Pilok – Sangkhlaburi

A long weekend and time to give the 701 another run.

First a stop at Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park.

Then continue on to Saiyok Yai. Park the pickup at a friends place and load up the 701 and head to the border with Burma.

Pilok

A good run up here following the 323 before heading up the 3272.

Bangkok to Pilok (E-Tong Village)

Nern Chueng Suek view point Lat 14.67245 Lon 98.36839 (Google Maps spelling – Noen Chang Suek).

One of my top 5 favourite places to visit in Thailand. Must have been up here 6 or 7 times over the years. This time on the 701 and what a blast up to Pilok on route 3272.

This road has been in a constant state of repair and reconstruction for as long as I can remember.

It starts off really nice. Then 3 minutes in to the video, you hit the rough stuff. Some pretty good sized potholes and ruts.

The video doesn’t show how steep the road is or how tight the bends are. Then you have to get past the other traffic heading up the mountain.

A few pictures from the ride up. Accidentally pressed the photo mode on the camera.

GPS and OSM leading the way.. Where is my paper map 😉
About 3 good sized ruts like this.

YouTube Video

Pilok Kanchanaburi : Route 3272

Warning:-

Watch the corners. Vehicles cut the corners, there is not much room to move over. A long way down to the bottom of the mountain if it goes wrong.

Watch out for cars that dart to the right or left avoiding potholes and not looking for or expecting a vehicle to be passing.

GPS Track overlay with elevation and twisties.

Camping

First need to get some supplies from the border.

Duty Free

10 cans of Myanmar beer on ice should do for the evening.

Sunset

Really hope the tent keeps the water out.. When buying the Beer. The Burmese fella said it had been chucking it down at night..

Dinner, Beer and a chair. Perfect.

The cloud started to blow in really quickly.


Just after the sun went down. Fogged in until early AM.

Sunrise

Good morning and fresh coffee.

No rain over night.. Bonus.

My tent is the tiny little red one on the right.

Time for some sea of fog pictures.

Pano 360 at the Border Patrol Police

One last picture before leaving.

Down to the town for some breakfast.

Sangkhlaburi

Next stop Sangkhlaburi. After a side visit to 3 Pagodas Pass.

So much cooler up in the mountains than down below.

Some great twisty roads as you get closer to Sangkhlaburi. Getting past the buses can be a pain at times.

All going great. Get to 3 Pagodas Pass and non stop rain just after I pull up.

Take a look at the weather app. This is not going away any time soon. After 1 hour of coffee and waiting.. Ride back through the belting rain.

Arrive a P Guest House Soaked.

It rained until 9 PM.

As it isn’t too hot.. Took the cheaper rooms with no aircon.
Raining good and proper.. View from my room.

The morning was cloudy and soon cleared up.

I headed back to Bangkok pretty early. At the end of this post there is a more detailed report on Sangkhlaburi from a recent visit.

Heading back to Sai Yok and Bangkok.


A stop at Prasat Mueang Sing Historical Park on the way to Pilok.

Links about Pilok

Somsak Mining is a must visit while up here.

Links about Sangkhlaburi