On the motorbike from Nan to Chiang Mai
|Hot Bread in Nan|
|Sunrise along route 101|
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So somewhere between Huai Rong and Phai Thon I took a left turn to route 1216 which changes into route 1217 at a Y-section (take right turn). The route is good and goes thru small villages and then becomes a bit smaller and less good and goes into the mountains. While being alone and in the middle of nowhere that is where I did get a bit worried. There were a few road constructions at landslides. And then in the distance I could see big trucks working on the road. Oops would this be the end? Luckily no! Just about 10 km of gravel and put-holes that slowed me down a lot. Some friendly Thai road workers explained to me that the road would be fine and that at the T-section I should take a right turn to route 1134.
And indeed it all did work out fine. Just before Nam Cham there is a nice Coffee Shop on your right hand side. Only drinks, not food. I still not get that! I was bloody hungry. At Mae Lai I did enter route 101 again, just before Phrae. While passing Phrae I stopped at the PTT gasoline station for refreshment and rest. Those PTT gasoline stations with an Amazon Coffee shop and a n 7/11 supermarket are popping up everywhere!
|Temple in Chiang Mai|
After passing Lampang I took a right turn to continue route 11 in direction of Chiang Mai. The first part is a bit boring, straight road passing the jungle market and the elephant conservation centre. But the second part is going thru the mountains and is nice and twisty. The all road between Lampang and Chiang Mai is a 4 lane divided highway.