Day rides around Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi 2018
Latest trips added and date ammended for the post publish date.
Sai Yok – Three days in seven minutes.
March 1st / 2nd / 3rd
Let’s head to Khao Pla Noi.. One of the best off road rides in Thailand. (IMHO)
6 am wake up.. Leave at 6.30.. Ended up being around 7 as Filip had issues with his bike.
There had been rain the few days before I arrived. Mainly thunderstorms in the evening.
While things were greener than usual for this time of year..
Certainly didn’t expect the river crossing to be up so high.
Lat 14.42755 Lon 98.83575
8 am and it is breakfast time.. 30 km under the belt as well as a river crossing.
Riding the back trails to the first ranger station then to the Border Patrol Police at the bottom of Khao Pla Noi.
Sadly. Refused entry.. Informed it is a work place.. Not for tourism.
To be honest.. I am not totally surprised this has happened.. Loads more people going up the mountain in recent years.
People leaving their garbage behind too, rather that take it back down with them..
Guess they believe the garbage fairy godmother will clean up after them.
Lat 14.2268 Lon 98.8263
Route Overlayed on Google Earth
Drive and ride.. Looping out of Sai Yok and back.
Wake up and Baan Ricky and load up the bike.
Sorting a few things for the days ride.
Brillant day through the trails and over the hills as well as the Bamboo jungle
After blasting through Bamboo jungle with steep climbs and rocks and leaves everywhere..
Time for a break.
But first.. Improvise some inner gloves.
Then back to the steep tracks with bamboo and logs across the tracks.
Our local friend wanted to try and reach a remote waterfall.
This is how it starts…
He had only made it this far before.. It was steep, loose crumbly soil. Bamboo all over the track.
When we make it to the top. Another 10km to go to get to the waterfall.
It is 4pm.. Suggest we head back and plan this for another day.
When we are fresh and not tired from riding all day in the heat. Carrying water and some food..
Plus I doubt there is much water up there now as already March.
The track is impassible in the rainy season.. So back around November I guess..
Poor Filip.. He is only 34.. I am 48 and Suttipong is 60.. The youth of today 😀
Long way off to the side if you really lose control of the bike.
It is pretty hard to control on this soil and so steep.
Back down we go.. None of us turned the engine on.
Short video on some fun parts of the trail.
Route overlayed on Google Earth
A nice free flowing ride along the back trails to Pha Sawan Waterfall.
Nice flowing tracks, plus the Bamboo jungle track, before up the tarmac and the 10 km tide to the Ranger Station.
Bamboo Jungle track
The usual lunch / snack and drink break before the blast along the back trails.
Lat 14.6481 Lon 98.7595
Riding the trail to Pha Sawan water fall
Surprised to see 4WD vehicles in here this time of year.
Usually low season as dry and not much water.
Thomas getting his mud picture.
The Ranger Station at Pha Sawan Waterfall .
Lat 14.6826 Lon 98.8288
Truely stunning Orchids.
A hike through the bush to the first tier waterfall.
A swim to cool off before heading back.
The Ranger insisted we stop and have noodles before leaving.
Route over layed on Google Earth.
February 17th 18th.
After having some work done on the Husky.
Light ride and exploring alone around Sai Yok Yai.
Love this crossing. Loose rocks and slippery.
In the rainy season too deep and fast moving to ride through.
Lat 14.42751 Lon 98.83575
Lat 14.3402 Lon 98.9383
Hintok Cutting – Burma Railway.
Lat 14.36571 Lon 98.94125
Erawan National Park Ranger Station. E. W7 (Nong Bon)
Lat 14.43626 Lon 98.94842
Elephants are in this area.. One big one with tusks. Also baby elephants roaming around according to the Rangers
A big area, pretty with light offroad.. Suitable for bigger adventure bikes and beginners.
Heading back towards Baan Ricky
Up and out for a Sunday morning ride..
Burning off going on and hopefully over in the coming weeks.
End of January 2018 with Filip.
Exploring around 50 KM up the road from Baan Ricky at Sai Yok.
Riding through the temple in Sai Yok Yai.
Checking out if it is possible to pass the Ranger Station and get through to the dam on the other side of the mountain.
>> More pics to be added at the beining of the post when roaming around this area next time