On the motorbike making a Bo Klua to Huai Kon loop in Nan province
Yesterday I made a day-trip with my Kawasaki Z250 motorbike from Pua via route 1256 to Bo Klua. And after a side-trip to Ban Sapang via route 1081 to Huai Kon (international border Thailand-Laos) and then via route 101 back to Thung Chang, Chiang Klang and home sweet home Pua. Of course I started early, well actually a bit late. I left home at about 6:30am but first had to go to the PTT gasoline station for gasoline and checking the air-pressure of my tyres. So I think it was by 7:00am that I really hit the road to Bo Klua. This loop is only 200 km but full of curves and some not so smooth road surface. Along the way I had breakfast & lunch, so I was home by 14:00. Although I have done this loop already a few times and route 1256 to Bo Klua about 20 times .... it is still a stunning route to ride. Following are some photos I did shoot and last but not least a screen-shot of the route I did ride. Or click HERE to see the route on Google Maps. For more information about Nan province have a look at Destination Travel Guide Nan, Thailand.
Route 1256 from Pua to Bo Klua is all surfaced and mostly in reasonable good condition, although some parts have not smooth road surface and even some pot holes. You go from about 250m high to the highest point of 1715m high, so many curves and some a bit steep parts. You will be passing a local jungle-market where hill-tribe people selling their vegetables and herbs. You will also be passing the HQ of Doi Phu Kha National Park, a first viewpoint (good for sunset), Chomphu Kha Shrine with the famous Chomphu Kha tree, a second viewpoint (good for sunrise). Bo Klua itself is famous for its ancient salt pits.
Route 1081 from Bo Klua to Huai Kon is a mix of a bit shitty road to brand new race track road. The road follows a valley and goes up in to the mountains also. You will be passing the origin of the Nan River, some hill-tribe villages. Huai Kon itself is the international border crossing between Thailand and Laos, from where you can go to Luang Prabang. In Huai Kon is also a military museum about the war between the Thai government and the Communist people in Thailand.
Route 101 from Huai Kon to Pua is a good surfaced road and big parts of it are a brand new racing track. The first 15 km are still in the mountains with nice curves but after that it is for me personally a bit boring road to ride. First 7-11 and restaurants are in Thung Chang.
|View over the rice fields in Pua, North Thailand|
|Viewpoint 1715 along route 1256 in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Hill-tribes selling food at viewpoint 1715 in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Sunrise over Bo Klua in North Thailand|
|Overlooking Ban Sapan in Bo Klua, North Thailand|
|Route 1081 to Huai Kon in North Thailand|
|Route of Pua, Bo Klua, Huai Kon Loop in Nan province, North Thailand|