Feb 132012
 

The Route 1090, 1167

Total Distance 240 km
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Once I get a fair way out along the 1090 it quietens right down to a lovely twisty road with not too much traffic on it
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Plenty of these on todays ride
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Quite a few water crossings in total today
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Its been two years since I last rode down to Umphang but I dont remember seeing this building abondoned and in this state before
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The view from the scenic viewpoint
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I check in at the Umphang guest house at N16.00.229 E098.52.128 where I have always stayed when in Umphang
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The grounds, and as its now during the week I may possibly have the whole site to myself
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Parked right outside my accommodation
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My 200 Baht room, I was initially given a room with a tv in it for 300 Baht but that was soon changed for this one
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My own toilet /shower with hot water.
I remember my first few stays here from 2003 onwards when it was only cold water and 100 Baht a night, after a few years they put the hot showers in and upped the rate to 150 Baht.
That was very welcome as the water is freezing here
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Spotted in town, is it the number of bends in the road between here and Mae Sot or the mileage to somewhere?
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I have enough time to ride the 1167 to the Burmese border
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The border and the asphalt finishes at N16.07.144 E098.44.658
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Looking into Burma
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It looks like mass burning has taken place in Burma
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There is no one around so I ride on into Burma along this dirt track, I did this a few years ago on the Bm for a couple of km until I reached a small village.
A guy spoke good English there and said if I rode much further I would encounter an army checkpoint which I considered to be unwise so I then rode back
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Its been burnt in lots of places, I ride over the log bridge on the way in and through the bed of the stream on the way back
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I am about 1.5 km inside Burma now and its time to get a few photos and return
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I am just short of the village I was in before and can hear noise coming from there, as theres always the possibility the army are now in that village I now turn around and ride back
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The bumpy track on the way back
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Just before reaching the border I have to wait for this man to move over a bit
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Once back over the border I am only on the asphalt for a very short time then take a right at N16.07.031 E098.44.656 onto a new dirt track that has been made since I was last here
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It runs parallel with the border for a while
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Then it turns inland but I am running low on fuel and if it just goes to a dead end after a fair way I could have problems so decide to turn back
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Not the nicest sign to see, there are lots of these signs going off to the Burmese border side of the track
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Now to ride back to Umphang and get some fuel. I manage to find gasohol 91 at one fuel station, something that was not available here two years ago
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My usual eatery in Umphang at N16.01.089 E098.51.487
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The owners two friendly dogs soon come around when they smell the food
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Pork, fried garlic, fries and onions for 120 Baht

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 Posted by at 7:26 pm

  5 Responses to “Mae Sot To Umphang Plus A Short Trip Into Burma”

  1. Hi Colin, the Thai spelling i am talking about does mean curve, so i assume the sign said how many. Klong is canal and Mae-nam is river, also i am sure many other words for them! I tried to type Thai script here for khong, so you could check, but your site won’t accept it.

  2. Hi Chris

    As far as I know khong means river but I could be totally wrong there.

    Concerning not having a GPS, I wouldn’t worry in the slightest about it.
    I have done most of my riding there and indeed all over Thailand without a GPS, only getting one four years ago, they are useful but not essential.

    Regards

    Colin

  3. Hi, great photos and reports here. The work khong ???? Does mean curve!
    I will be riding that area as soon as the rains stop, how will i do with no GPS, will it spoil my trip do you think?

  4. Eric thank you for the kind words, it matters not what people use the site for, its there to share information and help people whatever their hobbies are

    Colin

  5.  Love your photos and finding your trips very useful for traveling to and accessing those streams  for flyfishing.wether u appreciate this or not thank u  for posting this stuff!!! sincerly, Eric

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