3 Days Self-Guided Tour "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


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.
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


1 DAY Chiang Mai - Pai 200 km 124 miles
2 DAY Pai - Mae Hong Son 180 km 124 miles
3 DAY Mae Hong Son - Chiang Mai 180 km 110 miles
TOTAL   680 km 423 miles



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

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

We meet at our service center at 8 AM for motorcycle hand over and tour briefing. Quickly leave Chiang Mai behind and start first mountain riding towards Samoeng, first destination for today. A well-deserved coffee break and leg stretcher and the ride continues. The road to Wat Si Witchan is snaking its way over hills and mountains and was just recently fully paved. At Wat Si Witchan have lunch and visit the “Ray Ban” temple. From here is still two hours enjoyable mountain riding to Pai. Before reaching the hotel, stop at an elephant camp and feed those majestic animals and even get a hug from them. In Pai, why not dine on delicious local or western food at a restaurant by the river. In the evening after dinner enjoy the delights of the Walking Street market. Stay overnight in Pai.


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

Today is another beautiful riding day. This is also the second part of the road famous for its 1864 bends of varying sharpness. Passing two mountains with 2 scenic View Points en route. The journey passes through some beautiful mountainous scenery. Around mid-day arrive Ban Rak Thai for 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 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, park your motorcycle. 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. Stay overnight in Mae Hong Son.

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

In the morning ride the Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide twists. In Khun Yuam 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 continue to Mae Chaem on Road 1088 and 1263 on nice twisty back roads. Here is a little local lunch restaurant. Ride 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. Park motorcycle 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 reaching the intersection. The last 50 km or so ride on Road 108 until reaching Bike Tour Asia service center were this three days beautiful ride ends. From there transfer to hotel in Chiang Mai.

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


Vehicle Single Rider Pillion Single Room
BMW (single room) (sharing room) Suppl.
F700 GS 910.- 180.- 100.-
F800 GS 940.- 180.- 100.-
R1200 GS 1,060.- 180.- 100.-

All prices are in USD

  • A deposit of 50% of the total price is payable upon booking. Rest payment is due latest 60 days before departure
  • The tour is guaranteed (if motorcycle type is available). No minimum number of participants needed
  • With 2 Single Riders sharing a double room you can deduct the Single Room Supplement from the Single Rider price
  • 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.

Please note that hotel nights prior and after tour in Chiang Mai are not included. We are pleased to assist you with the booking of hotel nights in Chiang Mai or any other services in connection with the tour! Please let us know.


Included services (Self-Guided)

  • Airport / Hotel / Bike Tour Asia Service Centre transfers in Chiang Mai on arrival / departure date.
  • 2 nights accommodation at good quality and comfortable hotels or resorts, room sharing.
  • Breakfast every day
  • Late model BMW GS Motorcycle rental included 300 km / day, (additional km USD 0,5 / km)
  • GPS, pre-programmed day by day itinerary
  • Introductory itinerary briefing by an experienced tour guide
  • Comprehensive tour script with safety tips, day-by-day itinerary, tips of activities and highlights en route, a hotel list and important contacts
  • Panniers and top box, basic motorcycle crash protection bars etc.
  • Tools & tire repair kits
  • Motorcycle damage coverage (details see under “Insurance”)
  • Bike Tour Asia Highway map of Thailand
  • Bike Tour Asia T-shirt

Not included services (Self-Guided)

  • Hotel nights in Chiang Mai (pre and post tour)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance and third-party liability insurance
  • Fully refundable motorcycle security deposit
  • All services not mentioned as included and all items of a personal nature


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). In case of a damage or loss of the motorcycle you are only liable for a maximum amount up to the level of the security deposit selected (according to the motorcycle type). For more details, please see Terms & Conditions.

All in USD Security deposit  
F700 GS 1,500  
F800 GS 1,700  
R1200 GS 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).

We recommend you take your own travel insurance, including medical and third-party liability, covering motorcycle riding from your home country.



This tour has no fixed departure schedule. Any departure day is possible (subject to availability). If you are interested in this or any similar Self Guided Tour please send us an e-mail at: info@biketourasia.com

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