'Shortcut' to Phrao - Mae Kuang Reservoir Ferry

Gnasher328

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I wanted to take the scenic route to Phrao, unfortunately there are a lot of hills and a reservoir in the way meaning a detour via Mae Jo. Unless - I seemed to remember reading about a ferry, and some Googling turned up some recent mentions, so:-

A bit of faffing to find the slipway-
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Followed by a half hour or so wait-
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Just wondering wherther I have got the wrong end of the stick when I see a dot on the water heading towards me-
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Reversing the CRF down the bank and over the ramp was nerve wracking and I was puffed out for a while after, should have taken the top box off, apart from making it lighter I could have seen where the back wheel was going and not had to do it twice. I had to push the bike back up with engine assistance and start again on a better line.
They made lighter work of the local step throughs-
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A bit crowded but now we could sit back and enjoy the cruise-
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I thought I might get some sailing in this trip but I guess this will have to do-
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Shame about the neighbours though-
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Fishing camp a bit tidier-
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Before long the destination 'hove into view'-
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Getting off was a lot easier than gerring on. I set off up the hill expecting miles of nothing and was surprised to roud a corner straight into a vallage having a party-
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Then there was miles of nothing, a long straight narrow road through brown forest for about 13kms to the main road.
 

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Maybe I should not jump the gun as you might not yet have finished the report but, once after the miles of nothing when you reach Rd 1001, if you head northwest along the 1001 for about a km or so there is a road going south to the Buathong Waterfall which is quite nice and is located in the Chet Si Forest Park.
 

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Tim, you should have picked up the Iron Bridges trail around 20Km after crossing the lake heading east to west.

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Nice will have to try that soon.. I used to walk the pup over at that lake, and grab a cold beer or 3 for my troubles at the little huts, its quite pleasant over there.

I had seen the boat but didnt know it was a regular ferry type deal.
 

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Thanks for the feedback folks.
Re iron bridges and waterfalls, I was heading up to Mae Sai for a visa run rather than sight seeing but something to bear in mind for the future, although I won't be rushing to put the boke on that ferry again. As for anything bigger, forget it. Re bigger boat, I didn't see any sign of activity on the other side and haven't in several rides there.
 

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Thanks for the feedback folks.
Re iron bridges and waterfalls, I was heading up to Mae Sai for a visa run rather than sight seeing but something to bear in mind for the future, although I won't be rushing to put the boke on that ferry again. As for anything bigger, forget it. Re bigger boat, I didn't see any sign of activity on the other side and haven't in several rides there.
 

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I didn't see any sign of activity on the other side and haven't in several rides there.

I was there on monday and the little twin hull ferry was running but the restaurant (and plenty of other local businesses) above was closed.
 

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Tim definitely give the iron bridges ride a go all the way up to Mae Khachan
 

LivinLOS

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Well did an improv day on the dizzys yesterday.. Lots of new roads and some dirt out Mae On to Chae Son way.. Then decided to do the iron bridges return route taking the ferry home..

Word of warning, at 5 or 5:30 theres no ferry.. After a few 100ks on the bikes, with serious monkey butt.. The fact you could almost see the beer huts on the other side of the lake and no way to get there was soul crushing !!
 

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^ also last one of the day,north to south,is full of workers and their bikes.
 

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Any idea on what times it runs.. There is a phone number but not connecting.
 

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I've seen it run at around 5-5.30.
Strange thing is some things were shut down out there earlier in the week that normally aren't.
A Thai mentioned that a senior monk of the area had died that week....who knows.

I'll try and get a contact for the boat next time out there.
 

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The boats phone for anyone who wants it is 0873 035760 but it was off.

It was still easy daylight and we whistled and waited for 30 mins in case. I figured it would run until dusk personally.

I have also been reliably informed theres some burmese knocking shops just there also ;) Of course, shocking state of affairs to be avoided.
 
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