On the motorbike at Doi Chang in Chiang Rai

Motorbike Riding in Thailand

My destination for this small motorbike tour was Doi Chang, so after my Phu An Ma detour I did ride to route 1 south of Chiang Rai town and I did stay overnight along route 1. The next day when it was still dark I did ride to route 118 to take route 3037 to Doi Chang. But first I made a detour to the Mae Suai dam that creates the Mae Suai lake. From route 3037 I took side road to Doi Chang and had breakfast at a viewpoint. From Doi Chang I did go back to route 3037 via another small road. And then route 3037 to Ban Wa Wi where I did visit a tea house. The latter highly recommended! After a cup of tea and a lunch I did ride back via route 3037 and the first side road to Doi Chang again. From there I took the short-cut road to route 1211. Looking in the first map you will see a weird loop going around a lake. Actually you can bypass this loop and ride straight over the dam of the lake. But the road over the dam is under 10cm water. The all area of Doi Chang is stunning to ride if you are not in a hurry, full of small roads, villages, curves and forest. From route 1211 I took route 118 and route 1 to Phayao.

Crossing that dam caught me by surprise. Yes of course I knew that the short-cut was riding thru the river but I also knew I could bypass it. But suddenly you are in a steep curve to the point where the road goes into the river. So it took me less as 1 min to cross but that took me about 20min to check. I stopped and parked the bike. Due to the bit steep road no good place for me to u-turn. I saw a kid playing and sliding .... so I walked into the water to feel how slippery it was. Left side was slippery. Motorbike boots not water-proof. I watched a few car and scooters passing it easily..... so what the heck. And I did ride thru it. Must be said with this type of tyres you make a lot of water movement and a bit more of the motorbike did get wet. 

Wa Wi is a sub-district of Mae Suai in Chiang Rai province, North Thailand. There are many small villages like Ban Wa Wi, Ban Doi Lan and Ban Doi Chang. The people living in this area are mostly descendants from Chinese minorities. The area was long time ago famous for the poppy-fields (for opium) but thanks to Royal Projects this is changed to coffee & tea plantations.

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
Overlooking Mae Suai lake in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
Pit stop for breakfast before Doi Chang in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
Graves in the forest in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
Graves in the forest in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
Tea shop in Ban Wa Wi in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
Viewpoint in Doi Chang, North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
Doi Chang Viewpoint in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
Crossing the dam in Chiang Rai

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
From Ban Wa Wi to Chiang Rai in North Thailand

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
To Ban Wa Wi via Doi Chang in North Thailand

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One night in Bangkok and the world is your oyster

The journey of Traveling 2 Thailand did begin with One Night in Bangkok in 1985 and since 2009 it became a personal non-commercial travel blog as inspiration for traveling & motorbike riding in Thailand. Made just for the sheer love of traveling and sharing experience about traveling in South-East Asia. To travel beyond the beaten track & highlights. Enjoy!