Feb 172012
 

The Route 1090

Total Distance 110 km
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First stop was breakfast but no moo hunglay again and I was told theres only one place in town that has it.
I had a gai phad kapow instead but instead of using raw chicken they used already cooked chicken, it tasted okay though and was 30 Baht
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Now to explore some off road, I take the 1090 towards Pa La Tha then take a left at N16.01.003 E098.51.289 and here the surface turns to unpaved
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I stop here for this photo and I am immediately surrounded by flies
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I guess this was the attraction for the flies, at least I hope it was that and not me
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Its a pleasant track riding by the river at times and it reaches a paved road at N15.59.957 E098.52.082
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I take a right and soon ride through a village
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The road turns to dirt at N15.58.984 E098.52.591 and a bit further on I have the choice of either a bridge or a water crossing
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The bridge looks wonky but I walk over and it feels safe enough
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These come along and after checking out the bridge decide the water is their best option
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I watch them go through and decide the bridge is my best option
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This bridge leads to another village
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In this village fuel is sold at N15.58.714 E098.53.667
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I ride through the village and think that this is the crossing out
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Then I spot a very useful bridge
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Theres the odd bit of concrete here and there
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I am never far away from water today
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Another village in the distance
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Where I stopped for this photo fuel was sold at N15.59.782 E098.56.201
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The ESRI shows the track carrying on past the village for a short way, I ride to that point and now I am riding blind to see where it goes to
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I think this is the ideal turnaround point, that water is fast flowing with a rocky surface
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I watched them bounce around going through and I am glad I didnt try it myself
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Riding back through the village
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I take another track out from the village but after four water crossings in quick succession I turn back
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On the ride back and some ants eggs are being harvested
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A lot of eggs fell out of that nest
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That got rid of the buggers
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I ride back to Umphang then ride on to Pa La Tha to try to find the waterfall taking a right into Pa La Tha and then the road turns to unpaved at N15.50.282 E098.50.959
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This bridge is a mixture of old and new wood with the offcuts of very recent repairs being left around
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A lot of very recent burning and some of it was burning today, this tree was brought down by the fire as there wasnt enough wood left to support its weight
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The entrance to the waterfall but its completely deserted and I see no one else here today.
I ride in and park the bike at N15.49.172 E098.51.603
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The owner of Dot Com restaurant told me about this waterfall and even now its got a decent flow, it must be much better in the rainy season
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Now to ride back down that burnt track
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On the way back to Umphang I take a right at N15.57.511 E098.51.206, this is a dirt track and goes to Doi Hua Mot
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I climb to the top and good views from here
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A pork cheeseburger and fries for 110 Baht at Paulas Corner, not bad either

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 Posted by at 7:46 pm

  2 Responses to “Offroad Around Umphang And The Pa La Tha Waterfall”

  1. Sorry Tom I don’t know, small road bikes can be hired but not sure about dirt bikes

  2. Hi Captain Slash,
    Thank you for your ride reviews. Do you know of anywhere to hire off road bike in Mae Sot? I wish to explore around the 1090.
    Thanks
    Tom

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