Feb 182012
 

The Route 1090, 1167, 1288

Total Distance 145 km
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I ride out of Umphang for about 45 km and at Mae Chan take a right onto a concrete road, this cute pup was the first shot of the day
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This concrete road goes for a short way
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Then turned to dirt at N16.02.148 E098.39.096
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Just past these ducks I take a right onto a track heading towards the border, the road ahead turns to concrete
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Not far along here is a village and fuel is sold here at N16.02.164 E098.38.162
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Along this track I turn right and ride to the top of the hill but its the border Police and they say no photos even though I am not at the border
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At a fork I take the right which brings me to the border
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The border Police said no photos, they didnt say dont cross the border so I go for a look around
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I was coasting downhill in Burma with the engine off to keep a low profile when I saw this woman who invited me to the house in the local village, she said no soldiers there
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Time for a look around the village
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Here comes my friendly host
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The house I am invited to
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A view from the window
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Her husband shows me around a bit
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Time to say goodbye and get back to Thailand
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I took a picture of this from the village in Burma, heres the other side of it from Thailand and my GPS tells me I am only 800 metres from that village
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Theres a narrow bridge going somewhere
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Time to leave the bike and walk a bit
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This poor old gents hearing must be going, he never heard me approach and when I said hello he jumped
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His home
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Further on is a village and riding through the dried up stream is preferable to riding over those bamboos
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I strike lucky here, they have a map showing where we are, I explain I want to ride to Ban Tilochi and he tells me which road to take and says theres another village 4 km further on and from there I can ride to Tilochi.
I note the next village is SE of here as I am now riding completely blind as far as the GPS is concerned.
Fuel was available in this village at N16.01.755 E098.36.239
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Not far out and a picnic is taking place at my first water crossing
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Theres a few water crossings between the two villages and my boots are soon full of water, a couple of the crossings were a bit hairy as the rocky surface was throwing the KLX about a bit
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It looks a bit smoky ahead
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I catch the arsonist in action
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After about 4.5 km I reach the village and find theres no fuel sold here
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I am told Tilochi is only another 4 km and after 1 km I need to take the right fork as left goes back to Mae Chan
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I reach the fork and decide to see if the left goes directly back to the 1288
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Its a very steep climb for a while then levels out and I suddeny notice I am now back on the GPS, this track will be that concrete road that I saw earlier just past the ducks.
I decide to turn around and ride to Tilochi then try this out on the way back
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The track seems to have disappeared now, the cattle are hiding it
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Another water crossing
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These confirm I am on the right track for Tilochi, I cross the river countless times but as Tilochi is on the river I guess I am going in the right direction
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I have started walking through the water first now as some of the crossings are a bit dodgy
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Finally I reach the river crossing where I saw the ice cream man a couple of days ago, sadly he doesnt make an appearance today.
This is about the 12th and final water crossing today thankfully and I ride through and on to Ban Tilochi which was about 10 km and not the 4 I was told.
Interestingly I was told here two days ago this trip was not possible, it certainly is but if I do it again I will do it later into the dry season rather than earlier.
I have no time or desire to ride back and try that other track out, it can wait until next trip here or someone else can GPS it.
I need to get back to Mae Sot tomorrow as the KLX needs an oil and filter change plus the air filter is probably clogged with dust by now
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Chicken, garlic, onions and fries at Dot Com for 120 Baht
Get the gdb file here …

 Posted by at 7:40 pm

  2 Responses to “Umphang-Offroad From Mae Chan To Tilochi + A Burmese Village”

  1. Yes just dowmload the GPS file.
    I have not done the Umphang-Sangkhlaburi route but others have here http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-forum/legendary/1518-completed-umpung-tung-yai-naresuan-jungle-track.html

  2. can I have a copy of your GPS trail, we will cross by 4×4 from Umphang-Mae Chan-Sankhlangburi, Is it possibel
    Thanks
    F Maes

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