Mae Hong Son Loop Tour
On the Mae Hong Son Loop tour, we will take you to explore the cultural and natural beauty of one of the most traditional and authentic regions in Thailand. We will travel through Pai, Mae Hong Son and Mae Sariang, journeying across beautiful landscapes that form the most mountainous and forested province in Thailand. You will experience the local way of life of hilltribes and Thais, in the unique cultural setting of Mae Hong Son which is influenced by Shan ethnic minority culture and neighbouring Myanmar.
DAY 1 : Chiang Mai to Pai
Pick up from Chiang Mai and depart for Pai (3 hour drive)
On the way out of the tourist circuit of Chiang Mai we will stop for optional activities such as; Bamboo rafting, Tiger Kingdom, Insect Zoo, and other activities upon request
Optional Pai Canyon
DAY 2 : Pai to Mae Hong Son
Travel from Pai to Mae Hong Son (2hrs drive).
Enjoy the scenic mountain drive and landscape views that the Mae Hong Son Loop is famous for. On the way we will stop at viewpoints for pictures
- Visit an authentic Lisu hill tribe village. Learn about Lisu culture and way of life
- Visit local markets along the way
- Take a longtail boat on the serene Pai river to visit to a Karen Long neck (Kayan) village. Through our relationships with the villagers, you’ll have the unique chance to chat one-on-one, with a Karen Long neck lady who will be your guide around the village. She’ll be happy to share their culture and practice her English with you. Learn firsthand about the fascinating way of life for the Kayan Long neck women.
- Overnight: Kayan Long neck homestay or Local guesthouse in Mae Hong Son town
DAY 3 : Around Mae Hong Son
Visit Mae Hong Son town; Wat Jong Kham (Shan style temple) and Jong Kham Lake, Mae Hong Son market and Wat Doi Gong Mu (hilltop temple) for view overlooking Mae hong son valley
Depart Mae Hong Son for Mae Chaem. Pass through the traditional town of Khun Yuam, and visit Wat Tor Pae (Shan style temple). Stop to visit aspects of local life along the way, like the Karen or Hmong farmers and villages. Visit a traditional Tai Lue (ethnic minority) village, famous for its beautiful textile production and weaving cooperative.
Overnight: Mae Chaem
DAY 4 : Mae Chaem to Doi Inthanon
Optional visit to Doi Inthanon National Park and mountain. On the drive up to the top, visit Wachiratharn waterfall and two royal chedis. Visit the summit (Thailand’s highest point) and a short walk on the Angkha trail.
Overnight: Mae Wang
DAY 5 : Back to Chiang Mai
Optional visit to an elephant camp (morning). We visit a small elephant camp (no riding). Afternoon- back to Chiang Mai, drop off at your hotel