On the motorbike from Pua to Ban Chan Charoen

Motorbike Riding in North Thailand


As begin February 2021 it is still nice cool weather in the morning I made a half day trip from Pua to Ban San Charoen, a small Mien village in a valley of the mountains bordering Nan and Phayao province. From Pua first route 101 in direction of Tha Wang Pha and then the short-cut to route 1148. After about 15km there are signs to the left for a hot-spring. Keep following that road and halfway there is a small road going to the right. From there it goes sometimes steep down and the road is not very good. The village is a dead end, at least for road bikes. There seems to be dirt track going over the mountains to Phayao province. So I did ride back to the place where I went to the right and continued to the village where are the hot-springs. Mind you this was once intended to become a tourist attraction but now it is an overgrown park. Google Maps did show that this road actually continues and goes in a loop back to route 1148. But not for road bikes, a bit after the village the road turns into a steep dirt track. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan.

My trip ended a bit problematic, when I was about 7 km from Pua I felt something weird when using the clutch. So I stopped to have a look and saw that the top-end of the clutch cable was damaged. So I used it again and there did go the last 2 threads off the cable. No more clutch anymore. Starting to ride without clutch was a bit tricky, riding and shifting is easy. I was a bit afraid of stopping without clutch but also that went fine. Luckily I was passing a good repair shop in Pua so I did ride in and the problem was at least temporarily fixed. Not sure if I need to replace the cable. 

Motorbike Riding in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in North Thailand


Motorbike Riding in North Thailand