Reposting from 2016. After a simple breakfast at our hotel in Nan we left for a day-trip loop north of Nan. First we took route 1080 in northern direction to Pua. The first part is a nice twisty road but the last 20 km up-to Pua are a bit straight and boring. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan.
About here the road changes into route 1081 in direction of Bo Kluea (and Phu Fa). This is an amazing beautiful road on top of a ridge overlooking great valleys. And at this time of the year it was like riding at autumn in Europe with beautiful trees and views. There were about 2 hick-ups when there was some road construction going on but for the rest it was a brand new fantastic road. At one point there is a road going to the right to Phu Fa (route 1257). I took this road as a short side-track and came back again to route 1081 after a u-turn. This route 1257 is not in such a good condition as route 1081 but looking on Google Earth it is a promising track for our next trip.
Bo Kluea is Thai famous for its "one and only water-well / mountain salt pit". When you are entering Bo Kluea take the south entrance of the village and then the salt pit is at your right hand side after about 100 meter. It is small and a tourist attraction. After another 50 meter is a very nice Coffee Shop. After Bo Kluea we took route 1256 back to Nan. This is a very beautiful route that more or less goes thru or along the huge "Phu Kha National Park" with many stunning views (again if it would not have been so hazy because of the bush fires). We even made a side-trip into the National Park (entrance fee of 20 thb pp and 40 thb per motorbike). But that was a bit waste of our time and money, although there are very nice bungalows on top of the mountain. Route 1256 ends up at Pua again and from there we took route 1080 back to Nan again.
|Coffee shop in Bo Klua, Thailand|
|Temple at Ban Rong Ngae|