In December 2021 I made a motorbike trip from Pua to and around the Queen Sirikit Lake. This is the second day riding from Phrae to Nam Pat and a total of 200 km with some side-trips. This part was actually the main reason to make this motorbike trip. I wanted to ride route 1022 & route 1163. So I did wake-up while it was still dark and did ride few km to the village Ban Cho Chae for a hot choc & a snack. When I started to ride it started to get light but being on the shadow side of the mountains it was still dark and bloody cold. But the first 12 km to the Choen Thong Waterfall is a good road. Actually a very nice area as the road is following a small river with many rapids. Along the river are restaurants & some (older) resorts. A great place for a lunch or a drink. After the waterfall the road gets smaller and smaller. And after about another 6 km the road changes into a dirt road with at some place slippery clay and mud tracks. This goes on for about 35 km before it changes back to a good paved road. This all part is at about 800m above sea-level thru the jungle of what I think is a kind of National Park. As you will be passing a park ranger station, from where you have great view. Along the road you are also passing a kind of camping site, mind you again besides water and solar lights there is is nothing as stunning view. Well and some hungry dogs, so there must be a village nearby. This is where I had breakfast with a stunning sunrise view over the mountains. Along the road at the border of Phrae and Uttaradit province you will be passing a shrine at Phu Phaya Pho. From here you have a beautiful view over the mountains. This all dirt trail part of 35 km I did not see anyone, no houses, nothing. I do hope they will never upgrade this road.
Where the road changed back to a paved road is probably where route 1022 becomes route 1163. A bit after this is a village Ban Nam Phra (or Nang Phaya) from where goes a small road down to the Queen Sirikit lake, here is a small kind of landing place for boats from where the local people go fishing on the lake.
Route 1163 then continues in direction of Tha Pla and you will be passing the Huai Ree Reservoir, where along the lake is a long (maybe 1 km) Huai Ree Sky Walk and a Coffee Shop that is also serving food. So I enjoyed my early lunch here all alone overlooking the reservoir. Well that was until 2 cars with families arrived and they did sit about 10m from me all loudly talking and making selfies.
Route 1163 goes into Tha Pla from where I did ride to a kind of sand dunes in the Queen Sirikit Lake, a weird moon like area with some restaurants. Then I continued to a viewpoint along the Queen Sirikit Lake. Here is of course also restaurant and nice sala's to sit & relax. From Tha Pla I took route 1045, 1146 and 117 to Nam Pat where I did stay overnight at Wang Nam Yen Hill Hotel. Basically all hotels are motorbike friendly but this are the hotels where I did stay when making a motorbike trip : Motorbike Friendly Accommodation.
Road condition :
- Route 1022 is mostly paved but about 35 km is dirt road but not steep parts.
- Route 1163 is paved road and mostly in good condition.
- Route 1045, 1146 and 117 are all in good condition.
|Route 1022 as small but paved mountain road|
|Route 1022 as small and not paved mountain road|
|Time for a sunrise breakfast|
|The idea for a camping sit|
|Dog waiting for more breakfast|
|Great place for breakfast along route 1022|
|Route 1022 at Phu Phaya Pho Shrine|
|View at Phu Phaya Pho Shrine|
|Phu Phaya Pho Shrine|
|View at park ranger station|
|Route 1022 at park ranger station|
|Queen Sirikit Lake at Ban Nam Phra|
|Sky Walk at Huai Ree Reservoir|
|Moonlike landscape at Queen Sirikit Lake|
|View over Queen Sirikit Lake|
|Route 1022 from Phrae|
|Route 1163 and then to Nam Pat|