On the motorbike to my viewpoint along route 1148 in Nan province

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Photo above was made a viewpoint long Route 1148 in Nan province, North Thailand, while making a day-trip with my motorbike. The cool season of 2021 is beginning although in the afternoon it is still bloody hot. So I left early in the morning at 5:45am for a half day motorbike trip to my favourite viewpoint along route 1148. I just love to sit there, watch the mountains and have breakfast. Unfortunately  some tourist did disturb me, but after 5 min they buggered off after they realized that parking their car on a mountain road and in a curve is not a smart idea. In total it became a 150 km ride, first route 101 from Pua in direction of Tha Wang Pha, then a short-cut between route 101 and route 1148. And if it would not have been so foggy there would have been great view along this short-cut. Then route 1148 to Song Kwae, all the way in the clouds. So I needed a hot choco and the 7-11 in Song Kwae is serving that at 6:30 in the morning. And although it was already cool outside the air-con from 7-11's are always on full blast, so the girl behind the counter had a big warm blanket over her 7-11 uniform. After Song Kwae route 1148 becomes a roller coaster of curves and mountains. And once you get a bit higher you are above the clouds and have stunning views over a sea of clouds (Talay Mok). I stopped at the first Viewpoint. There is a sign for it but no maintenance at the viewpoint and actually not real parking. You have to walk up about 50m at an overgrown jungle path (actually steps). What a pity that  nobody sees the potential of this viewpoint. After a photo shoot I did ride 2 km further where is another great place to sit and watch the mountains and clouds. This is not an official viewpoint, so no parking and no walking path. Actually most of the area was overgrown by jungle. But more and more people start to make a stop here. I enjoyed my breakfast and the stunning view. After breakfast I did ride another few km to see the valley of Phu Lankha.... not clouds or fog at that side of the mountains. So I made a u-turn and did ride back. But at Ban Phu Lak I tried the find the the short-cut from Ban Pha Lak to route 1279. But Google is wrong, it is just a dirt track. So back to route 1148 and Song Kwae, from where I took route 1097 to Chiang Klang and then route 101 back to Pua. Route 1097 as short-cut between route 101 and route 1148 is stunning for curves and scenery! 

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Ban Song Kwae

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View along route 1148

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Route 1148

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Route 1148

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Sea of Clouds (Talay Mok)

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Sea of Clouds (Talay Mok)

Motorbike Riding Thailand
Sea of Clouds (Talay Mok)

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In the circle is Phu Lankha

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Map of route 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!