Mae Hong Son Highlands Loop

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Overview

A classic loop of a lifetime in the verdant topography of Thailand’s interiors Mae Hong Son hills. Pedal along to your next destination across misty mountains, through deep valleys and riversides.

This tour takes you through the more remote landlocked region of Mae Hong Son.

Start

Chiang Mai | 13:00hrs

Finish

Chiang Mai

Lodging

casual

Level

moderate to challenging

Avg. dist. cycled

85km or 67mi

Suitable for

Age: 18+

Highlights

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highland loop

A classic rolling highlands loop, one of the best in Thailand

Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

DayPlaceHotelMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1Chiang MaiAksara HeritageD
DAY 2Chom ThongDoi Inthanon Riverside ResortB,L,D75km / 45micycling
DAY 3Bo LuangPak Doi OK Farm StayB,L,D72km / 42micycling
DAY 4Mae SariangRiverhouse HotelB,L,D65km / 40micycling
DAY 5Khum YuanMitKhoonYoum HotelB,L,D100km / 60micycling
DAY 6Mae Hong SonPalmhouse Normal LoftB,L,D70km / 42micycling
DAY 7Mae Hong SonPalmhouse Normal LoftB
DAY 8SoppongSoppong River InnB,L,D68km / 42micycling
DAY 9PaiThe Quarter PaiB,L,D45km / 27micycling
DAY 10Chiang MaiAksara Heritage HotelB,L,D100km / 60micycling
DAY 11DepartureB

Accommodation - Casual Inns

Small luxury and boutique hotels that are true to their heritage and character and reflect local ethos are listed here as Casual Inns. They hold within them an unassuming charm and regional character that is an extension of the destination itself. Most of them fall under the 3-star or 4-star category with a possible mix of homestays.

We have chosen them carefully so that you are well-rested; get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah. The above brief itinerary gives you a clickable list of hotels for your perusal.

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Chiang Mai

Meet with your guides in the early afternoon at our hotel to enjoy a walking tour through parts of the Old City section of Chiang Mai. Discover stupa ruins dating back 700 years and historic wats (temples) sprinkled in among the shops and houses of locals. Gather for orientation and bike fitting before heading out for some excellent Lanna cuisine.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Aksara Heritage
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Day 2: Chom Thong

Avoiding morning rush hour, we will shuttle out to Wiang Khum Kam Visitor Center to start our ride. Cycle around this area where Chiang Mai was originally founded 735 years ago, exploring the ruins of ancient temples. From here the route turns south cycling along the Mae Ping (Ping River) through small villages, past fish farms, and through expansive longan orchards. Tonight we relax riverside at our hotel in Chom Thong.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 75km / 45mi
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Day 3: Bo Luang

After breakfast enjoy a bit more riverside cycling before we turn towards the mountain and start the reason cyclists come here, alpine cycling. Today's ride starts in thick forests of teak and other trees, slowly gaining altitude along the Mae Chaem (Chaem River). Take a walking break to explore the Ob Luang Gorge, before reaching the tiny village of Bo Luang where we spend the night at a farm stay, enjoying a farm-to-table dinner.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 72km / 42mi
Accommodation: Pak Doi OK Farm Stay
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Day 4: Mae Sariang

Our route stays high in the Thong Chai Mountain Range, cycling up and down a number of smaller ridge lines as we cross over what many geologists believe to be the southeastern end of the Himalayas. In the afternoon we enjoy a downhill run to the Yuam River Valley and our overnight stop in Mae Sariang. Relax on the balcony of your room overlooking the river before dinner.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 65km / 40mi
Accommodation: Riverhouse Hotel

Day 5: Khum Yuan

Today you can plan your own day. Spend the day at leisure or take short walk around and explore some Wats.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 100km / 60mi
Accommodation: MitKhoonYoum Hotel
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Day 6: Mae Hong Son

Another day of rolling terrain through forests, farmlands, and small towns. Enjoy photo breaks at several overlooks, then faster descending at the end of the day, a quick stop at Pha Bong Hot Spring before rolling into town. Our hotel sits in rice paddies on the edge of town, yet within walking distance of all the interesting aspects of the town.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
Accommodation: Palmhouse Normal Loft
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Day 7: Mae Hong Son

The day is to your leisure, perhaps stroll around Nong Chong Park to explore the Burmese-style temple complex or the night markets.

Meals: B
Accommodation: Palmhouse Normal Loft
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Day 8: Soppong

Today is what you have been building up your legs for as we tackle a couple of big climbs crossing back over the Thong Chai Mountain Range. Take a short break from cycling to visit Tham Pla the fish cave and So Tong Bamboo Bridge, before starting the first big climb. If time allows go to visit Tham Lod and catch the evening return of some 300,000 swallows to the cave.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 68km / 42mi
Accommodation: Soppong River Inn
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Day 9: Pai

You have one long uphill this morning gaining 1000 meters in 17 kms, then a long downhill runs to the mountain town of Pai. You have the afternoon free to explore this old hippy paradise, perhaps a hot spring visit or ride out to Pai Canyon or simply relax at the hotel.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 45km / 27mi
Accommodation: The Quarter Pai
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Day 10: Chiang Mai

The grand finale of our alpine cycling tour takes us over one of the highest points of the ride and then we start a downhill roller coaster, descending and climbing again and again until we find ourselves at the edge of the Ping River Valley again. We finish our descent out of the mountains into the Ping River Valley. Passing Mae Malai our ride picks up quiet farm roads along the Klong Kiat, an irrigation canal, with beautiful panoramic views of the valley and its surrounding mountains and no traffic. We will end the ride at Wat Mae Ket Noi, with its Good & Evil teaching garden full of rather bizarre and colorful statuary. We shuttle from here to our hotel to avoid downtown traffic.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 100km / 60mi
Accommodation: Aksara Heritage Hotel

Day 11: Departure

Travel further as per your onward travel plans.

Meals: B
Accommodation:

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Dates and Prices

Note:

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Single Supplement

From US $530



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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

bike

Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

shuttle

A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

meals

Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.

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