On the motorbike riding the missing link in Nan province

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand

In November 2021 it was finally time for a 2 days riding trip and I had the chance to check-out the missing link between route 1083 and route 1243 in Nan province. This section is only 15 km and in between is a very small and remote village Ban Huai Lao. Must be said I tried this section once from the north (from route 1243) and the first 500m was a dirt road. So this time I approached the missing link from the south from route 1083 and the first 2 km is bit narrow but nice asfalt road, winding between the forest. Then the road surface changes to gravel, but still mostly easy to ride. And no steep parts. This goes on for about 5 km and then it changes to cement surface. This is of course just before the village. Riding thru the village I find it amazing that people are living here. There even is a school! A few old wooden houses with huge wooden pillars. So I did ride thru the village and about 100m after a village is a small river and this river (this small river ends in the Nan River at Kaeng Luang) should be crossed with a bridge. But the bridge collapsed and by the look of it that happend few years ago. Well that explains why there is no “road” north of the village! Yes you can bypass the the bridge thru the river, but riding a Kawasaki Z250 and riding alone I decided against that idea. Also because it very well could be that the last 6 km to route 1243 would be a dirt track. So I did made a u-turn and did ride back to Na Noi. So that made it a 42 km side trip from Na Noi! Mind you was actually on the way home to Pua and from the bridge it is only 70 km to Mae Charim.

As of the collapsed bridge, it is only 6 km from more or less civilisation for the people from the village. You see also that the electricity is coming from the north side as the south side leads to nothing, nothing and after 42 km to Na Noi. This trip was part of Riding around Khun Sathan National Park and Taking the long way home from Na Noi to Pua,

Following are a few photo's I made along the way and as last as usual a map with the route that I did ride.

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
A collapsed bridge in the missing link

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
A collapsed bridge in the missing link

Motorbike Riding in Thailand
The missing link on Google Maps


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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!