Road Trip – Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son – Off Road

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments | 8,352 views

This is the most direct road from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son.

It’s not used much because the road is dirt most of the way and the surface is rough in spots.

The normal circuitous way is to take paved roads but the paved way is not direct.  The paved way is way longer distance wise but shorter time wise.

The direct way is shorter but there is about 40km of dirt road that are passable only with a 4WD pickup. On long stretches you’re crawling along at 5-10 kph.

Parts of the dirt road are flat and well graded like in the picture below.

You could drive this with a Honda Jazz or Civic but all the stones and dirt thrown up by the wheels would tear up your paint job.

On long stretches of the road the surface is pretty rough like in the pictures below.

No way anything but a 4WD could pass these stretches of this road when its dry and if it raining forget it.

Parts of the road are semi-paved with a concrete track for each wheel.

These are mostly sections where there is a steep hill or the road bed is completely deteriorated due to water erosion and loose soil.

In some places, the concrete is in good condition.

In other places, the concrete is deteriorated and in it’s dangerous.

If your car were to slip off the concrete it fall a foot or so into a rut and you would have to trust the 4WD to be able to drive the truck back up onto the track with 3 driven wheels.

If you did get stuck, there is very little traffic on these roads. At points, we drove for an hour without encountering an oncoming motorcycle or truck.

The truck we were driving didn’t have a winch or any other way of getting unstuck so we had to drive with care.

Being Thailand, if we got stuck we could have walked to the nearest village and gotten help from the locals.

I’m not sure if a couple of buffaloes yoked up to the front bumper would be strong enough to pull us out of ditch though.

🙂

We were waaaaaaaaay off the beaten track and the people living here were farmers growing a variety of crops.

A lot of the vegetables are loaded directly onto the farmers pickup and driven to the city and sold at farmers markets like the Klongtoey market on Rama 4 and Asok.

Watching these guys slaving away under the hot sun and in the high humidity made me thankful to be sitting in the nice air conditioned cab of a late model top of the line Toyota pickup.

BigBabyKenny

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  1. Wentworth says:

    Oh shit! It’s has finally occurred to me who you remind me of when you write.  The protagonist from the novel American Psycho! It’s a similar  style with same references to people and brands.   If you haven’t read the book read the synopsis on wikipedia you will get my drift.  Scarily alike.
     

  2. SBODTWAT says:

    Great post Kenny !

  3. Adman says:

    I recognize the girl in the rice patty.
    She works upstairs at the Baccara.
    No. 129. All ports are open. Wink Wink.

  4. Mike says:

    “No way anything but a 4WD could pass these stretches of this road when its dry ”

    Slight exaggeration there perhaps Kenny ?
    how many local farmers have nice late model 4x4s ? Yet they seem to manage OK….. maybe you have been spoilt with too many big wide freeways LOL.
    Some nice pics there though.

  5. BBK says:

    Mike,

    You are right.

    A couple of buffaloes hitched to a cart could certainly negotiate the road.

    🙂

    I don’t think any 4-door sedans are going to make it and if the potholes, ruts, rocks, and stream crossing would beat the car up pretty quickly.

    What was amazing is that there were villages more than 10KM from a paved road and on the whole way in we didn’t pass a single  truck of motorcycle coming out.

    Life must be pretty insular and isolated there.

    Good place for Bin laden to hide out if Northern Pakistan gets too hot.

    BigBabyKenny

  6. Baccara upstairs girl says:

    @Adman

    No that is #19 – Amporn

    She go with many customer as she pretty girl but ting tong as she sees many ghosts

    I not ting tong Mr Kenny, you come see me next ime in baccara

  7. RonBaltimore says:

    hey, you got mentioned in Stickman’s weekly.  You are big time now!

  8. Crikey says:

    … barely a footnote, no name mentioned, no site name, and the site described as taken down and defunct.
     
    big time, indeed.
     
    “Even with tenure, a California university professor chose to shut down his fast-growing nightlife-focused Thai website last year after an article about him and his site appeared in the mainstream press, resulting in widespread criticism.”

     

  9. cruiserPimp says:

    The long-neck tribes are a great side trip near the Burma border.

  10. The reporting on Stickman is very shoddy.

    Judging by the recent volume and quality of comments, this site can hardly be called “defunct”.

    This site seems to just as strong as it was before the article in the mainstream press appeared.

    Stickman’s reporting of the Demise of The Duke of Wellington was shoddy too.

    Just a rewrite of what was already written here.

    These two items suggest that BigBabyKenny.com is doing the leading edge reporting and StickmanBangkok.com is the rural paper reprinting old news.

  11. NY Times review of blog submissions says:

    Excellent comment by NY Times critic.

  12. SBODTWAT says:

    AGREE !!!!

  13. RealDaffyDuck says:

    I indeed concur too sir…

  14. gonzo says:

    Kenny,
    Don’t you tire of posting under multiple alias’ to give this place the feel of being active?

  15. RealDaffyDuck says:

    gonzo – it’s all he has a left. A couple of “close to the line” expats stuck in Thailand and hating themselves for it on a personal vendetta, and some loser who’s not even in Thailand.
     
    Top class demographics, BBK. Well done!

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    . . . . .  some loser who’s not even in Thailand. posts from Burbank and has a dog named Vlad which he keep overweight for, uh, the most  private of reasons.
    How’s that nasty “rash” coming along there iduck?

  17. IBFarang,madfrog,Expatchuck,Mel Gibson,Last Survivor,Jingjo,Biff,CalEden,caronte,tezza,Mr Alan,Broken Leg,ukguy84,ducksnutz,China Sailor,ThaiPrivateEye II, snpark, koolbreeze says:

    We thought you guys might be interested to know just what Harry Zink aka Daffy Duck aka duck aka  Big Dummy Kenny etc etc  looks like.
    Well it’s not all that hard to morph up a reasonably accurate face-front portrait,  recent events have given us a real break here.
     
    First, download a shot of Jared Loughner.  (Jared’s the crazy Jewish kid that assassinated a Democratic Congresswoman in an Arizona strip mall two weeks ago.)
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    So crazy Jared’s wrinkled brow stays.

    Now ad some “missed-a-spot-shaving”  fuzz-patches here and there.

    And with the usual sagging skin issues, blotches, the bags under the eyes and ear pubes, ad about thirty years of facial wrinkles Harry bears as a result of years of solitary masturbatory grimacing.

    The loping “heavy guy” ambulatory style and complete lack of day-to-day dress sense tops off Harry’s tropical paradise look.

    He’ll quite possibly have an unaware internet dupe  in tow who may  refer to him by another name.

    More about this  later .

  18. speechless says:

    It is deplorable and hard for me to comprehend that Daffy being a Yiddishe boy will allow, let alone condone the Nazi references to Kenny, Werewolf and Prufrock on his own blog.

    It’s up there Daffy genius, are you still denying that you posted it up there ???
    IT’S  FUCKING  UP  THERE  !!!!

  19. Webweasel says:

     
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    http://www.statsaholic.com/Bigbabykenny.com+BigDummyKenny.com
     

  20. Herman Van GoatStraten says:

    This shit is like Star Wars.

    In the end…. The Alliance will always win 🙂

    P.S Fuck you Luther (Daffy)

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  27. Purple Avenger says:

    Purple Kenny, on the road!

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