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"Legendary", "awesome", "phenomenal" - these adjectives and more are frequently used to try and describe the experience of riding the Mae Hong Son Loop. One thousand, eight hundred and sixty four curves between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son and double that in total on a route 600-kilometer long - that is a lot of bend-swinging!
During this tour, you will be accommodated in private rooms in hotels carefully chosen by TBB Tours.
TBB Tours would like to introduce you to what has often been described as “one of the world’s top ten motorcycle rides”. They are fortunate as this is right on their doorstep so they have built a great four-day tour for your enjoyment. Mae Hong Son Province is officially the most mountainous province in Thailand so as you may imagine, that means it is under-populated and has great roads with stunning scenery!
The tour is run over four days and three nights with the itinerary as follows:
Depart the shop after completing the necessary formalities and getting kitted up and head north out of the city. The fun starts about 30 kilometers from Chiang Mai when you turn onto the Pai road. This has been completely resurfaced since March 2016 and is a riders' dream - a mix of fast flowing curves and tighter switchbacks to keep you on your toes.
You will stop for snacks and lunch along the way and aim to arrive in Pai by approximately 3 p.m. to take advantage of the fact that the hotel you use there has a pool. The evening can be spent wandering the “walking street” market and / or shacked up in one of many bars / restaurants serving an excellent choice of dishes.
In this writer’s view, probably the sweetest section of the loop will be ridden today. It is a favourite for the combo of fantastic roads, lack of traffic, and beautiful scenery. It is not that far (about 150 kilometers) but as with all TBB Tours' tours, they try to avoid going directly. You will be taken to a picturesque Chinese village right on the Burmese border for lunch at a restaurant situated on a lake and then backtrack to the main road and arrive in Mae Hong Son mid to late afternoon as again, the hotel you normally stay at has a pool.
Mae Hong Son has a very ethnic feel about it as it is close to the Burmese border and the Shan state. There is a good choice of restaurants and again, as in Pai, a nightly walking street (much smaller than Pai).
After breakfast, you will leave MHS and head towards the border where you will swap the bikes for a long-tail boat which will ferry you to a village where the Karen “Long Necks” (Padaung tribe) live. These are the ladies with the brass rings on their necks.
Leaving the Karen people, you head south, stop for lunch and a trip around the Japanese War Museum, then make your way again, along fast, grippy tarmac to your final overnight stop at Mae Sarieng. Once more, the hotel has a great pool and is situated on the Salween River and also hosts a nice restaurant.
After breakfast by the river, you start your journey back via peaceful remote pine forests before heading to the foot of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain at 2,565 meters. It is a lunch stop at a beautiful waterfall in Doi Inthanon National Park then you aim to be back in Chiang Mai for approximately 4 p.m. That’s it, congratulations, you have now completed the famous “Mae Hong Son Loop”
This is a tour suitable for anyone with a reasonable amount of “big bike” experience and pillions are welcome. You will not ride extremely fast and definitely not recklessly, but you must be competent and comfortable with speeds averaging between 80 - 120 kph.
The bikes to choose from are:
Originally hailed from Somerset in the UK, Duncan has been living in Thailand for many years, primarily to ride motorcycles on the brilliant roads throughout the country. Duncan moved to Chiang Mai in 2010 where he met Jeff via the shop. The two became firm friends and riding buddies. He subsequently joined Jeff in 2013 to replace Tony. He is a very proficient rider both on and off the road and his stable currently includes a Triumph Tiger 1050, Honda CB1100EX, Suzuki GSX1400, and tweaked Honda CRF250.
Jeff is a passionate biker. He is originally from Poole, Dorset, in England and has been legally riding since 1979. He visited Southeast Asia in 2001 for an off-road motorcycle tour to Laos based out of Chiang Mai. He fell in love with the place and after many subsequent visits, he also fell in love with a local girl and relocated here in 2005. Jeff's pride and joy are his beautifully tuned and lightly customized Triumph Bonneville. He also owns a Royal Enfield Classic 500 back in England, which gets ridden once a year.
This tour will take place in Thailand, from Chiang Mai to Pai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang and back to Chiang Mai.
A variety of good local food is on offer in all locations and also Western options available.
Chiang Mai International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX).
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