Mae Hong Son Loop [5D4N]

The classic way to explore the whole province of Mae Hong Son is via the Mae Hong Son Loop. The ‘Loop’ refers to the circular route taken which is an optimal way to cover a lot of sights and activities.

Mae Hong Son Loop Map

Our Mae Hong Son Loop Itinerary shows you the highlights of Doi Inthanon National Park, local villages, and the natural beauty of mountains, waterfalls and cave formations. You spend one night in each of:

Mae Hong Son Loop [5D4N Private Tour]

2 pax = ฿16,100 per person = ฿32,200 total

3 pax = ฿13,400 per person = ฿40,200 total

4 pax = ฿11,000 per person = ฿44,000 total

5+ pax = ฿9,500 per person

7+ pax = ฿7,800 per person

(lunch is included each day, but other meals & accommodation not included)

This is a multi-day private tour with your own licensed, English-speaking guide and transport

Day 1 – Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon

  • 8:30am pickup from Chiang Mai hotel
  • Doi Inthanon National Park (park entry fee included)
    • Go to the mountain summit – the highest point in Thailand (free)
    • Visit the Cloud Forest boardwalk / Ang Ka Trail near the summit. (free)
    • Visit royal pagodas and gardens (entry included)
    • Set menu lunch (included)
    • Trekking with local Karen guide along Pha Dok Siew nature trail to Mae Klang Luang, 2 hours easy walk (mostly downhill) through forest and past waterfalls and Karen farmland (local guide fee included).
    • Finish trek at the Karen village where you can sample locally grown and freshly roasted arabica coffee. (free)
  • Check in to accommodation at Mae Klang Luang Hill resort– optional walk around village

Day 2 – Doi Inthanon to Mae Hong Son City

  • Depart Mae Klang Luang 8:30am
  • Drive through Mae Hong Son province and stop for lunch (included)
  • Huay Pu Keng Long Neck (entry & ferry tickets included, additional cost for optional boat ride from Ban Huai Duea)
  • Overnight stay in Mae Hong Son City

Day 3 – Mae Hong Son City to Ban Rak Thai

Day 4 – Ban Rak Thai to Pai

Day 5 – Return to Chiang Mai

Day 1 – Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon

The itinerary for the first day has all the inclusions of our Doi Inthanon Day Tour, with the main differences being:

  1. Instead of returning to Chiang Mai, you get to stay overnight in the Karen village of Mae Klang Luang.
  2. Since you do not have return travel, you can choose to relax at your accommodation or explore more of the village.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Spend a full day exploring Thailand’s highest peak and other attractions within the national park.

Royal Pagodas

Mae Klang Luang Village

Pha Dok Siew Trail

Mae Klang Luang Hill Resort

Day 2 – Doi Inthanon to Mae Hong Son City

On the second day, we have an early start after breakfast. We can take breaks as needed, but the drive from Doi Inthanon to Mae Hong Son city is quite long.

Huay Pu Keng

Huay Pu Keng is a remote village in the north-west of Mae Hong Son Province. Quite close to the Myanmar border on the banks of the Pai river, the town is home to Kayan and …

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Mae Hong Son City

Mae Hong Son City is the administrative capital of Mae Hong Son Province. The ‘city’ moniker comes from consistent translation of the Mueang district name – commonly used to identify provincial capitals in Thailand. Mae …

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Day 3 – Mae Hong Son City to Ban Rak Thai

Doi Kong Mu Temple

Wat Prathat Doi Kong Mu is a hill-top temple complex that overlooks Mae Hong Son City. The central feature of the temple grounds are a pair of white pagodas. The larger of the two pagodas …

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Su Tong Pae Bamboo Bridge

Su Tong Pae is a lengthy bamboo walking bridge to the north of Mae Hong Son town. The bridge spans rice fields and waterways, connecting the village of Ban Gung Mai Sak with Wat Phu …

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Optional activity, time permitting, additional expense for mud spa

Phu Klon Mud Spa

Phu Klon Mud Spa (also known as Phu Klon Country Club) is a massage & spa treatment facility built arounda natural mud spring in scenic surroundings. The springs / mud were discovered by a tour …

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Ban Rak Thai

Ban Rak Thai is a stunningly beautiful village in Mae Hong Son Province, right next to the Myanmar border. This is one of several Yunnanese enclave towns found in Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. …

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Day 4 – Ban Rak Thai to Pai

Pha Suea Waterfall

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Tham Pla Fish Cave

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Ban Jabo Village

Ban Jabo is a Black Lahu village in Mae Hong Son. Long known for its spectacular view, it is more recently famous for Jabo Noodle – a restaurant with floor-seating where you may dangle your …

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Tham Lod Cave

Tham Lod is a cave system located between Pai and Mae Hong Son City. It is a popular stop as it breaks up the journey on the winding mountain road. Exploring Tham Lod Cave There …

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Mae Yen Temple

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Day 5 – Return to Chiang Mai

Yun Lai Viewpoint

On the hill behind Santichon Village is a great viewpoint where you can look east across the valley. The Pai river winds through the valley past soybean, rice, lychee and many other crops. In Winter, …

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Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon is just outside the town of Pai, beside the main road outside town as you approach from Chiang Mai. Best viewed in morning or evening light, you can get a great view after …

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Option: Choose 1, additional expense for premium options

Mok Fa Waterfall

Mok Fa Waterfall is located about 1.5 hours drive north from Chiang Mai. This scenic waterfall is accessed via a short walk through shaded forest. The waterfall is located just to the east of the …

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Smart Elephants Family

Smart Elephants Family is a family-run elephant camp to the north of Chiang Mai in Mae Taeng district. This elephant sanctuary is open to small groups of visitors who may interact with the elephants ethically. …

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Araksa Tea Garden

Araksa Tea Garden is located about 1.5 hours drive north from Chiang Mai. As such it is the most accessible tea plantation if you are staying in Chiang Mai city. It is quite different from …

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Return to your Chiang Mai hotel early evening.

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Accommodation for Mae Hong Son Loop

For the larger towns of Mae Hong Son City, and Pai (and Chiang Mai of course), you can search and book your own accommodation online. For the remote locations of Mae Klang Luang, and Ban Rak Thai, we will need to book the accommodation for you in most cases.

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