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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #40 on: January 31, 2024, 10:05:09 pm
    January 31, 2024, 10:05:09 pm
    5 days, Isaan's Northern Roads cont'd, Following the Mekong East then South

    Day 2 part 1





    I set off with no real plan apart from a rough direction and continuing to follow the Mekong/212 south branching off and taking the smaller roads staying close to the Mekong
    First stop was the International Buddhist Park, N18.15680 E10313736.  To be honest I was expecting a bit more but it was still nice.
    On one of the smaller roads I came across a nice bit of the river at N18.36812 E103.24659
    It looks like they are building a new Thai Laos Friendship Bridge at around N18.40146 E103.56750


    International Buddhist Park, ‎⁨Phon Phisai⁩, ⁨Nong Khai⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩








    ‎⁨Pak Khat⁩, ⁨Bueng Kan⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩




    I believe, The making of a new Thai/Laos Friendship Bridge, ‎⁨Mueang Bueng Kan⁩, ⁨Bueng Kan⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩





    Coffee time at the Thong Mai Cafe, nice place with a tranquil little pond outside, N18.30133 E103.80480


    Time for a drink, ‎⁨Mueang Bueng Kan⁩, ⁨Bueng Kan⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩



    The tree lined road, 3008, reminded me of my time in Germany.  Most of the 3008 was a pleasure to ride


    ‎⁨Bung Khla⁩, ⁨Bueng Kan⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩


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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #41 on: January 31, 2024, 10:06:18 pm
    January 31, 2024, 10:06:18 pm
    Day 2 part 2

    The opposite side of the river in Laos was quite mountainous and earlier on in the day they were covered in clouds, looking like the rain was coming.  Fortunately it held off and the sun came out.
    I came across a nice Church on the outskirts of Nakhon Phanom, Saint Anna Nong Saeng Church, N17.42132 E104.77670 I have not seen many on my travels, especially like this.


    ‎⁨Bung Khla⁩, ⁨Bueng Kan⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩






    ‎⁨Ban Phaeng⁩, ⁨Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩






    ‎⁨Saint Anna Nong Sang Church, Mueang Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩





    My room for the night was the SP Residence in Nakhon Phanom, N17.39747 E104.78614.  550 baht for the night, room was big and comfortable.  The bike was undercover in a sheltered area which was locked at night.


    SP Residence, ‎⁨Mueang Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Thailand







    There was a market on Walking Street in the evening so I had a good walk out.


    Looking across into Muang Khammouan, Laos


    ‎⁨Mueang Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩








    Wat Okat






    An evening dinner Mekong cruise


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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #42 on: February 01, 2024, 10:06:55 pm
    February 01, 2024, 10:06:55 pm
    5 days, Isaan's Northern Roads cont'd, Following the Mekong East then South

    Day 3 part 1






    The 212 was the main artery running south to Mukdahan so I looked for the smaller roads between the Mekong and the 212
    I turned off just past the Nakhon Phanom University after going though a lot of small villages I got to the side of the Mekong, when I kept on the edge for a good few km’s.  The road then ended and went into a track.  As I was turning round to head back to a turning to the 212 an old guy came up from the river and started to tell me the track was good and not far.  So I carried on.  True to his word it was fine and maybe about 1000m of zig zagging through small hamlets.
    Once I got to That Phanom it was time for breakfast, fed and watered it was time to push on.




    ‎⁨Mueang Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩






    ‎⁨Khong (Mekong) River⁩, ⁨Mueang Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩


    Food stop, ‎⁨That Phanom⁩, ⁨Nakhon Phanom⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩





    I took the 3015 south from That Phanom which I thought was a nice road, cutting into the river where possible
    On this route I stopped at the Kaeng Kra Bao rapids, N16.80288 E104.73306, the rapids were ok and the were places to eat and drink, the views across the river were good


    ‎⁨Kaeng Kra Bao rapids, Wan Yai⁩, ⁨Mukdahan⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩














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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #43 on: February 01, 2024, 10:08:06 pm
    February 01, 2024, 10:08:06 pm
    Day 3 part 2

    Next up was Mukdahan, I have visited it a few times and gone across the 2nd Thai Laos Friendship Bridge on numerous occasions to get to Savannakhet in Laos on visa runs. But I had never been under the bridge. 
    In Mukdahan I picked up the 2034 then the 2242, using those as my main routes continuing towards Khemarat, my overnight top.


    The 2nd Thai Laos Friendship Bridge, ‎⁨Mueang Mukdahan⁩, ⁨Mukdahan⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩






    Savannakhet, Laos across the river



    On route I stopped at a viewpoint at Don Tan, N16.32493 E104.93004
    I even stopped at some rapids at N16.17828 E105.01707, but they had been turned into a bit of a shanty town so the view wasn’t the best
    As I left the rapids my Garmin Montana 600 we off and wouldn’t turn back on.  I have had it since they first came out and I thought it had given up on me.  I carry a road map so no great issue, but it had all the places to visit marked on it.  Anyway about 15km down the road I tried it and it came on…I think it had got a bit hot.


    Viewpoint, ‎⁨Don Tan⁩, ⁨Mukdahan⁩, ⁨Thailand






    Some more little rapids, ‎⁨Chanuman⁩, ⁨Amnat Charoen⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩





    At Khemarat I stopped at the Baan Toey Kafé N16.04404 E105.21990 for a drink.  As my wife and I have a coffee shop I was interested in their menu which was quite good.
    My room for the night was the Wasana Resort on a side street in Khemarat, N16.0434 E105.21953.  Nice place, rooms we clean and quite big, 500 THB for the night, bike was parked next to the room in its own carport.


    Baan Toey Kafé, ‎⁨Khemmarat⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩




    Wasana Resort, ‎⁨Khemmarat⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩





    Time to relax a hour before going out for some dinner

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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #44 on: February 03, 2024, 06:13:48 am
    February 03, 2024, 06:13:48 am
    5 days, Isaan's Northern Roads cont'd, Following the Mekong East then South

    Day 4 part 1






    The 2112 was the main artery today which went from Khemarat to about 5k’s short of Khong Chiam where I then picked up the 2134 into town.
    A good day with a few diversions to get to the river as the roads did not skirt the river for much of the day due to hill ranges
    The 2112 scenery wise was good nearly all the way south.  However the road surface was appalling. It was tarmac but the smooth surface was gone and the tarmac welded stones were on the surface, it was also very pitted and patched.  It was like riding over a wash board ( for those who remember them).  There were the odd patches of smooth new road.

    First up was a stop at the Sai Sung Beach N16.00512 E105.41932.  To get there I took the 4082, one road in and out.  The view was good.  It wasn’t very busy as I was there early.  There is a floating food place on the river.  I managed to take the bike down to the rocks and beach.


    Sai Sung Beach, ‎⁨Khemmarat⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩









    From the beach it was back on to the 2212 to visit another viewpoint at Wat Phra To, N15.93208 E105.34346.


    Viewpoint, ‎⁨Wat Phra To⁩, ⁨Na Tan⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩





    Then it was a quick stop at Hat Chom Dao N15.90731 E105.34074, looking back up the river from this point I could see the Wat and ramp where I had just been.


    Hat Chom Dao, ‎⁨Na Tan⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand





    Salung Beach, N15.82280 E105.38701 was the next stop.  It was not far off the 2112.  I also had some food at a little restaurant next to where the bike was parked.  The lady there spoke good English.


    Salueng Beach, ‎⁨Pho Sai⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩










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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #45 on: February 03, 2024, 06:14:48 am
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    Day 4 part 2

    A quick visit to another viewpoint which turned out to be a non starter led me to a nice road, albeit short, and some nice rock formations.  Road junction N15.73035 E105.47823.  There was a big rock around this area N15.74538 E105.49483.  It would have been a great area to explore on a small bike.


    ‎⁨Pha Taem National Park⁩, ⁨Pho Sai⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩











    The 2112 then came away from the river and skirted along the edge of a hill range, with some great views.


    ‎⁨Pho Sai⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩


    ‎⁨Si Mueang Mai⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩

    I rode through Khong Chiam, which is where I was stopping the night.  But I wanted to go to the end of the road to where the Mekong goes into Laos, never to be seen in Thailand again.
    A quick stop on the bridge over the river Mun where you could see it flowing into the Mekong.


    Mun River⁩, ⁨Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩



    Then a nice restbite at The River Café at the Bi Coloured River  This is sat in the grounds of a very nice resort N15.31597 E105.51247.  The views and surroundings were super.
    On Booking dot com the price for the night is just over 2500 baht in the resort.


    ‎⁨The Café at Bi Coloured River,  Kaeng Tana National Park⁩, ⁨Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩










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    Reply #46 on: February 03, 2024, 06:15:59 am
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    Day 4 part 3

    Then I push on about 5/6km to the end and the final shot of the Mekong in Thailand, N15.32018 E105.55811
    I have done quite a bit of the Mekong up in Northern Thailand and even on the Laos side but following it from where the River Hueang joins it in the NW corner of Isaan ( first Mekong trip) right down to the bottom.  It was a good ride!!


    Where the Mekong goes back into Laos, just above the bike seat about 1km down stream, ‎⁨Kaeng Tana National Park⁩, ⁨Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩



    Back to Khong Chiam for the night before heading home tomorrow
    A quick stop at the Two Colour River viewpoint N15.31705 E105.50284 then on to the hotel


    Two Colour River Viewpoint, ‎⁨Wat Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩







    I stayed at the Khong Chiam 2 hotel, N15.31711 E105.49297
    Nice and clean, hotel in 2 parts, a hotel bit and like a little lodge area, rooms are bigger in the hotel, same price, 600THB. Breakfast included


    Khong Chiam 2 Hotel⁩, ⁨Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩





    I relaxed for an hour then it was time to go and get some food and try and find a cafe pizza place I had seen while riding around the town


    Cafe&Pizza, ⁨Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩







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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #47 on: February 04, 2024, 12:29:51 am
    February 04, 2024, 12:29:51 am
    5 days, Isaan's Northern Roads cont'd, Following the Mekong East then South

    Day 5






    I wanted to get a good start today as I had a fair way to go.  So, the bike was packed and after breakfast at 0700 I set off.  Going up the hill in Khong Chiam there was a nice temple and my final view of the Mekong on this trip.  Wat Tham Khuha Sawan N15.32229 E105.48785.


    ‎⁨Wat Tham Khuha Sawan⁩, ⁨Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand








    The last look at the Mekong, ‎⁨Khong Chiam⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩

    My route was taking me along the Mun River to Udon Ratchathani on the 2222 then the 217.
    On the way to Udon I passed through Phibun Mangsahan where I stopped to have a look at the Mun River N15.24772 E105.23888


    Mun River, ‎⁨Phibun Mangsahan⁩, ⁨Ubon Ratchathani⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩



    Once round the Udon ring road I picked up the 23 towards Yasothon, then Roi Et.
    Wat Yang Talat N15.71595 E104.24774
    The rice fields were looking nice and green on route


    Wat Yang Talat, Kham Khuan Kaeo⁩, ⁨Yasothon⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩







    At Maha Sarakham I stopped for a nice coffee on the edge of the town, Sweet Me Coffee  N16.18952 E103.29704
    On leaving the coffee shop I went on the 208 to Khon Kaen, then on to the ring road before picking up the 12 heading west to Chum Phae and home.


    Brew time, Sweet Me Coffee, ‎⁨Mueang Maha Sarakham⁩, ⁨Maha Sarakham⁩, ⁨Thailand⁩

    That is the Mekong skirting the edge of Isaan finished, from where it enters Thailand to where it leaves Thailand, 790km on the first trip and 1427km on this one, a rough removal of getting to and from the river of 1110 km leaves roughly 1107km along the river.


    The Mekong in Thailand, Ridden is in yellow

    If you take into account my first trip on a bike in Thailand , back in Dec 2014 where I covered the Mekong the north, following it from the Golden Triangle to Chiang Khong then the 1155 to Wiang Kaen.  Less about 4km, where it disappears back into Laos, it’s all been ridden in Thailand


    Previous routes from Dec 2014



    https://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/ride-tales/lonerider-in-northern-thailand-laos-79478

    For me, it’s been great following a small part of the 12th longest river in the world and the 3rd longest in Asia.  Seeing the life on the edge, so to speak. Estimated length of 4500km, length goes up and down depending on where you get your information from. 
    Hopefully I will get chance to do more of it in other countries. Mayanmar, Laos (ridden some of it already), Cambodia, Vietnam.

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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #48 on: February 04, 2024, 09:08:56 am
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    Thanks for the trip reports and all the great photo's, Caps. Helps get me through a UK winter and raring to go come the spring!

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    Re: Short trips on the 500x in my local area, Isaan, Thailand
    Reply #49 on: February 04, 2024, 09:32:36 am
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    *Originally Posted by grumpyzuma [+]
    Thanks for the trip reports and all the great photo's, Caps. Helps get me through a UK winter and raring to go come the spring!

    You’re welcome mate, glad you’ve enjoyed them

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