Reposting a motorbike trip report of 2013. Flat distance 185-km with an max. altitude of 946m. Oops I did it again ... Mark and I talked each other into making a motorbike trip. We started a bit late but our first stop Loei is only 200 km from Khon Kaen. We would meet each other at the "King Hotel" in Loei. I took again route 12 in direction of Chumpae and Lom Sak. The first 100 km is a very straight boring road, but about 30 km after Chumpae the route goes into the the mountains of "Nam Nao National Park". It is a bit hazy & dry, and there are small bush fires everywhere. But this a very nice twisty part of the route and worth the way around going to Loei. For more motorbike trip reports in Thailand see MOTORBIKE TRIP REPORTS.
|Going to Dan Sai, North-East Thailand|
At Num Chun I took a right hand turn to Lom Sak to follow route 203 (21) in direction of Dan Sai and Loei. At the exit signs of Dan Sai I took a left hand turn to Dan Sai and followed route 2014. Dan Sai is famous for its ghost-masks and the yearly celebration of Phi Ta Khon Festival. Route 2014 to Dan Sai is a nice twisty route with nice views if it would not have been so hazy because of all the bush fires. At one point there was a real big fire going on and I got dirt in my eyes (even when wearing a full-face helmet!). So I stopped and took of my helmet. And now I heard the big fire, still about 1 km away! The burning of bamboo sounds like firework!
I continued the road to Dan Sai and stopped at what should have been a view point (but not with all the haze & smoke). After Dan Sai I took route 2013 in direction of Phue Ruea to merge again with route 203 in direction of Loei. Phue Ruea is a beautiful area where there are a lot of flower plantations. At Phue Ruea is also a high mountain (National Park) where a road goes all the way to the top. From here you have a beautiful view over the valley of Loei. There also is a camping ground to stay overnight so you can be there to watch the sunset and the next day sunrise.
|Ghost in Dan Sai - Thailand|