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Piang Luang to Arunothai (Route 1778)

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The recent completion of Highway 1778 linking Piang Luang up with Muang Na and Arunothai now means an awesome loop is on offer, though while the route south from Wiang Haeng to Pai is not yet sealed, it is currently a well-maintained 55-kilometre dirt track.

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Route 1788 splits off from the Piang Luang road just a few kilometres short of town and heads off east, paralleling the border, to Muang Na and Arunothai town in Chiang Dao district. Road conditions are admittedly still patchy with some splendid new black top sections; some potholed older bits and one or two short passages where they seem to have run out of tarmac but on the whole eminently passable if you take it carefully and keep your eyes on the roads. Keeping to the central part of the road as much as possible, as the carpet of pine needles can be very slippery, is a good move and fortunately, there isn’t a lot of traffic on ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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