On the motorbike from Nan to Tak (and back of course).
I love to wake-up early and start riding. So just before the end of the cool season I made a 5 days trip from Nan in North Thailand to Tak in West Thailand. I am not the kind of person to take photos of the stunning roads, so excuse me for not having that kind of photos. This trip started all with the idea that I wanted to ride route 1243 to Bo Bia. So following will be the route that I took and some photos I shot along the way. Photo above was taken while riding from Nam Pat to Sukhothai. In total with this motorbike trip I added 920km to my carbon tyre-print.
Day 1 Taking the long way home from Nan to Nam Pat via Bo Bia
I left about 6:30 and took route 101 to Nan town and from there to Wiang Sa where I had gasoline stop and checked my tyre pressure. From there I took route 1162 to Nam Muap where I took route 1243 to Ban Sali. That is also where the road became in a bit bad condition with many repaired patches with gravel on top. But halfway the road changes in a brand new road with lines and guard rails along. What a stunning road thru the mountains and partly on the edge of mountain tops. About 15km before Bo Bia the road becomes in less good condition again. The new part must be the part that was a few years back still a jungle-track.
I arrived about 14:00 in Nam Pat and had lunch at Nampad City Coffee (thanks Steve). I doubted to ride on to Sukhothai (only 140km to go) but decided against it and stayed in Nam Pat. That was a good idea. I found a wonderful brand new resort "Wang Nam Yen Hill Resort" and in the afternoon I explored Nam Pat.
The small town has a nice old part with wooden houses and a weekly WalkingStreet. At the east side of town is a small hill with of course a temple. You can walk up taking the long stairway to heaven. But you can also ride around the hill and enter from the backside. The latter is what I did.
|Temple on the hill|
Day 2 From Nam Pat to Sukhothai with some stops along the way
Day 3 Sightseeing Sukhothai
I decided to stay an extra day to meet some other friends so I explored the area of Sukhothai Historical Park. Most people go to the heart of the Historical Park but actually it is much bigger and there are still many old temples where you can enjoy the all area for yourself. Have a look on the west side of the Historical Park, after the city walls.
Day 4 A short ride from Sukhothai to Tak and a side tour
Well when I came back my friend had also arrived at the hotel and we had lunch together along the small lake in town. In the evening we enjoyed the evening market near the river.
|Not our motorbikes|
Day 5 A long trip home from Tak to Nan
So I took route 1 in direction of Chiang Mai. But after 100km (at Thoen) I took a right to route 1124 to Wang Chin. And from there route 1023 to Long and Phrae. From Phrae route 101 to Nan town.
In the meanwhile it had become bloody hot so the last 150km I did stop 3 times for drink & rest. Coming home I needed more water, water and water.