On the motorbike making a small loop in North Thailand
It was time again to extend my Carbon tyre-print so I planned a short week for a small loop in North Thailand. The plan was (but failed a bit) to redo a trip I did last year but due to bad weather the trip last year was a bit foggy and wet. No rain this year but at some points (of course high in the mountains a big foggy). A small loop of total 1091km in 4 days. Following is a trip report with photos. For more Motorbike Trips reports click HERE.
Day 1 : From Tha Wang Pha to Mae Sai
I did stay overnight at Chour Palace Hotel what has private parking and good rooms. Good place to stay in Mae Sai! In front of the hotel was a road side food-stall selling good hamburgers! So I also had a bikers dinner.
I like Mae Sai and explored it a little bit. It is actually much bigger as I always thought and in the evening it becomes very busy when the main street in turned into a huge market. The little town is actually full of markets, shops, hotels and of course temples. Good vibes and colourful place in the evening.
Day 2 : From Mae Sai to Chiang MaiImm Thapae Hotel, for me an convenient t location, not expensive and they have private parking. A great day of 294km on the small mountains roads along the Thai-Myanmar border.
Chiang Mai? Well it is a big and busy city. Good place to do some shopping so I went to Chang Moto and Riders Care Shop. Both good shops selling helmets, jackets, etc., but did not buy anything. I also went to the Kawasaki dealer and had a look at the Kawasaki Z650 (2018 model). Nice bike but 283.000 Thai baht so I just bought a oil-filter for my Kawasaki Z250. In the evening I had dinner at Chez Marco Restaurant (highly recommended) at Loi Kroh road.
Day 3 : From Chiang Mai to Na NoiQuidee Hotel and also a good restaurant. Both highly recommended. This was another day of great zip-zag trip in mountains, villages and making another 368km!
Na Noi? At first it looks like a boring little village at a intersection of roads. But there are a few resorts, restaurants, coffee shops and luckily also 2 gasoline stations. A nice little town to explore the southern part of Nan province.
Day 4 : From Na Noi to Tha Wang Pha
The route up-to Doi Samer Dao is a nice road and the part from Na Noi to Wiang Sa is also nice twisty road between the mountains. But then route 101 from Wiang Sa to Nan and Tha Wang Pha is bloody boring.
Road constructions in North Thailand
There are road constructions almost everywhere, even on roads that were quite good. In my all route of 1091km I did not encounter any road construction that would make riding difficult (like it would be with mud and/or deep gravel). Some parts were unpleasant to ride and slowed me down.
- Route 103 (Phrae) has continuing road construction that will go on for at least 1 year.
- Route 101 between Phrae and Wiang Sa has continuing road construction that will go on for at least 1 year.
- Route 1252 has road construction that will probably be completely finished within 6 months.
- Route 101 between Nan and Chiang Klang has road construction on multiple places and that will go on for at least 1 year.