Touring Thailand

 

Touring Thailand


The Chiang Mai to Mae Sai Loop

Part 3 - Return to Chiang Mai

The final stage of the journey took us back via the highway 1 south to Chiang Rai then the highway 118 to Chiang Mai, completing the loop.

Highway 118 back to Chiang Mai

We soon realised that riding south in the early morning hours wasn't that wise a choice. At first the mist and fog wasn't too thick, but as soon as we reached Mae Sai outskirts the stuff was everywhere.

Highway 1 South from Mae Sai

Highway 1 South from Mae Sai

No big deal though as it gave us time to get food from a bleak looking restaurant until it had cleared...

Highway 1 South from Mae Sai

Highway 1 South from Mae Sai

The highway 1 can be a depressingly straight road at the best of times but we soon reached Chiang Rai.

Highway 1 South from Mae Sai

Highway 1 South, Chiang Rai

We weren't planning on any social visits though and had time only to get a few shots off in the main square.

Chiang Rai

The temperature display is a nice touch...

Chiang Rai, Temperature display

It is not only Chiang Mai that has intact city walls...

Highway 1 South

The unending straightness of Highway 1 came to a halt some time after passing out of Chiang Rai. The turn-off is at these traffic lights.

Highway 1 South, Highway 118 Turn-off

Onto the highway 118! At first it is pretty ordinary roads and surroundings though...

Highway 1 South

After here the roads become twisty and the turns can be sharp. It's not like highway 107 for danger but it still has some challenges. Stay Sharp!

Highway 118

An alternate route to Fang is here if you hang a right...

Highway 118

The roads are back to the flatland style of gradual turns and straights now.

Highway 118

A good place to stop and rest is in Wiang Pa Pao.

About ten kilometers out of Wiang Pa Pao the roads are heavily under construction with road-works everywhere.

Highway 118

There was little time or space to pull over and provide pictures for you folks either.

Highway 118

But it was no sweat as we just took them on the move instead!

Highway 118

 

Highway 118

Highway 118

After 8 kilometers or so the roadworks ended and it was back to normal roads again.

Highway 118

After this photo was taken the road straightened out for Doi Saket and then it was onto Chiang Mai!

Hope you enjoyed the trip!

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