The road most travelled to San Kamphaeng, the famed handicraft district on the outskirts of Chiang Mai City, can be heavily populated with tourists _ at times almost unbearably so. However, rather than relying on Highway 1006, there is another option. The bypass road, Highway 1317, features a number of new attractions that are worth a visit.
The road east from Chiang Mai City is being widened to four lanes (or more) in some sections, and workers and bulldozers are busy side by side. But don't let that put you off, there are vast grasslands and rice paddies to be seen along the highway that runs from the eastern outskirts of Chiang Mai to the southern edge of San Kamphaeng.
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