Last week I made another one day trip from Pua to Bo Klua (route 1256), passing Ban Sapan going to Phu Phayak, Huai Kon (route 1081) and then back via Thung Chang and Chiang Klang (route 101). For the route have a look at the photo all the way down. For more information about Nan province see Destination Travel Guide Nan. And thanks to Guru Maps (works off-line) I have some statistics.
Total distance : 245 km (incl 2 side trips)
Total time : 8 hours (incl. 2 hours idle)
Average speed : 41 km/h
Highest point : 1.658m (View point 1715)
Lowest point : 217m (that is lower as the valley of Pua)
It was a beautiful but exhausting trip, riding about 200 km long in mountains with curve after curve is a bit too much for me. And the last 50 km are a bit boring (and bloody hot). Route 1081 from Ban Sapan to Phu Phayak has stunning beautiful scenery. Highly recommended rout in Nan province!
So from Pua first route 1256 to Bo Klua what brings you at Viewpoint 1715 where today was still a point but no view due to the clouds. Also be aware that currently (June 2021) Viewpoint 1715, Viewpoint Lan Du Dao and Doi Phu Kha National Park are all closed. From Bo Klua I took route 1081 to Huai Kon and passing Ban Sapan what is currently still closed for outsiders. At Ban Wen I made a side trip to the rice fields and had breakfast in a sala.
Along the route 1081 I made another side trip and took Soi 1307 to Phu Phayak. The 17 km road to the village is now almost all brand new, that includes the gravel on the new tarmac. The small roads in the village did deteriorated so I did abandoned my plan to go to Mount 308.
Back on route 1081 I continued to Huai Kon where the road changes into route 101 to Thung Chang and Chiang Klang. Most of this part is brand new road and a big part of it is now 4 lanes. That did not stop to muppets on a scooter to ride slowly on the middle of the road and enjoy their snack they did just bought. Made a drink stop at the 7-11 in Thung Chang. And then blasted home to Pua. Following are some photos I took of the beautiful scenery in the valley of the Nan River and Wa River along route 1256.
There was only 1 awkward moment, when I made a small side trip at Ban Wen. While riding on route 1081 I had seen the Nan River and paralel a small road with a few houses. So I did enter Ban Wen, crossed the Nan River and did find the small road. After the concrete it became a dirt road. And that dirt road was coming closer to the Nan River. But I also remembered that I had not seen a bridge, so I did ride slowly. Suddenly the road did go a bit down and luckily I stopped to see how the road continued. Because 30m further the dirt road did go 3m down into a river (too small to be the Nan River I think). And after the river another 2m up again. No way I would do that with my bike! So I made a u-turn.
|Route 1256 in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Safety First at route 1256 in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Ban Sapan still closed in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Sweeping route 1081 in Nan province, North Thailand|
|End of the road at Ban Wen in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Road construction at route 1081 in Nan province, North Thailand|
|A bridge too far in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Steep road to nowhere in Nan province, North Thailand|
|The Nan River along route 1081 in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Route 1307 to Phu Phayak in Nan province, North Thailand|
|Phu Phayak in Nan province, North Thailand|