MAE HONG SON LOOP (3 DAYS)
- Day 1: Chiang Mai - Mae Sariang We first visit Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, and then ride to Mae Sariang. The town of Mae Sariang retains the charm, culture, and character of yore, something that is often missing in many tourist areas.
- Day 2: Mae Sariang - Mae Hong Son - Pai The next destination is the capital of this charming province, Mae Hong Son town, which is also the halfway-point on the loop. The route takes you through Khun Yuam and offers the opportunity to see many attractions unique to the area such as caves and hot springs. The town boasts numerous temples, the most famous of them is Wat Doi Kong Mu which sits on a hilltop and offers spectacular aerial views of the town below.We take you on highway 1095 from Mae Hong Son to Pai, and is arguably one of the most scenic drives in Northern Thailand. Popular among hippies, Thais and visitors alike, Pai is more "new age" than traditional northern Thai. This small town is filled with cafes, western restaurants, bookstores souvenir shops, tattoo parlours and inexpensive guesthouses. Don't mistake this stop as a tourist trap though, its underlying chill has a robust charm that will make you want to return.
- Day 3: Pai - Chiang Mai After spending time in Pai and taking some special detours, we set off along Route 1095 through the rugged mountains of Mae Hong Son and back to Chiang Mai. The first part of this road has a lot of curves and is probably the most demanding section of the loop, but tons of fun!
Chiang Mai, the Kingdom’s second-largest city, is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture coexisting side by side. The centre of Chiang Mai is retained within ancient walls. Chiang Mai today is a city of art and culture. More.....
Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand (2565 metres). Temperatures on Doi Inthanon are refreshing all year round and regularly dip below freezing during the cool season (October to February). Doi Inthanon National Park is roughly 70 km southwest of Chiang Mai. It takes about just over an hour to ride from our HQ in Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon. More....
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son is actually a mountainous province in northern Thailand, bordering Myanmar (Burma). It's sparsely populated and is home to many hill tribes. The capital, also called Mae Hong Son, is a gateway to some of the most exhilarating motorcycle routes. More....
Pai is a small town located in the Mae Hong Son province. Situated in a mountain valley, offering riders a laid-back way of life, and superb views of jungle-green mountains and epic sunsets. The road to Pai has 762 turns! More....