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 MaiShewe Wana Boutique Resort and SpaD
DAY 2Mae TaengCool Downs ResortB,L,D50km / 30micycling
DAY 3PaiThe QuarterB,L,D100km / 60micycling
DAY 4Mae Hong SonFern ResortB,L,D100km / 48micycling
DAY 5Mae Hong SonFern ResortBcycling
DAY 6Khun YuamMit Khoon Yuam HotelB,L,D60km / 36micycling
DAY 7Mae SariangRiverhouse HotelB,L,D100km / 60micycling
DAY 8Mae ChaemChaem Muang HouseB,L,D100km / 60micycling
DAY 9Chiang MaiShewe Wana Boutique Resort and SpaB,L,D70km / 42micycling
DAY 10Chiang MaiBcycling

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

Arrive in Chiang Mai and settle into your hotel. Today visit some of the classic highlights of Chiang Mai by walk: Wats (temples) like Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep; Patara Elephant Farm where you can bathe, feed elephants and gentle giants. We convene tonight to celebrate the start of our awesome journey on a bike.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Shewe Wana Boutique Resort and Spa
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Day 2: Mae Taeng

After the orientation, we head out for a ride into the valley, just so that you can get oriented to the terrain. Mae Taeng lies on the northern part of the Chiang Mai district, with the River Taeng, making it a rich, verdant area, full of natural off-the-beaten trails to explore. This is a haven for nature lovers.

At night, we can choose to eat at the in-house restaurant, or head to get a taste of local fare. If your palate is new to Thai food, start with the more popular green curry and rice. Be well rested for the next morning, as we start our Thai adventure with a slightly longer day of cycling.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 50km / 30mi
Accommodation: Cool Downs Resort
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Day 3: Pai

Get ready for a long day on a bike today! Pai, situated at the banks of Pai river, is home to numerous waterfalls and hot springs, surrounded by mountains covered with lush tropical forests. Ride the winding terrain combined with gradual climbs from low-lying riverside valleys to steep mountain trails. The descent into Pai is through lush paddy fields.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 100km / 60mi
Accommodation: The Quarter
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Day 4: Mae Hong Son

Today, we cover a significant distance. For those whose legs begin to fail them, there is always a back up! We also come across several villages on the way – perfect to get great photographs of the interiors of Thailand.

As we leave Pai, the initial part has good climb with peak at about 1,450m and then its a sheer drop and we pace out our journey to Mae Hong Son and arrive at this beautiful remote town surrounded by hills. It is one of the bordering towns with Myanmar in this area. The great part of this is that one gets to see the blend of Burmese and Thai and area is inhabited by Shan and H’mong hill tribes.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 100km / 48mi
Accommodation: Fern Resort

Day 5: Mae Hong Son

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

Meals: B
Accommodation: Fern Resort
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Day 6: Khun Yuam

This is a rarely visited destination, so we are likely not to encounter many tourists – pleasantly aloof from Thailand’s massive influx of tourists and lacks the cosmopolitan influence. Our ride today is a bit undulating and runs in parallel to the Burmese border. Another good day on a bike through spectacular mountain scenery.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Mit Khoon Yuam Hotel
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Day 7: Mae Sariang

After being submerged in nature, we take the cycles and ride to the charming riverside town, surrounded by hills and lush paddy fields. Again, the route largely remains undulating with no climb in sight.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 100km / 60mi
Accommodation: Riverhouse Hotel
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Day 8: Mae Chaem

Another long day on bike today with fabulous mountain greenery to give company.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 100km / 60mi
Accommodation: Chaem Muang House
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Day 9: Chiang Mai

This is the last day for soaking in Thailand’s moutain life. We start early to utilize the full day. There is agricultural land as far as your eyes can see.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
Accommodation: Shewe Wana Boutique Resort and Spa

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Travel further as per your onward plans.

Meals: B
Accommodation:

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Dates and Prices

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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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