Mae Hong Son loop again

OZZYGUY

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Its been 3 years since I did the loop and will be taking off again on the 21st March with some friends.

What's along the way that's worth a look???. Also being dry and hot is there any swimming places I'm guessing the water falls will be dry.

I was planning
CM to Pai the first day.
Then 2nd day Pai to Mae Hong Son
Then 3rd day Mae Hong son, Khun Yuam, Mae Surin waterfall to Mae Sariang for the night.
Then day 4 Mae Sariang to Doi Inthanon and back to CM,

I have a mate with me that doesn't have a lot of riding experience. I am a little worried about the distance for him so may take the short route will see how he goes.

Any suggestions?
 

Ian Forbes

New member
OZZYGUY;319204 said:
Its been 3 years since I did the loop and will be taking off again on the 21st March with some friends.

What's along the way that's worth a look???. Also being dry and hot is there any swimming places I'm guessing the water falls will be dry.

I was planning
CM to Pai the first day.
Then 2nd day Pai to Mae Hong Son
Then 3rd day Mae Hong son, Khun Yuam, Mae Surin waterfall to Mae Sariang for the night.
Then day 4 Mae Sariang to Doi Inthanon and back to CM,

I have a mate with me that doesn't have a lot of riding experience. I am a little worried about the distance for him so may take the short route will see how he goes.

Any suggestions?
I'll try to join you guys. It's really only an easy 3 day trip... 200 km per day with stops along the way.
 

OZZYGUY

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Welcome to Ian, think Peter was joining us to Pai.

Last time I did it in 3 days

I booked a night at Baan Pai Riverside Resort in Pai but the rest will take it as it comes.
 

OZZYGUY

Well-known member
Moo Uaon;319224 said:
absolutely nothing at Khun Yuam. accommodation options there?

much better to stay 2 nights at Mae Sariang (or Pai),IMO. you could go for a ride down the 105 towards Tak and turnaround and head back. plenty to do and see around there.

the caves are between Pai and MHS. might be worth a look as it's only a short trip between towns.

Pai canyon...
Rather ride my MTB bike along that ridge......55

We can go straight through Khun Yuam to Mae Sariang then. Yeah was thinking the caves. Got a bit lost last time and didn't see them.

Last time I ended up at some mud spa think it was near MHS. Was a good laugh with the mud all over us. Would like to go back to that if I can find it.
 

Moo Uaon

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^ young rivo got knocked back on the kok river cruise last month because the water wasn't high enough.

the sources of those 2 areas come from the same region.
 

kaptainrob

Administrator
Moo Uaon;319252 said:
^ young rivo got knocked back on the kok river cruise last month because the water wasn't high enough.

the sources of those 2 areas come from the same region.
True but ... bit of a difference between cruise and swim depth. Pang Mapha caves would hold water all year and the open swimming area is like a lagoon.
 

Ian Forbes

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I've been all over that country between Mae Sariang and Mae Hong Son. I would rather go there than Pai. I've even got home made maps with GPS co-ordinates. The rivers are big enough to swim in.

You will be fighting the fucking silver vans from Mae Taeng to Pai. They START to thin out as you go towards Mae Hong Son. I prefer to start at the southern route and go to Mae Sariang first.

There are some nice caves in a national park just east of Mae La Noi. There are some inexpensive little A-frame cabins where I usually stay in Mae La Noi.



Or a bit more upscale accommodation at the Mae La Noi resort.

 

Ian Forbes

New member
Mae Hong Son market area in the evening



There's not really a whole lot to do in that town... but sleep.



Road hazards are pretty common, so you have to pay attention. And, the fucking silver vans traveling in a convoy will NOT give way even if they are traveling in your lane and coming right at you.

 

Ian Forbes

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The 10 km road out to see the caves from Mae La Noi is quite pretty, but you are not allowed to take photos while IN the cave. There is a steep, winding road that goes up from the parking and you have to leave your bikes and cars at the park office at the bottom. You get a ride up on a songtow. I chose to walk back down.









I preferred to explore the Yuam river and search for mahseer to catch



One pool I knew had mahseer I was about to fish and some young ladies came down for a swim and beat me to it.



I had caught mahseer there before.

 

OZZYGUY

Well-known member
Whats the road like after MHS when you turn off the 108 and head to Doi Inthanon cutting out Mae Sariang (Plan B if its too much for them)
 

Rivo

New member
OZZYGUY;319302 said:
Whats the road like after MHS when you turn off the 108 and head to Doi Inthanon cutting out Mae Sariang (Plan B if its too much for them)

Most people will tell you that the road is very poor, I have done that route twice now, last time was last year, and alot of the road has been upgraded and its fine, lots of market gardens out that way and some steep hills, getting stuck behind a loaded up pickup will be about your biggest worry, no problem on bikes though.


PM Norabunga as he knows that shortcut like the back of his hand.


Like Ian I prefer to go to Mae Sarieng first and then upto MHS then onto Pai then back to CM
























 

Rivo

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kaptainrob;319254 said:
True but ... bit of a difference between cruise and swim depth. Pang Mapha caves would hold water all year and the open swimming area is like a lagoon.

Ozzy you could ring Cave Lodge when in CM and get an update on water levels, I doubt the river would be flowing too much, probably have a few swimming holes though.....................................














 

Moo Uaon

Well-known member
Rivo;319305 said:
Most people will tell you that the road is very poor, I have done that route twice now, last time was last year, and alot of the road has been upgraded and its fine, lots of market gardens out that way and some steep hills, getting stuck behind a loaded up pickup will be about your biggest worry, no problem on bikes though.
even the odd trail bike to commandeer 555



that way is something like 160kms shorter.

 
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