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Scenic motorcycle route from Chiang Rai to Nan

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I'll be renting a Honda Wave 125 and plan to drive from Chiang Rai to Nan and then further.

 

On the map I can see two country roads between Chiang Rai and Nan:

- the 1091 passing Chiang Muan and entering Nan from the West

- the 1148 passing Chiang Ban and Song Khwae and entering Nan from the North

 

Which one would be more scenic / suitable for that type of bike?

 

If they are both good I could take one going there and the other one coming back.

 

I guess the main highway passing Phayao would be not so scenic and have heavy traffic?

 

 

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 Sorry no.  I'm on the phone right now and don't have access to my computer files but you can always check on other social media sites.

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125 is really underpowered for that kind of distance. Also, uncomfortable in terms of vibration in the hands and not much of a wind block. Really recommend a 500, or at least a 250/300 for that. Anyone considering that kind of distance and Thai highways on a 125 hasn't tried it before, and won't do it again!

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Actually I have done riding around Thaton and around Nan/Phrae on that type bike, for about 4 weeks.

 

It was fine when I was taking my time. I wouldn't want to ride on it all day.

 

What I liked about it was that it is easy to handle and that my backpack fitted nicely in the space in front of me.

 

Also I could sit on it comfortably for a couple of hours.

 

Speed was fine, just on some steep stretches I wished it had more power.

 

Will take a look at bigger bikes before I rent, and if I can use another one comfortably I might change my mind.

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I would recommend Highway 1 to Phayao, then East on 1021 to Dok Khamtai; then Southeast on Highway 1251 (To Thung Nong; 1091 to Nan.

 

Very scenic yet reasonable route in terms of curves and state of the highways.  I would avoid 1148 - the section around Yot is terrible.

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Great photos!

 

It is the 1081 indeed, I took nearly the exact same photo a couple of years ago on that road.

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"125 is really underpowered for that kind of distance. Also, uncomfortable in terms of vibration in the hands and not much of a wind block. Really recommend a 500, or at least a 250/300 for that. Anyone considering that kind of distance and Thai highways on a 125 hasn't tried it before, and won't do it again!"

 

When I first started riding bikes in Thailand I would usually rent bigger bikes ,(30 years ago) now I wouldn't consider anything bigger than a Honda 125. Unless you intend to set some sort of land speed record what is the point? I am 5'10' and 200 lbs and I have no problem at all, I can pack all my gear in in "dry bag" strap it on the back. It can be a bit slow going over some the mountain passes but what's the rush? Also to consider is availability of parts and mechanics should you have a breakdown enroute, everywhere you go you can find someone who can work on small bikes.

 

Some folks ride for the excitement, I ride to relax so I guess it is apples versus oranges. Personally I like the flexibility smaller bikes give you like going through traffic when passing through the cities as well as getting off road and riding on paddy field embankments. Anyway just wanted to say you'll be fine on a 125cc.

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can I piggy back on this as I am planning a ride ffrom chiang mai to chinag mai, if interested this is the proposed route https://drive.google.com/open?id=10TeWong7KAIXsRDqtcEpWdlaSGg&usp=sharing Day 2 will be from Nan to Chiang Saen on the 1091 until the 1021 then up to Chiang Saen. Will thei be scenic or is there a better option?

Many thanks

PS I use a forza

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Theres a good run along the Lao border south from Nan-around the lake/resevour

Cut to bottom of the lake and continue around the other side north

Goes thru some pice forest-good dirt road

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