On the motorbike from Khon Kaen to Mukdahan
|Mae Nam Phung|
We started early in the morning about 7 and it was nice cool weather. We took route #12 in direction of Kalasin and Som Det. Until there it is a bit boring road, but not much traffic and a good road so at least it does not take too long time. Just after Yang Talat we made a stop at Amazon Coffee shop at the PTT-gasoline station (at your RHS).
After Som Det the route numbers changes into #216 in direction of Sakhon Nakhon. But not only the route number changes, also the road changes from a boring straight road into a twisty mountain road. Going a bit higher and in the shadow sides it was even more as just cool, one could even call it cold! This stretch of about 30km is a very nice part and actually a pity we did not have a camera on the bikes to make a nice shoot of it. For more motorbike trip reports in Thailand see MOTORBIKE TRIP REPORTS
Once almost on top after passing the police box of Sang Kho we made a right turn to route #2330 to go in direction of Mukdahan. The road follows the Mae Nam Phung where at some point is a rock formation that looks like a turtle and along the river is a kind of beach. So we made a stop for my friends badly needed nicotine shot. We followed route #2330 until a T-intersection and took a right to route #2339. Here again a nice twisty road into small mountains and we passed a national park where we made a small side-track to a beautiful lake. We followed route #2339 until an Y-intersection and took a left turn to route #2287.
|Lake at national park|
We followed along the Mekhong all the way until Mukdahan and passing the "Friendship bridge" to Laos. Once in Mukdahan we checked in at "River Front Hotel" in a standard room for 750 Thai baht. All rooms have fridge, air-con, private bath-room with shower. And there is free Wifi and private & secure parking. Price is incl. Asian breakfast at the 6th floor overlooking the Mekhong river and Laos. A great hotel! Next to the hotel is also a nice coffee shop. To be followed up by part 2 "From Mukdahan back to Khon Kaen"