On the motorbike making a 3 days tour

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Begin December 2021 I made a 3 days motorbike trip in North Thailand. As usual starting in Pua (Nan province, North Thailand) and without a real plan or route. But first route 101 to Chiang Klang and route 1097 naar Song Kwae, where I as usual had a hot choco at the 7-11. Then route 1148 to Phu Langkha. Wow what that area has changed in the past years! 6 years ago there was only 1 coffee shop en 1 hotel. Now there are at least 5 coffee shops and 10 hotels. When you see paradise, kiss it goodbye! Passing Magic Mountain my thoughts went to a fellow rider who was killed in an accident. Youssef your smile & kindness will always be remembered.

About 5 km after Phu Lankha goes a small & steep road up to a Royal farming project. The HQ is located on the ridge of the mountain and there are nice brand new bungalows for rent (500 baht per night). From there you have a stunning view over the valley with route 1148. 

I continued in direction of Chiang Kham but took 4029 and 1345 and revisited Phu An Ma. If you like sight seeing then this is highly recommended. This time I did even walk up to the summit, really stunning with 360° view at 1.658m high. Actually a great place for camping. Be aware that that the last 10km are small and sometimes steep.

From Phu An Ma I did ride back to route 1148 and took route 1092 to Pong and explored Pong bit. A weird town with many huge teak wooden houses. There must be a connection with the old teak trade and the Yom River in the valley of Pong. Also pre-corona Pong must have had an exciting nightlife with many type of restaurants that I saw. But along the main road are in the evening many small shops selling food. In Pong are banks, ATM's, gasoline stations, shops and a 7-11. And of course some hotels, I did stay over night at Inbhirom Resort right along route 1091. A great place to stay with big, brand new bungalows for only 450 baht. No restaurant but Pong is just 1 km away. Basically all hotels are motorbike friendly but this are the hotels where I did stay when making a motorbike trip : Motorbike Friendly Accommodation.

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Sea of clouds along route 1097

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand
View over route 1148

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand
At parking of Phu An Ma

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Summit of Phu An Ma at 1.658m high

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand
Route from Pua to Pong

The next day I took route 1091 to Chiang Muan what was a cold and foggy ride. The all valley of Pong was filled with clouds. At Chiang Muan is a PTT gasoline station with Amazon and 7-11 so I had a breakfast at Amazon with a hot choco, stroopwafle and some bread from the 7-11. From Chiang Muan I made a small side trip to a viewpoint along route 1091 from where you are just above the clouds. I love viewpoints! After that I did take route 1120 in direction of Song and Phrae. And then route 1154 to Mae Yom National Park. Be aware there are 2 parts of Mae Yom National Park. You will be first passing the 4 km road to Kaeng Sue Ten (rapids) in the Yom River. Then a bit later is a 10km road to May Yom forest. I did walk the short Nature Trail and walked up to Phu Eing Mok Cliff.  If you like a bit hiking and forest this is highly recommended! Be aware you will have to pay entrance fee for the National Park, I paid 20 baht entrance for myself and 20 baht for my motorbike. But officially the entrance fee for foreigners is 100 baht. From Mae Yom National Park I took route 1154 back to route 103 and then via all kind of back road to a Suan Glang Na Homestay near route 1024 in Phrae province.

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Viewpoint along route 1091

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Mae Yom National Park

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Nature trail in Mae Yom National Park

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand
Route from Pong to Phrae via Mae Yom National Park

The next day I actually had planned to ride around Sirikit Lake and take the ferry to Pak Nai and then home. But calculating the riding distance that would be a long long long day riding. So I skipped that and took route 1024, 1342, 1217 and 1216 (passing Khun Sathan National Park) to Na Noi and from there route 1026 to Wiang Sa and route 101 to Nan. From there via the mountains (route 1169) back to Pua.

The very early morning riding route 2024 was beautiful, you will be passing the Golden Rock Temple and halfway there is camping site. Stunning location in the middle of nowhere. If you like basic camping this place is highly recommended. 

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Camping site along route 1024

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand
Camping site along route 1024

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand
Lost in Phrae province

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand
Lunch stop at Ban Kiw Muang

Motorbike Riding Thailand by Traveling2Thailand
Route from Phrae to Pua via Na Noi and Santisuk


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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!