On the motorbike from Nam Pat to Pak Nai and Pua

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand

In December 2021 I made a motorbike trip from Pua to and around the Queen Sirikit Lake. This is the third day riding from Nam Pat back to Pua and crossing the Queen Sirikit Lake, with a total of 244 km. The day before I did ride from Phrae to Nam Pat and I did again wake-up very early and went first to the PTT Gasoline station for a hot choco & croissant. My petit dejeuner in Thailand. But as it was still dark I did wait a bit and was surprised to see that there are people sleeping in their car at the PTT Gasoline station. So when I started to see some light at the horizon I took route 1339 to Pak Nai, where the ferry crossing the Queen Sirikit Lake is. Well actually the ferry is crossing the Nan River. It is about 55 km riding from Nam Pat to the ferry and I did ride slow and enjoyed the sunrise over the rice-fields. Later in the mountains it was a bit cold in the shadow & wind. When I arrived at my destination of the ferry I thought "WTF ... is this the right location?". I did not see anybody or anything. And sure not a ferry. But well there was a nice warm sun and I still had something to eat & drink. So I walked around and saw that 10m lower is the ferry landing place and a floating restaurant. I had a chat with the restaurant owner and he told me that the ferry would be leaving from the other side at 8:00am and indeed at 8:15am the ferry arrived. Together with 2 cars I boarded the ferry. Well ferry is a big word for 2 home-made hulls, connected with a home-made frame and covered with thin steel deck. But never mind there were life-jackets. I paid 150 baht because I am riding a small bike. Cars pay 300 baht. At 8:45 I was at the viewpoint on the other side from where I took route 1026 to Na Noi and Wiang Sa. From there I took route 4020 to route 1243 and Mae Charim and route 1225 to Santisuk. From there again route 1169 and 1081 to home sweet home Pua.

Basically all hotels are motorbike friendly but this are the hotels where I did stay when making a motorbike trip : Motorbike Friendly Accommodation.

As of the roll-on & roll-off at the ferry, this of course depends on the water-level of the lake. At the Uttaradit side it was all gravel / sand road leading to the ferry landing. Just before the ramp of the ferry was a small ditch, but it was big for my front wheel. So riding in I was for a short moment in a very steep position. Luckily the boats-man did hold my motorbike at the rear. At the Nan side it was a smooth roll-off  with first 20m sand / dirt and then a cement road all the way up. Click on the label Sirikit Lake to see all postings about the Queen Sirikit Lake.

Road condition :
  • All roads I took this day were paved and good condition varying from brand new 4 lanes to local road with some pot-holes.
Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
All alone in Pak Nai

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
Hello, anyone home?

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
The ferry arrives

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
Ferry prices

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
On the ferry

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
The captain 

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
Arriving in Pak Nai

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
Route 1026 to to Na Noi and Wiang Sa

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling 2 Thailand
Route from Nam Pat to Pua


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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!