In December 2021 I made a motorbike trip from Pua to and around the Queen Sirikit Lake. For motorbike routes in Thailand have a look at Recommended Motorbike Routes. If you would like to make a guided or self-guided motorbike /scooter trip in North Thailand and need some help then send me a email at : Contact @ Traveling 2 Thailand.
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.
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.
|All alone in Pak Nai|
|Hello, anyone home?|
|The ferry arrives|
|On the ferry|
|Arriving in Pak Nai|
|Route 1026 to to Na Noi and Wiang Sa|