Chiang Rai Ride Reports

Depends on the direction the impact comes from. If it comes from a hit nearly straight up your spine then probably not, but if at more of an angle (that tends to happen when tumbling off a bike at speed) it can help. Got the marks on my armour to prove it.



(These marks were made coming off after hitting spilt diesel on the road riding back from Mae Hong Son a few years ago.)

I've also got hip padding in my shorts (they're zip-off shorts from Fox over-boot trousers).


Not the best quality stuff but it all helps... (Always make sure to have some Ibuprofen in your first-aid kit too as it's an anti-inflam' as well as a pain killer.)

If you can't move well enough after an off when you're out in isolated places then you've got problems - potentially v. serious problems if you're on your own...
Doi Chaang loop today with Gerard visiting the area , good ride , thunder and clowds around the mountain but no rain

start behind Singha farm and up the rock climb @ khun korn , not dry like last time , more slippery

Look's nicely graded now, did you cross on Chris's favourite swing bridge Ronny ?
no not crossed the bridge Bob , just watched the locals

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Thanks for showing me round Ron, awesome trail knowledge!
Old XR still gets the job done.


Afternoon ride out to Ban Cha? today after the rain nice and cool but a bit slippery.
Love the Chiang Rai area, i shall return.
Water pump weeping again. Caught it early and topped it off all the way back to CR, runs fine.
Will readup soon and see if I can block the weep hole and limp back to CM or truck it.
Been a while since i've got some mud on my boot's being busy with other projects, so a window in the weather had myself Ronny and Jim take a quick run up Doi Bo and for me to get the cobweb's out. Here are some of the pictures and videos we shot of the day.



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Clip 3 from the ride.

I'll put all that up when I've edited it. Too much pointless stuff... Here's a pic of it all:

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(Phrao is down around where the Google mark is - tracks already mapped to get over there. See the Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai border line - there's tracks roughly following that down to the 118 close to CM already mapped too.)

Love your work her, good stuff. Thanx :cool:
You Tube finally allowed me to upload this from a few weeks ago.

Doi Boo Loop

Great ride out today several local riders showing up for a very cool dry day's riding and a good opportunity for me to try out the CRM AR 250 after PGMI repair by Two Stroke Racelab

As your can see the ride was pretty elevated.

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The route

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Lovely crisp but dusty start to the day.

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Beautiful wooded section near the Royal Projects

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Jim & Ronny


Deserted Christian church looks like it is no longer in use and surprised nobody has tried to dismantle it for it timberwork.

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Seen this structure several times before but not sure of its significance.


Down to more level ground and the Kok river comes in view.

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Sad to see the burning season is starting early this year.


Some of the kid's at the local village shop.

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Messers Darryl & Ronny enjoying a post ride chat.

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On the way back home stopped off at the point i came to grief earlier in the year breaking my wrist, still no warning signs apart from a notice about rubbish tipping.

North Kok to Doi Hang Via Khun Korn

Decided to take San my Thai friend out for a nice looping ride along the Kok river to the Doi Mae Salong check point and loop back towards Khun Korn waterfall and on to Doi Hang to complete the loop while the visibility was still reasonable.

Sorry about the poor pictures my camera is in the doctors so using my trusty old Olympus.

The planned route.

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As dry as it get's at the moment

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Pretty poor viz, locals making a good luck or spirit house

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Found a little water for San to splash around in.

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Lot's of burning starting right now.

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A little detour around the tourist village for San to cool off.

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Me trying for a not so perfect shot.

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Heading back to the Singha farm


Me composing myself after vaulting over the handlebars.


Cute Lahu kid's


San getting a selfie to prove he was there.


DRy as can be.

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Almost dry riverbed full of garbage at the Lahu village


Heading towards Khun Korn

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Approaching Doi Hang

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So far touch wood it's been working fine definitely recommend his service before forking out for a new one.
Chiang Rai 1/2 Day Ride With Some Fun Bit's Thrown In

Great mornings ride (only 70km) starting at the Singha farm and heading over towards and along the Kok river, this was our intended route.

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A slight detour had us on this trail, but with the amount of bamboo leaves around probably a wise move GPX at bottom of post.

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Anyway's started with a nice easy ride around the Singha farm to the tourist village after which it was a climb up the concrete road to the easily missed trail head.

Turn off for the bamboo trail next to the christian cemetery


Charming friendly lady


Start of the trail is pretty rocky, would be fun in the rainy season.

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Bamboo leaves everywhere

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Nice shaded section was welcome

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Nice stopping point, would make a great camping spot with fresh water on tap.

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Views being spoilt by the oncoming smoke

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We finally reached the sealed road that leads to the Akha Hill GH, Ronny had an idea to ride through it, i had no idea there was a track past this point (not on the NT map)


Even the mighty KTM got caught on this sharp uphill.

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Lovely section of trail, with some interesting sections.

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Singha Park looping ride

Nice ride today before the rainy season kicks in with Craig bkk , Sergio myself and Jim, hope you guy's enjoyed the ride.

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good ride the day after this one as well..great to see u again mate,and the others too! look forward to meet up again


Pleased you enjoyed the rides, we got very lucky with the weather and your tyres stood up very well in the conditions.
A quick radiator fix with the XR mechanic in Chiang Rai

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Sergio was a bit worried about his tires, not really suited to the wet clay we might encounter.

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Looked like it might be just the moisture rising from the previous days's rain

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But I was wrong it bucketed it down

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An hour later we could move on

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Even the concrete in the villages was like ice

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All looks a bit different out there with some rain and things growing - A few wrong turns to start off with

Up to Doi Chiang for some cool air

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A strange sour smell in the air turned out to be coffee

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Doi Chiang is famous for its coffee - The HQ

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There's a classy coffee shop there of course

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With a top shelf coffee machine

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Back down the mountain, Mr Sneds felt a bit wobbly on the tarmac -- thought it was a flat but was running 7 PSI, thsnk God for rim locks

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Back down onto the trails, everything a bit wet now

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Sergio on a rocky section

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Views over the Kok River were stunning

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Starting to dry out in the sunny sections

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Craig in a river crossing

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A bit muddy and rutted going down

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Back to some tarmac in a village

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A ride across the Aleaja Bridge, donated by the Embassy of Japan and newly renovated by Singha

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Then to Ban Lom Jen for a late lunch - They have Beer Lao (light and dark)

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All super hungry, we gave the new Hungry Wolfs a try in Chiang Rai town.

More on Hungry Wolfs in the link below:

Lots of food, we were all stuffed

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Then back to the Red Rose (short time finished)

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We checked out one of their 2 story rooms - Will have to try one next time

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haha ! this red sh"t was like gel ! Michelin Sirac definetly not mud tires!! been spinning and drifting all day,had fun, however at this point dropped :lost

Real slippy here, Segio's road tires - 1 minute 30 seconds

Next day a loop more north planned after following the Kok river for while

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The beautiful Kok River

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Terraced rice fields

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Steve taking in the views

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Kok River

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Longtails on the Kok that traverse from Chiang Rai through to Tha Ton

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