Off road Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Fang fairy lights & beyond

KTMphil

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The burning is well underway but not too much smoke around yet, the dirt trails north of Chiang Mai and nice and dry, near perfect conditions.


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Found a new Akha GF in the Fang Kareoke, new fashion of rice bag attire she was wearing too.


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KTMphil

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Off the hard top and onto the dirt, time to let some air out

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Headed north in the sticks, there's lots of ethnic villages that are hidden away


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Then off to have some fun


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This was very interesting, in the middle of nowhere, not near ANY paved road, an illegal immigrant catcher, im sure he s given many without a Thai ID a nasty shock. The drug trade/ Yabba pills is what they are trying to stamp out & he's there waiting for them.


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The KLX 220 running strong, no issues so far with carrying overnight gear and tools


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KTMphil

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You can get fuel in the Lisu village just north of R 1150 near Phrao before heading north


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Lovely shy, polite locals in this village


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Full of fuel out in the wilderness


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Then a real shock, what used to be a beautiful dirt track, bright white brand new concrete


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This will now make an amazing motard road, not all is lost


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More beautiful ethnic villages as we head north



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We're wondering how far this concrete will go north


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As we get further north only single lane


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Finally it stops and back on the dirt


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More villages pop up along the main trail



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...More to come
 

KTMphil

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Normally Akha & Lisu tribal regions is where you see where the missionaries introduced Christianity, here you can see gravestones with crosses

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Huge village in the middle of nowhere, with Jin (Chinese decent) & Akha ethnic tribes side by side


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The local store makes the school clothing


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The village areas are concreted to stop the dust, there's also concrete on steep inclines that lead to vegetable gardens


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There's some really beautiful poking around north of Phrao with some hidden gems of villages


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We kind of knew this would go nowhere but gave it a try anyway


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Another one of the Akha lady wearing the rice bag


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Then of north into the remoteness


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The trail/ now road towards Mae Suai is being graded and now concreted, it will make it real quick to get deep into some fun trails when finished


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You can see the preparation for the concrete to be laid to the left


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They always do one lane at a time to keep the road open


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In the dark this might catch you out'


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As you get east, closer to R 118 some finished sections


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Into Chiang Rai for the night and a real horror shocker, The Red Rose is shut


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Big festivals on in Chiang Rai, 6 hotels fully booked, we found rooms in the end


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KTMphil

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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2007 KTM 990 Adventure Suzuki DRZ 400

KTMphil

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Next day a fun route had been planned westwards from Chiang Rai to Fang

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Through the Singha Farm

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Sad to see lots of the trails in there now barring motorcycles


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Wasn't long before we were out in the beautiful countryside still very green everywhere here


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This has to be one of the best off road riding areas in Thailand because of the range of trails and amazing scenery

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Cute villages nestled away in the mountainside

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Buffalo's are a common site


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They dont seem too bothered about the motorcycles



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Lots of Akha ethinic tribe in this area

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KTMphil

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Out of the Akha villages and back onto the trails with some fun shallow stream crossing close to Chiang Rai

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Some unusual sights around Chiang Rai, I've never seen this Wat before


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Strange designed granny annex on the rice field


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Another Wat

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Back through the river

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Slippy round pebbles in this one, like riding on marbles

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Exhaust side up luckily

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Turn it off and get it up quick


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"Did anyone have a camera"?

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Water out of the bike and boots

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Looks like the bamboo bridge is just about kaput

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Another crossing not so hard

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With the drought in Thailand, there must be plenty of water around here, look how green everything is in the middle of dry season

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This looked like it would make a great camping spot\


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Up to Doi Chiang for a coffee, no-one around, was shut!

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The village has fuel, good place to top up before heading west to Fang on the trails

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Whisky bottle fuel, its fine


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Some nice single track out of Doi Chiang

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Then it gets really gorgeous

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A bit smokey, in November is would be amazing

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KTMphil

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Poking around some new stuff not on the maps

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This was trying a link up which looks like it goes through


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From the trail to the south we could see the link trail, pretty sure it joins (see the red line)


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We were very close here

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A bit of surveying by foot, down to the right there was a trail

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There were some locals there, they said that side didnt go through


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There was a trail to the left/ south it didnt look right, looked as though it was just garden access but actually when looked at from the main trail, is probably the one that links


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Back out to find another way around


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Onto the road, Akha lady in the pick up ahead

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As with a lot of the Akha villages, the missionaries had found them, here an unusual church


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Back out on the trails westwards towards Fang

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Not too hot, a really great days riding, time for a water break

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KTMphil

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The fun didnt stop great ridge line elevation all the way through to fang


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Concrete on the steep bits as you approach the next village


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This is what's killing our viz

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More Akha sweeping brush manufacturing in the next village

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We VERY nearly stopped at this Akha new year village party, the ladies were drunk & very friendly

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The daylight clock was ticking so time to push on

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Looking west, still can't see Fang

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Praying no pickups coming the other way

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Look at those dirt curves


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Spot the dirt bike

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The bike is a bit clearer in this one

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Another area with plentiful water for rice growing


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Into Fang for the night, the Fang Pub is now the Punna Bookshop Cafe.


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I think the owners cat is called Punna, first time ive seen one content on a scooter


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Looks like they like the cat


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Even badges

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Nice clean room for the night ready for another great day off road tomorrow


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Nice view from the room too


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KTMphil

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Westwards from Fang towards the super-fun single track around Wiang Haeng, the reminiscence of Chinese New Year in Ban Arunothai

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Then off onto the single track


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This is one of the most fun tracks in Thailand, hard enough where you have to concentrate, first and second gear most of the way through


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Further down turns into more of a double track


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Found this unusual temple i'd never seen before

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A fun ride all the way through to Pai

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As you approach Pai, sad to see they are grading and concreting, as many will say its good for the locals


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Again one of the best days off road riding you can have in Thailand, into Pai for a good nights sleep


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KTMphil

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Pai to Chiang Mai has multifarious options off road, some easy, some down right nasty & impossible it wet season. We picked a route south with some single track in the middle to keep it prepossessing.


A quick stop at the Memorial Bridge out of Pai


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Then onto the trails.


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The KLX 220 still going strong after several days of first gear trail riding.

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Getting south and closer to the fun sections

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New bridges going in here and there

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Then onto some beautiful single track


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Everything ready for the next rainy season

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What a fun trail

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Safely back in Chiang Mai, no motorcycle issues and just a whole load of off road riding fun
 
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