. There are probably better places, but finding them is the trick...

    To me, Nan is a bit like the classic "mystery wrapped in an enigma" - and it's a bit of a challenge to navigate! Staying in town for a week would be the answer, wandering around and exploring to see what's hot and what's not.
     
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    Oh man R3014 that looks good - a new one to check out. Gorgeous.
     
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    Nice report mate. Cheers.
     
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    Rex
    Looks great nice photos . I have ridden some of it but will try to do the rest when I get back later this month I hope to catch up then
    Safe riding
    Paul
     
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    Thank you for the great post Rex. Your words and pics are very much appreciated here in Oz as I sit here and await my next ride in Thailand.
     

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