On the motorbike from Pua to Song Kwae
Following is a motorbike trip report from October 2020, riding from Pua (Nan province) to Song Kwae, and back of course as I am living in Pua. For more motorbike trip reports see Motorbike Trip Reports.
This morning I made a small motorbike riding loop from Pua to Song Kwae, and back of course. I did wake up with the sound of the temple bells and got dressed up for motorbike riding. When walking in the garden to open the gate I did notice that it was actually a bit raining. Well never mind, let's hit the road. My trips more or less always start at the PTT Gasoline station in Pua, from there I took route 101 to Chiang Klang. And in Chiang Klang I took route 1097 to Song Kwae, once in the mountains there was no rain anymore but it was cold! Luckily I was wearing my leather motorbike jacket, gloves and motorbike boots. Route 1097 passes a small mountain range with the highest point of 750m above sea-level, actually 2 times. You are also passing Tat Man Waterfall and 2 Hmong villages. Route 1097 ends at route 1148 and to get to Song Kwae you will have to ride 4 km north. In Song Kwae are some shops, even a coffee shop. But in the very early morning that was still closed. So I had a Ham & Cheese sandwich croissant at the 7-11, unfortunately they do not sell hot choco because due to the cold weather I would have loved that. After a snack I did ride back via route 1148 to Tha Wang Pha. You will be again passing a few Hmong villages and a few km before Tha Wang Pha I to a left as a short-cut in direction of Pua. This route ends up at route 101 again, then it is just 10km back to Pua. It was a nice short ride but to clouded for nice sunset photos. The photo above is made from the short-cut to Pua, just before crossing the Nan River. Photo below was made along route 1097. And as last a photo of the route I did ride. Nan province is a great province of Thailand for motorbike riding.
Incidentally, as you might have noticed we are living in the valley of Pua in Nan province, between the rice fields and with stunning view over the mountains of Doi Phu Kha. And we did build a bungalow in our 1 rai garden, that we rent out as holiday bungalow. If you are riding in Nan province, Pua is a great place to stay overnight as base to explore the northern part of Nan province. Have a look at Non Na Pua Homestay or at our Facebook page Non Na Pua. You will also find us at Booking and Agoda but you can book us best directly via Messenger, Line or mobile. And for motorbike riders or readers of my travelblog we have a special discount rate.