4 Days Self-Guided Tour "Greater Mae Hong Son Loop"
If you have four days at your disposal, “Ride the Greater Mae Hong Son Loop”. This itinerary covers one of the best riding in Thailand. It’s a four-day tour with endless curves, good paved urban roads, spectacular scenery passing through endless villages, rice paddies, hill tribes etc. The daily distances are “just right”, meaning enough time to explore and enjoy scenery, sights and hotels. Not known to many, the mountains you are riding during this tour belongs to the Himalayan mountain ridge.
Among the landmarks are the road less traveled to Pai. The town of Pai with its night market, endless bars and restaurants, a back-packer magnet. A Chinese village up in the mountains next to the Myanmar border named Ban Rak Thai. A boat ride to a village of the Long Neck Karen hill tribe. Along the Thai – Myanmar border to the local town of Mae Sariang. Riding motorcycle to the peak of Doi Inthanon which at 2,565 meters is Thailand’s highest mountain before returning back to Chiang Mai.
Every day we will feast on local Thai cuisine. Western dishes are usually available at dinners.
AT A GLANCE
|START / FINISH:||Bike Tour Asia Service Center / Chiang Mai|
|NEAREST AIRPORT:||Chiang Mai International Airport|
|DURATION:||4 Riding Days|
|ROUTE:||Total distance: approximately 810 km’s (500 miles)|
|DAILY ROUTE:||Daily distance: 180 to 250 km’s (112 to 155 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 to Mae Sariang, Long Neck Hill Tribe, Doi Inthanon (Thailand’s highest mountain), endless curves and stunning scenery|
|Day||From - To||km||miles|
|1||Chiang Mai - Pai||200||124|
|2||Pai - Mae Hong Son||180||112|
|3||Mae Hong Son - Mae Sariang||180||112|
|4||Mae Sariang - Chiang Mai||250||155|
DAY BY DAY
1. Day Chiang Mai – Pai (-/-/-)
Meet at our service center at 8 AM for motorcycle hand over and tour briefing. Once on motorcycles 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 back on motorcycle again. The road to Wat Si Witchan is snaking its way over hills and mountains and was just recently fully paved. Lunch at Wat Si Witchan, and visit the “Ray Ban” temple. From here enjoy remaining two hours mountain riding to Pai. Before reaching hotel, stop at an elephant camp, feed those majestic animals and even get a hug from them. In Pai dine on delicious local or western food in a restaurant by the river or along the walking street. 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 another beautiful riding day ahead. This is also the second part of the road famous for its 1864 bends of varying sharpness. Pass two mountains with 2 scenic View Points en route. The journey goes through some beautiful mountainous scenery. Around mid-day arrive Ban Rak Thai, 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 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 Mong Son – Mae Sariang (B/-/-)
In the morning ride the Road 108 from Mae Hong Son to Khun Yuam. It is a great winding road with wide twists. Short break at the lovely scenic place, great photo opportunity and something to drink. 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 on roads less traveled to the village of Pratu Muang for a local lunch. Further on narrow and twisty urban roads for an hour before reaching the main road to Mae Sariang, end destination for today. Mae Sariang is a small town alongside the Yuam River, located near the Myanmar border. Overnight Mae Sariang.
4. Day Mae Sariang – Chiang Mai (B/-/-)
The early risers may visit the local morning market and give alms to the monks. The idea of the alms giving is for the Buddhist monks to make merit and also to collect food for their one meal of a day. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience an ancient Buddhist tradition. If you are already up, take the opportunity to visit the local wet market, quite an experience. After breakfast back on the road in east direction towards the top of Thailand, 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 we reach the intersection. The last 50 km or so ride on Road 108 until reaching Bike Tour Asia service center were this beautiful tour is ending. From there transfer to hotel in Chiang Mai.
|Vehicle||Single Rider||Pillion||Single Room|
|BMW||(single room)||(sharing room)||Suppl.|
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.
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 services (Self-Guided)
- Airport / Hotel / Bike Tour Asia Service Centre transfers in Chiang Mai on arrival / departure date.
- 3 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)
- 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). 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|
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.
CHOOSE YOUR DATE
Choose your desired tour date – all year round. The tours are guaranteed (subject to motorcycle availability).
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