Mae Hong Son Loop by Motorbike in Thailand

Mae Hong Son Loop listed as one of the top destinations for two-wheels riders. The mountain roads offer continuous twits and turns more than your life can ever do 1860 turns and more than 600 km that best experienced by motorbike. Full with authentic local experience, adventure that came out of the blue, a good company that we always look after each other on the ride. We met some strangers along the way and ended up finishing the loop together. Life is full of surprises Never expect an easy road 


Mae Hong Son Loop Travel Plan

Day1 : Chiang Mai Town, Op Luang National Park, Mae Sariang

Day2 : Mae Sariang Temples, Tham Kaeo Komon Forest Park, Pha Bong View Point, Wat Phra That Doi Kongmu

Day3 : Mae Hong Son Trekking, Pang Oung, Ban Rak Thai

Day4 : Fish Cave, Pang Mapha Viewpoint, Nam Lod Cave, Doi Kio Lom Viewpoint, Pai Walking Street

Day5 : Off Road and Rough Terrain, Back to Chiang Mai

 

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Best Things To See in Mae Hong Son Loop, Thailand

Doi Inthanon

Most riders will include Doi Inthanon National Park into Mae Hong Son Loop, as it located on the way from Chiang Mai Town to Mae Hong Son

 

*Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai Travel Guide

 

Wachirathan Waterfall Doi Inthanon Chiang Mai Thailand


Op Luang National Park

Op Luang National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติออบหลวง) located in Hang Don, Chang Mai (drove 105km along highway No.108 from Chiang Mai towards Hot – Mae Sariang Road). The landscape with limestones mountain ranges that has Mae Chaem River run through the majestic canyon became the highlight of this national park

 

Ob Luang offers the outdoor adventure from rafting, hiking and camping. The accommodation such as tent and bungalow can be rented and booked directly with the National Park. Make sure to reserve in advance, especially in high season (Oct-Jan)

 

It was raining the day before, river stream was quite strong on that day – the activities offered might be changed depends on the water level. The warning sign was ‘Danger’ at the time we went there

 

Tips: Entrance Fee Thai Child 20THB Adult 40THB / Foreigner Child 100THB, Adult 200THB, Open Daily 06.00 – 18.00)

 

Op Luang National Park in Chiang Mai Thailand
Op Luang National Park in Chiang Mai Thailand

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Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son

Mae Sariang (แม่สะเรียง) or Muang Yuam (เมืองยวม) located in the Northwest, next to Myanmar border, the second biggest town of Mae Hong Son. Famously known for Phra That Si Chom (Phra That = Stupa) or the four main temples that located up in the mountain in the four direction of the town

 

We spent half of our morning strolling around town and checking out these temples that gained respect and worshiped by the locals since Lan Na Kingdom (one of the first major kingdoms in Thailand history; which had ‘Chiang Mai’ as the capital city back then)

 

Zone A : Phra That Chom Chaeng (วัดพระธาตุจอมแจ้ง), Phra That Chom Thong (วัดพระธาตุศรีจอมทองวรวิหาร)

Zone B : Phra That Chom Kitti (วัดพระธาตุจอมกิต), Phra That Chom Mon (วัดพระธาตุจอมมอญ)

 

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Explore Mae Hong Son Town

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Point of Interests:

  • Tham Kaeo Komon Forest Park
  • Pha Bong View Point
  • Wat Phra That Doi Kongmu
  • Mae Hong Son Trekking
  • Pang Oung
  • Ban Rak Thai
  • Fish Cave
  • Pang Mapha Viewpoint
Ban Rak Thai Mae Hong Son Thailand


Pai

A lovely hippy village in Mae Hong Son. One of the most loved city for all the backpackers out there. You might absolute love it or hate it,

My initial plan to stay in Pai was 4days but ended up staying there for about 2weeks. The city couldn’t be more chill

Point of Interests:

  • Pai Canyon
  • Night Walking Street
  • Bamboo Bridge
  • Hot Springs
  • Pam Bok Waterfall
  • Mo Paeng Waterfall
  • Santichon Chinese Village
  • Wat Phra That Mae Yen
  • Tubing in Pai River
  • Japanese Bridge
  • Tham Lod Cave
  • Doi Kio Lom Viewpoint
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Best Time To Do Mae Hong Son Loop

Dry seasons served best

The ideal month would be Nov to Feb (cool and comfortable weather, more pleasant to do the outdoor activities). Feb-Apr (hot and bad weather condition, pollution and smoky as local farming burn the stubble, low visibility, face mask is highly suggested), Jun-Oct (Monsoon season, prepare things with waterproof)

 

Mae Hong Son Loop by Motorbike in Thailand


How To Pack To Mae Hong Son Loop

Your things will be attached on the back of the motorcycle, choose the small to medium backpack, so you will have some room available to sit


Things To Note:

*Stay Hydrate! always bring a bottle of water along

*I kept my flipflop, rain coat, and plastic bag in the pink bag – so it will be more convenience to unpack when it rain

*Fill up the gas to be full. Better before you packed your things (so you don’t need to un-attach the strings too many times)

What To Bring To Mae Hong Son Loop:

  • Windbreaker, jacket, or sweater
  • X days changes of clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Shoes (solid one, flipflop can be use as additional)
  • Medicine
  • Sunscreen, Insect repellent, sunglasses, scarf
  • Phone, camera, chargers
  • Cash
  • Rain coat and plastic bag (to cover the backpack)
  • String (to attach the backpack to motorcycle)
  • Gloves for driving (it really help when it hot/sweat)
Mae Hong Son Loop by Motorbike in Thailand


Motorcycle For Mae Hong Son Loop

Most people start the journey from Chiang Mai and it is the hub for motorcycle rental. Many choices of shops and variety of motorcycle type to choose from. For this kind of ride, the bigger engine the better

Mine was Honda Click 160cc. It done quite well on the loop to be fair (and the seat was comfy!)

*If you have insufficient driving experience or not confident on the twists and turns mountain road. Please consider to take another form of transportation

Things To Keep in Mind:

  • Motorcycle/scooter with the right engine and condition
  • Seat better be comfortable, as you will take much of your time on the road
  • Wear helmet at all time (full cover is better)
  • Gloves for driving was really help
  • Keep driving license and passport with you
  • Insurance
  • Check rental contract condition carefully
Mae Hong Son Loop by Motorbike in Thailand


Driving in The Rain

3 shocking words..  It – was – raining

It was raining the first two day of our Mae Hong Son Loop. The road on Mae Hong Son Loop was a well-paved road with a little (too much) twists and turns, with the rain added up to it – you need to be EXTRA be careful

Be prepare in every condition.. hot, cold, or even the rain. If you were to drive, be confident in every turns.. It really help trust me and be careful !

 

  •  The road was a little slippery. Don’t drive too fast, don’t brake too hard
  • Things will get wet. Prepare rain coat and plastic bag to cover the backpack
  • You will get cold. Sweater and scarf pretty much help
Mae Hong Son Loop by Motorbike in Thailand


Off Road and Rough Terrain

We decided to do some adventure for a bit on the way back from Pai to Chiang Mai… We went on the shortcut way that completely far off the beaten track to reach some waterfall that I can’t even remember the name and got lost in the jungle

 

The rough terrain seem hard for me to be honest. The adventure is good and in life we need some of that, but falling from the bike twice in a row was not that much fun. It was muddy somewhere along the way because of the rain the other day, so the road was pretty much messy

 

We all got landslide, no major injured just bruises (big one). We thought we could handle it so we carried on, the path got smaller and messier, the big tree falling down on the floor that we need to drive through the little space. Not too far from that we found the canal with a broken wooden bridge – we built a new one beside that to get by

Go on to another slippery landslide and a huge broken bridge that doesn’t seem to be fixed, maybe the universe try to stop us from doing this. We (finally) head back the same way

 

The Adventure is The Adventure

 

Mae Hong Son Loop by Motorbike in Thailand
Mae Hong Son Loop by Motorbike in Thailand
Mae Hong Son Loop by Motorbike in Thailand

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Where To Stay In Mae Hong Son Loop

There were many tourist attractions, viewpoints, local experience and the adventure along the way, the plan might be changed. You may want to go on the adventure more or less. In our case it was raining during the ride, so the plan pretty much twisted

You don’t need to book accommodation in advance. There surely will be one available in the city. Pin some of the potential places, check-in wherever the wind blows you to

  • Mae Sariang: River Bank Guest House
    Tips: Find a place near Yuam River/Morning Market

  • Mae Hong Son Town: Palm House
    Tips: Find a place near Night walking street/Nong Jong Kham Public Park

  • Ban Rak Thai: Lake View Guesthouse
    Tips: Find a place around Khuean Nai Mok Reservoir, offer a nice scenery

  • Pai: Home Inn Pai
    Tips: Find a place near Pai walking street, or off the grid into the jungle
Mae Sarieng Hotel in Mae Hong Son Loop in Thailand
Mae Hong Son Loop in Thailand

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