5d/4n Mae Hong Son Loop Tour


Mountain scenery, Cultural immersion, Local food , Local way of life, Hilltribe homestay (optional)


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

Mae Hong Son Loop road
Buffalo riding, Mae Hong Son
Rice terraces Mae Hong Son

5d/4n Mae Hong Son Loop Tour

Day 1) Chiang Mai to Pai
  • Pick up from Chiang Mai and depart for Pai (approx 3hrs drive)
  • On the way out of Chiang Mai we will stop for optional activities such as; Elephant camp, Bamboo rafting, Tiger Kingdom, Ziplining and other activities upon request. O/n in Pai
Day 2) Pai to Mae Hong Son
  • Enjoy the scenic mountain drive and landscape views, as we travel from Pai to Mae hong son (2hrs drive).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
  • Upon arrival in Mae hong son, optional visit to Wat doi gong mu (hilltop temple) for view overlooking Mae hongson valley
  • Enjoy local dinner and evening market by Jong kham lake. O/n in Mae hong son
    Mae Salong tea plantation    Mae Salong tea plantation Mae Salong tea plantation
Day 3) Around Mae Hong Son
  • Visit a Shan (ethnic minority) village and learn about how the locals use buffaloes and traditional methods to produce sesame. Enjoy riding bareback on a buffalo, as local boys once used to
  • Optional visit to a Karen Long neck (Kayan) village by boat. We we will reach there by boat on the scenic Pai river. A Karen Long neck lady will be your guide around the village, feel free to ask her any questions about Kayan culture. She will be happy to share with you about their way of life and practice her English with you.
  • Depart Mae hong son for Mae la noi (2hrs drive). Stop off at viewpoint and enjoy fresh local coffee. Enjoy the scenic drive up to Karen and Lawa hilltribe villages
  • Meet your homestay family, enjoy a home cooked evening meal of local dishes together. O/n in the village at a hilltribe homestay (optional) or local guesthouse
Day 4) Hilltribe villages to Mae Sariang
  • Walk around the villages, as your guide explains to you about the hilltribe way of life. Sights may vary, as we follow the natural rhythms of village life. However you may see women weaving cotton, pounding rice, the village silversmith and village school
  • Visit a mountain temple, from the temple rooftop enjoy the panorama overlooking the mountain and villages
  • Enjoy last moments in the villages before heading to Mae Sariang. O/n in Mae Sariang
   Buffalo riding Mae Hong Son    La Oob temple    La Oob temple  
Day 5) Mae Sariang to Chiang Mai
  • After breakfast, we will visit a local market in Mae Sariang. On the way back to Chiang Mai (4hrs drive), optional visit to Doi Inthanon National park and mountain
  • End of tour in Chiang Mai
Sample Activities (optional)
  • Buffalo riding
  • Visit a school
  • Short trek
  • Learning how to make silver with the village silversmith
  • If you’re lucky you may catch a village celebration such as a spirit festival or wedding
  • This tour starts+ends in Chiang Mai. We can pick up+drop off at your hotel/airport/train station in Chiang Mai
  • Accommodation is at local guesthouses with 1 overnight at a hilltribe homestay in a village. This is optional, if you need more comfort there is alternative accommodation
  • The itinerary is an outline only. The details of each day are not fixed, this leaves opportunity to explore local life along the way
  • During the winter season (Nov-Jan), the 2nd night is spent at the Chinese village of 'Mae Aw/ Ban Rak Thai' , not Mae Hong Son town, unless otherwise requested.
  • This tour can be customised, please contact us to discuss

Extensions - This tour can be extended to 6+ days. For families with children, spreading this itinerary over 6 days enables travel at a more family friendly pace
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          Best trip ever ! Northern Thailand - Mae hong son  (Bayer family, Australia)
          Just what we were hoping for ....  (Kraus family, USA)
          Mae Hong Son Loop tour  (Iain & Catina, Australia)  Watch a clip
 A Life changing experience  (Steinberg family, USA)

5-6 Day) Mae Hong Son Loop Pics

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