3 Days - "Famous Mae Hong Son Loop"

A frequent question we get is; we have never been to north Thailand, we only have couple of days-time, what can you recommend to us? Our answer is always the same, “Ride the famous Mae Hong Son Loop”.

This itinerary covers one of the best riding in Thailand. It’s a three-day tour with endless curves, good paved urban roads through spectacular scenery passing through endless villages, rice paddies, hill tribes etc. Not known to many, the mountains you are riding during this tour belongs to the Himalayan mountain ridge.

Known as the Mae Hong Son Loop this trip begins and ends in Chiang Mai and is most famous for having 1,864 bends along a 300 km stretch (don’t worry - there are countless more corners to ride during those three days)

The route in Google Maps

AT A GLANCE

START / FINISH: Chiang Mai (Bike Tour Asia Service Center)
NEAREST AIRPORT: Chiang Mai International Airport
DURATION: 3 riding days
ROUTE: Total distance: approximately 680 km's (423 miles)
DAILY ROUTE: Daily distance: 180 to 300 km’s (112 to 186 miles)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities.
REST DAY: None
HIGHLIGHTS: Famous 1,864 curves to Mae Hong Son, the small town of Pai, Ban Rak Thai (Chinese village), riding along the Myanmar border, Long Neck Hill Tribe, Doi Inthanon (Thailand’s highest mountain), endless curves and stunning scenery
   

ITINERARY

       
1 DAY Chiang Mai - Pai 200 km 124 miles
2 DAY Pai - Mae Hong Son 180 km 112 miles
3 DAY Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai 300 km 186 miles
TOTAL   680 km 423 miles

DAY BY DAY

(B/L/D) = (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

1. Day / Chiang Mai - Pai (-/L/D)

We meet at our service center at 8 AM for motorcycle hand over and tour briefing. Once on our motorcycles we quickly leave Chiang Mai behind and start our first mountain riding towards Samoeng, our first destination for today. A well-deserved coffee break and leg stretcher and we are back on our motorcycles again. The road to Wat Si Witchan is snaking its way over hills and mountains and was just recently fully paved. At Wat Si Witchan we have lunch and visit the “Ray Ban” temple. From here we still have two hours enjoyable mountain riding to Pai. Before reaching our hotel we stop at an elephant camp were we feed those majestic animals and even get a hug from them. In Pai we dine on delicious local or western food in a restaurant by the river. In the evening after dinner you can enjoy the delights of the Walking Street market. We stay overnight in Pai.

2. Day / Pai - Mae Hong Son (B/L/D)

Today we have another beautiful riding day in front of us. This is also the second part of the road famous for its 1864 bends of varying sharpness. We pass two mountains with 2 scenic View Points en route. The journey takes us through some beautiful mountainous scenery. Around mid-day we arrive Ban Rak Thai where we have lunch in one of the local Chinese restaurants by the little lake. They serve delicious Chinese specialties. Ban Rak Thai means literally "the Thai-loving village", built around a lake on the Myanmar border. About 800, mainly Chinese settled here after the communist takeover of China and some of the buildings have a distinctively Chinese appearance.

After lunch we continue to Mae Hong Son and up the hill to visit the Wat Phrathat Doi Kongmu. From here you have a great view over the city and its surroundings.

Next destination is the pier were we park our motorcycles. Enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Pai River for about 20 min to the Karen Long Neck village (http://www.huaypukeng.com/info_visitor.htm). The Karen, a tribal minority, historically lived in the hills on the Myanmar side of the border. Some of their women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. Many ideas regarding why the coils are worn have been suggested. Some have hypothesized that the rings protected women from becoming slaves by making them less attractive to other tribes. Another theory is that the coils originate from the desire to look more attractive. Return by boat to the pier and ride to the nearby resort. We stay overnight in Mae Hong Son.

3. Day / Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai (B/L/-)

In the morning we drive the Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide twists. In Khun Yuam we visit the local War Museum. The Imperial Japanese Army troops were stationed in Khun Yuam during the construction of a highway intended to cross Burma to India. Tip: Ask the museum staff to show the video about the history (approx. 10 min, included). Next to the museum there is a Coffee Shop and a 7/11 store. From Khun Yuam we continue to Mae Chaem on Road 1088 and 1263 on nice twisty back roads. Here is a little local restaurant were we have lunch. Drive on Road 1192 and turn left on Road 1009 up to the top of Doi Inthanon, which at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain in Thailand. We will park our motorcycles and walk up to the absolute peak and the little pagoda.

Next stop is the Vachiratharn Waterfall - an impressive and powerful 80 m high waterfall. Continue on Road 1009 until we reach the intersection. The last 50 km or so we will drive on Road 108 until reaching Bike Tour Asia service center were we end the ride. From there transfer to hotel in Chiang Mai.

Remark: All of the indicated times and distances are approximately.

TOUR PRICES

Vehicle Single Rider Pillion Single Room
BMW (sharing room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 1,063.- 449.- 100.-
F800 GS 1,063.- 449.- 100.-
R1200 GS 1,183.- 449.- 100.-

(all prices are in USD)

Remarks
  • A deposit of 50% of the total price is payable upon booking. Rest payment is due latest 60 days before departure
  • The above prices are based for a group of 5 riders. If you come with less than 5 riders please contact us for a price offer
  • The price for a single rider in a sharing room requires another single rider booking with the same request. If there is no other request for room sharing we will have to charge you the single room supplement
  • Prices include 7% VAT
  • The tour starts and ends at Bike Tour Asia Service Center ( Service Center Gmaps)

Due to the lengths of your International flight and the time difference you may have to leave your country a day earlier, subsequently you will arrive one day later back home. Please book your flights accordingly!

Route itinerary and destination may be subject to change in case of force majeure, weather conditions, road conditions and any other significant circumstances.

We are pleased to assist you with the booking of additional nights in Chiang Mai or any other services in connection with the tour! Please let us know.

WHAT IS INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

Included in the tour price

  • Airport / Hotel / Bike Tour Asia transfers in Chiang Mai on arrival / departure date.
  • 2 nights at carefully selected quality hotels and resorts with leisure facilities
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches as stated (excluded during rest day)
  • 2 Dinners as stated
  • Water, soft drinks and coffee / tea in connection with the meals
  • Late model BMW GS Motorcycle rental with unlimited mileage
  • Panniers and top box, basic motorcycle crash protection bars etc.
  • Tools & tire repair kits & service
  • Third Party liability insurance and a motorcycle damage coverage (details see under “Insurance”)
  • Experienced tour guide on own motorcycle, including all related costs
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Bike Tour Asia Highway map of Thailand
  • Bike Tour Asia T-shirt
  • Road book, day by day itinerary, highlights, points of interest, emergency numbers etc.

Not included

  • Flights
  • Tour pre and post nights in Chiang Mai
  • Personal Items, gifts, snacks, etc.
  • Special activities (rafting, fishing, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Fully refundable motorcycle security deposit
  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature

MOTORCYCLE DAMAGE & LOSS COVERAGE / TRAVEL ACCIDENT INSURANCE

A security deposit according to the below list is to be presented through electronic blocking of funds on your credit card (Mastercard/Visa) or in cash upon hand-over of the motorcycle. The full amount will be electronically unblocked on your credit card or cash refunded after the tour (if no damage or loss of the motorcycle occurred). For more details, please see Terms & Conditions.

Motorcycle Type Security Deposit (all in USD)
BMW F700GS 1,500
BMW F800GS 1,700
BMW R1200GS 2,500

Included for riding in Thailand is a motorcycle damage & loss coverage with a maximum deductible amount up to the level of the security deposit (according the motorcycle type).

Travel Accident Insurance, by AXA Insurance Company, is included in all BTA Guided Tour prices.

Limit of Liability: (All in USD)

Loss of Life, Sight, Dismemberment, Total Permanent Disability 30,000
Accidental Medical Expenses 15,000
Personal Liability 3,000
Public Liability 300,000

Underlying coverage is in Thai Baht’s and converted into USD using exchange rate 1 USD = 32 Baht

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TOUR DATES

This tour is open for your own private group. Please choose your desired dates - all year round and come with your friends, club or company (subject to motorcycle availability).

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