On the motorbike from Khon Kaen to Loei
I took again route 12 in direction of Chumpae and Lom Sak. The first 100 km is a very straight boring road, but about 30 km after Chumpae the route goes into the the mountains of "Nam Nao National Park". It is a bit hazy & dry, and there are small bush fires everywhere. This a very nice twisty part of the route and worth the way around going to Loei. For more motorbike trip reports in Thailand see MOTORBIKE TRIP REPORTS.
Route 2014 to Dan Sai is a nice twisty route with nice views if it would not have been so hazy because of all the bush fires. At one point there was a real big fire going on and I got dirt in my eyes (even when wearing a full-face helmet!). So I stopped and took of my helmet. And now I heard the big fire, still about 1 km away! The burning of bamboo sounds like firework!
I continued the road to Dan Sai and stopped at what should have been a view point (but not with all the haze & smoke). After Dan Sai I took route 2013 in direction of Phue Ruea to merge again with route 203 in direction of Loei.
Phue Ruea is a beautiful area where there are a lot of flower plantations. At Phue Ruea is also a high mountain (National Park) where a road goes all the way to the top. From here you have a beautiful view over the valley of Loei. There also is a camping ground to stay overnight so you can be there to watch the sunset and the next day sunrise.