On the motorbike along the famous 1148 from Nan to Chiang Kham
Motorbike trip 2017. With the cool season starting any motorbike rider in Thailand will feel the urge to go riding. Now I have been riding a lot in North-Thailand already and I am always looking for new roads. So where to go? And how long? As I do not like planning I only did answer the first question when leaving home at 6:30 in the cool and foggy morning ..... first day to Chiang Kham via the famous route 1148. For more motorbike trip reports see Motorbike Trip Reports.
Day 1 from Tha Wang Pha to Chiang Kham
|Breakfast at Phu Lanka|
After late breakfast I did hit route 1148 again to Chiang Kham, but about 20km before Chiang Kham I made a detour with an side-track. It is actually route 4029 to a National Park but halfway there is a road to the left as route 1345 to Chiang Kham (although on the sign it reads Phayao). I followed route 4029 all the way to the closed National Park (but that did not stop me). A few km's before the entrance of the National Park there is a dirt road going to the right to a mountain top from where you have a stunning view over Laos. Route 4029 goes up-to about 1500m above sea-level! And it is mostly an almost brand new road leading nowhere. I love riding this kind of roads in the mountains!
So after the National Park I returned to the intersection with route 1345 and did ride to Chiang Kham where I arrived for a late lunch at Coffee Cafe on the north side of town. Behind this Coffee Shop & Restaurant is December 17, a nice pub & restaurant for in the evening. So I did find me a small and cheap resort (350 THB) within 500m of December 17 Pub & Restaurant.
After lunch I wanted to have my chain cleaned & lubricated so I went into town for a motorbike shop and found GreenWing ... great & friendly service! They did not only cleaned & lubricate the chain but also adjusted it and checked the tyres pressure. Costs? None, just free service. Of course I left a tip for the boys doing the work.
|Khao Soi at Coffee Cafe in Chiang Kham|
|Last remains of an old cinema in Chiang Kham|
Day 2 from Chiang Kham to Tha Wang Pha
After breakfast I took route 1155 and route 1021 back to Chiang Kham where I made a pit-stop at the PTT gasoline station for myself and the motorbike. Then I took a straight way back to Nan and stopping again at Phu Lankha. This time the Coffee Shop was open I enjoyed a good hot cacao, although it did still almost fly out my my cup. The area is a bit developing with on the other side now also a viewpoint and the construction of a new building. But still a very nice place to relax and enjoy the view. Nice people working there, sometimes you see an old Hmong lady walking around and making traditional Hmong cloths. While sitting there I decided to make a little detour at the last stretch so at Song Kwae I took route 1097 to Chiang Klang and then route 101 to Pua and Tha Wang Pha. It was a nice day riding again and I arrived home in the afternoon.
|Sun climbing over Phu Chi Fa in North Thailand|