Mae Hong Son Loop, North Thailand – 1. Introduction

If there is a riding mecca in South East Asia, the Mae Hong Son loop has got to be it. Probably the most popular riding route in Thailand, the Mae Hong Son loop is also known as the road of 1000 hairpin bends. Besides exhilarating bends on well-paved roads, the loop passes through scenic mountain regions blessed with points of interest such as caves, waterfalls, national parks, hot springs, temples and hill tribe villages.

The Mae Hong Son loop provides a good opportunity to visit North Thailand’s rugged north-west frontier. There are many possible side rides to places such as Mae Sa valley or even Chang Rai of golden triangle fame. This region of Thailand is also home to the famous Karen hill tribe. If the name does not ring a bell, the images of women with long necks adorned with brass rings would probably be familiar to you.

Two friends, Al and J, decided to join me on this short weekend getaway. We have rode together in Thailand and Australia many years ago in a controlled environment. So it is a slightly different game for us this time. No trucks or mechanics would be as readily available as before.

Having rode alone for my previous trips, I am glad for the company. Riding solo can be a lonely affair at times. It’s great to have friends who think that long distance riding can be fun.

The Mae Hong Son Loop, North Thailand report is divided into the following sections:

  1. Introduction (You are here)
  2. Route & Motorcycle
  3. Journey Day 1 (Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon to Khun Yuam)
  4. Journey Day 2-3 (Khun Yuam to Mae Hong Son to Pai to Chiangmai)
  5. Resources

Disclaimer: This trip was taken in October 2007. The information is provided ‘as is’ with no warranties and confers no rights. Please feel free to post a comment. πŸ™‚

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