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Ride north on Route 1081

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Route 1081 heads north from Bo Kluea running parallel to the Lao border until it reaches the district town of Chaloem Prakhiat in the far northeast of Nan.

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From here the route becomes Route 101 with a north fork taking you up to the Lao border at Huay Kon or west to Thung Chang, and the road back to Pua and Nan. The first 80 kilometre or so stretch to Chaloem was in pitiful condition when we rode it in December 2015 and though scenery of rolling, yet largely deforested, hills and paddy-field filled valleys is picturesque, the ride is a tough and slow one. Furthermore there are practically no villages, no cafes and few petrol stops on the way. If you’ve embarked on this route you’ll be happy to reach Chaloem Prakhiat! After joining Route 101 road conditions improve radically but then you’re on a busier highway in a wide valley with far less attractive scenery. Apart from Khun Nan National Park, which is only five kilometres out of Bo Kluea anyway, there are no points of interest other than roadside viewpoints. Routes 1257 south to Santisuk or 1256 west to Pua are both more scenic and shorter over much better road surfaces.


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