Mae Hong Son Loop [4D3N]

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 ground with no wasted time.

Our Mae Hong Son Loop Itinerary shows you the highlights of Doi Inthanon National Park, Huay Pu Keng Long Neck Village and Tham Lod Caves. You spend one night in each of Mae Klang Luang Karen Village, Ban Rak Thai Yunnanese Village, and the town of Pai.

Mae Hong Son Loop [4D3N Private Tour]

฿13,100 (2 pax)     ฿10,000 (3 pax)

฿8,500 (4 pax)     ฿7,400 (5+ pax)

฿6,150 (7+ pax)

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 – Doi Inthanon National Park

  • Pickup from Chiang Mai hotel at around 8am
  • 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 – Mae Hong Son – Ban Rak Thai

  • Depart Mae Klang Luang 8am
  • Drive through Mae Hong Son province and stop for lunch (included)
  • Boat trip to Huay Pu Keng Long Neck Village (boat and village entrance included)
  • Drive to Ban Rak Thai and check in to accommodation

Day 3 – Ban Rak Thai to Pai

  • Check out from Ban Rak Thai accommodation around 9:30am
  • Tham Lod Cave (entry, bamboo raft, and local guide included)
  • Lunch (included)
  • Bathe at Sai Ngam Hot Spring (tickets included)
  • Mae Yen Temple for valley views (free)
  • Check in to Pai hotel
  • Free time for dinner in city and walk through night markets (optional / free)

Day 4 – Return to Chiang Mai

Itinerary Details

Day 1 – Doi Inthanon National Park

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.

Day 2 – Mae Hong Son – Ban Rak Thai

Harvesting Rice in Mae Hong Son

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 the longest single stretch of driving over the four day itinerary (4 hours driving).

Take a break for lunch. A set-menu or buffet meal is included in the tour package. Let your guide know if you would prefer to use the lunch budget towards an a-la-carte restaurant of your choosing.

Boat Trip to Huay Pu Keng

Take a boat trip to Huay Pu Keng long neck village.

Explore the village by foot before returning down-river.

Ban Rak Thai

After returning down-river by boat from the village, we will drive to Ban Rak Thai to check into your accommodation.

The tea field and lake are best enjoyed in the early evening and morning. There are a small number of Yunnanese restaurants open for dinner.

Day 3 – Ban Rak Thai to Pai

On the 3rd day we give you a little more time in the morning to enjoy the scenery, go for a walk or otherwise complete your recovery from the previous days’ travel.

Tham Lod Cave in Mae Hong Son Province

Explore Tham Lod Cave by lamplight with a local guide. You will enter the cave on a bamboo raft.

Take a break for lunch. A set-menu or buffet meal is included in the tour package. Let your guide know if you would prefer to use the lunch budget towards an a-la-carte restaurant of your choosing.

White Buddha Statue at Mai Yen Temple in Pai

At Mae Yen Temple, climb the steps to the white Buddha statue for great views across the valley..

Check in to your Pai hotel. In the evening you have free time to go out for dinner (own cost) and explore the evening markets.

Day 4 – Return to Chiang Mai

After breakfast, check out from your hotel.

Santichon Chinese Village - Great Wall

Take a walk at Santichon Village (Yunnanese Cultural Center)

Yun Lai Viewpoint

Visit Yun Lai Viewpoint for great views across the Pai valley

Take a break for lunch. A set-menu or buffet meal is included in the tour package. Let your guide know if you would prefer to use the lunch budget towards an a-la-carte restaurant of your choosing.

Visit Pai Canyon for a short walk to see the view.

Pai Memorial Bridge

Walk across Pai Memorial Bridge, a reminder of Japan’s interest in Burma & India during WWII.

Drive across mountain towards Chiang Mai, with rest breaks as needed.

Mok Fa Waterfall

Take a short walk through the forest to Mok Fa Waterfall. Swimming is possible if you would like to do so.

Return to your Chiang Mai hotel early evening.

Want to book, discuss details or request a custom itinerary? Let us know your interests, dietary needs, time constraints, etc. The more we know, the better we can serve your needs.

Other Itineraries for Mae Hong Son Province

If you have less than 3 nights to explore Mae Hong Son, then we suggest using Pai as a tour base for 1 or 2 nights.