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4 Days Mae Hong Son Motorcycle Tour in Thailand

Pai, Mae Hong Soon Province, Thailand

Stunning Thailand Motorcycle Tour

"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!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield, Triumph or Honda)
  • Mileage: approximately 600 kilometers / 373 miles
  • Daily rides: approximately 150 kilometers / 94 miles
  • Riding gear: included: riding jacket and helmet
  • Meals: breakfasts and lunches

Meet the guides

Duncan & Jeff
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Chiang Mai
  • Ride through the scenic 1864 curves of Mae Hong Son Loop
  • Enjoy the ethnic feel of Mae Hong Son as it is close to the Burmese border
  • Take the ferry to a village where the Karen “Long Necks” (Padaung tribe) live
  • Enjoy a lunch stop at a beautiful waterfall at the foot of Doi Inthanon
  • Use of the swimming pool at the hotels
  • 3 nights accommodation

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4 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Thai
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in private rooms in hotels carefully chosen by TBB Tours.

Program

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:

Day 1: Chiang Mai to Pai

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.

Day 2: Pai to Mae Hong Son

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).

Day 3: Mae Hong Son to Mae Sarieng

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.

Day 4: Mae Sarieng to Chiang Mai

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”

Skill level required

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.

Note:

The bikes to choose from are:

  • Royal Enfield 500cc Classic electric start single cylinder bike built in the best of British traditions with very little refinements
  • Triumph Bonneville T100 360-degree parallel-twin, superb for two up riding or those who want a little more power and refinement
  • Honda CB1100EX inline air cooled four DOHC retro classic version of the original 1969 CB750 offering sublime smoothness and modern refinements with a stunning classic look

Guides

Duncan Green

Jeff Pike

Location

This tour will take place in Thailand, from Chiang Mai to Pai, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang and back to Chiang Mai.

Food

A variety of good local food is on offer in all locations and also Western options available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Bikes
  • Riding jacket and helmet
  • Fuel
  • Insurance
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Any admission fees
  • VAT

What's not included

  • Alcohol
  • Evening meals
  • Optional extra visits

How to get there

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Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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4 days / 3 nights
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Tour Information

This tour requires a minimum of two (2) participants.

Availability

There is a summer break between March and September. Tours can be run on demand. Please send your inquiry for further details.

 

Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel the tour over 30 days before the start of the tour, 50% of the deposit will be refunded.
  • If you cancel the tour 30 to 15 days before the start of the tour, 25% of the deposit will be refunded.
  • If you cancel the tour less than 15 days before the start of the tour, no refund will be given.
  • Refunds will be net of any PayPal or broker charges incurred during the refund process.
Thursday November 28, 2019
(4 days / 3 nights)

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