Mae Hong Son Hills

Day 1 Arrive in Chang Mai

We will meet you in the late afternoon for a tour briefing and a bike fitting.

Aruntara Hotel

Day 2 Chiang Mai - Samoeng - Mae Rim

We circumvent imposing Doi Suthep to the peaceful Samoeng. Our ride out of Chiang Mai is flat, but soon we start climbing. We have two gentle but steady climbs before taking a break in Samoeng. This area was the first Lanna settlement, who were escaping from a Burmese conqueror in the 18th century. The climbs continue in the afternoon as we ride up to 1,140 m with a viewpoint before starting down to the Mae Sa River valley. We pass orchid farms and other flower fields that are grown for the Chiang Mai market, as well as fields of vegetables cultivated by the Hmong.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 88km
+2030m

Day 3 Mae Rim - Pai Ride

We climb up and over a mountain to get to the next valley. We ascend over 2,000 m and descend about the same amount, so an equalising day lies ahead. Our ride starts nice and flat through rice fields before we start our ascent on a scenic winding road. The views of the mountains are superb as we ride to an altitude of 1,440 m. Then it’s a thrilling 20 km overall downhill, with a few ascents thrown in to make the riding interesting, down to Pai. Our overnight is in a boutique hotel in the centre of town. Our resort is located near the Night Market, ideal for an evening stroll and a fantastic opportunity to sample exotic fruits and local foods.

The Quarter
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 110km
+2136m

Day 4 Pai - Mae Hong Son

We leave the tranquil Pai valley behind, and after 10 km, our first climb begins. When we reach 1,443 m, it's time to take a break and enjoy the view, before we descend through mountain villages. There are, of course, a few more climbs to come, but they will seem like undulating hills. We end our ride at Mae Hong Son, a town nestled in between mountains populated by Shan, whose ancestors came from Shan region in Burma. The hilltribes of the region consist of Karen, Lisu, Mhong, Lahu, and Lua, and each have their own distinct culture. Enjoy the natural surroundings and the pool to give your legs a rest from pedalling.

Rimtarn Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 110km
+2400m

Day 5 Mae Hong Son - Khun Yuam

Today is an easier day in terms of kilometres ridden, but there are still some hills to get over. We are now in hilltribe country, and being so close to the border with Burma, you will no doubt notice a Burmese influence on the architecture. The day will end with an uphill ride to the small traditional village of Khun Yuam.

Mit Khoon Yuam Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 66km
+1100m

Day 6 Khun Yuam - Mae Sariang

We descend more than we ascend, but there is still enough climbing to test those legs. We ride past farms, orchards, forests and will always have mountains as our backdrop. This scenic road will take us directly to quaint Mae Sariang and our riverside hotel.

Riverhouse Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 100km
+1200m

Day 7 Mae Sariang - Mae Cham

Our toughest day awaits, though tomorrow will rival it in steepness. A brutal start with a 20 km climb of 860 m up to the top of the pass at 1,210 m (4,030 ft). The climbing continues as we cross through beautiful mountains and the jungle landscapes. Then we finally have a 10-km descent to enjoy. We'll pass the refugee camps where members of ethnic minorities of Burmese origin have come to escape their homeland. The sheer scale of the camps will astound you. But back to the climbing, as it hasn't ended yet, and a steep 500-m climb will have to be tackled at kilometre 95 before we finish at the town of Mae Chaem.

Duan Raem Chaem Muang House
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 128km
+2890m

Day 8 Mae Cham - Doi Inthanon - Chiang Mai

The kilometres don't look long, but the gradients will be tough today as we climb to the top of Thailand. From Mae Cham, the ascent starts immediately, and for the first 15 km, we climb 870 m. The ride is shady and quite windy, providing some distraction from the burn in your legs. The final 10 km will be the true test, taking us to the "Summit of Thai-land" at 2,565 m. A photograph at the sign marking your accomplishment is a must. Then it's downhill, with a few more ups, to Chom Thon. Here, we'll have a choice of getting in the van and transferring the flat section to Chiang Mai or riding for 65 km more to up today's total to 141 km. Tonight, it's time to celebrate your accomplishment!

Aruntara Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 76km
+2365m
-1847m

Day 9 Departure

Today enjoy a free morning taking in Chiang Mai or attempt the nearby Doi Suthep, before we transfer you from the hotel to the airport for your onward flight.