In my serie over Highways in Thailand route 101 is partly a provincial road and partly a major highway that is part of the Asian Highway 13. Route 101 begins in Kamphaeng Phet and goes 496 km all the way north passing Sukhothai, Den Chai, Phrae, Wiang Sa, Nan, Pua, Thung Chang and finally Huai Kon in Nan province along the Thai-Lao border. For an overview of the route have a look at Google Maps.
Although route 101 has some different names it seems that from Den Chai until Nan town route 101 is called Yantarakit Koson Road. Route 101 nowadays begins at the Nakhon Chum intersection at route 1 in Kamphaeng Phet, but you can imagine that the route that is now called 101 in the old days actually was longer. At Kamphaeng Phet you will find Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park that is just like Sukhothai Historical Park and Si Satchanalai Historical Park a historical city with remains of the 13th- to 14th-century royal capital cities with a palace & many temples. Following route 101 you will be passing them all 3. And at the beginning of route 101 you will be passing the Old Fortifications of Thung Setthi (Millionaires Field) also from the Sukhothai period. And you will be crossing the Ping River.
From Kamphaeng Phet following route 101 you will be passing the new city of Sukhothai, while the Historical City Sukhothai is about 15 km west. Then following route 101 you will first be crossing the Yom River and then be going along the Yom River and bypassing Sawankhalok where is a nice old railway station. Keep on following route 101 along the Yom River you will passing Si Satchanalai Historical Park at a few km west of route 101.
The route 101 starts to go a bit more east and enters what we now call route 11 at Den Chai. Route 101 goes straight thru Den Chai and passing Den Chai railway station. After Den Chai route 101 goes straight thru Phrae, where you will find many beautiful colonial style teak-wooden houses. Of course there is also a bypass road, what is called route 129. Route 101 continues north until Rong Kwang and then starts to go into the mountains. Just north of Rong Kwang you will be passing a nice cave called Tham Pha Nang Noi.
Route 101 goes thru the mountains until Wiang Sa where you enter the Nan River valley. From Wiang Sa route 101 goes straight thru Nan town and you will be passing the famous Wat Phumin and Nan National Museum. From Nan town route 101 goes north where you will be passing the Nan River just before Tha Wang Pha. Continue following route 101 north to Pua (from where you can go to Doi Phu Kha National Park), Chiang Klang and Thung Chang. About 20 km after Thung Chang route 101 goes into the mountains again to Huai Kon where route 101 ends at the intersection to the Thai-Lao border. The road continues to the left as Asian Highway 13 to the Thai-Lao border and the road continues straight to the real village Huai Kon as route 1081 to Bo Klua.
Following are some photo's from places you will be passing when following route 101.
|Sukhothai Historical Park in Thailand|
|Si Satchanalai Historical Park in Thailand|
|Swanalok Railway Station in North Thailand|
|Den Chai Railway Station in North Thailand|
|Teak wooden house in Phrae, North Thailand|
|Pha Nang Koi Cave in North Thailand|
|Wat Phumin in Nan, North Thailand|
|Thai-Lao Border at Huai Kon, North Thailand|
|Route 101 in Thailand|