100 kms return. See map.
The Samoeng / Mae Sa valley loop is the best 100 kms ride in North Thailand, which everyone should do (at least once). Routes 108, 1269, 1096, & 107.
Minimum 1 3/4 hrs fast, non stop ride; but allow a minimum of 3-4 hrs to enjoy the scenery, plus time for food and drink stops. Strictly riding wise, the loop is best ridden in a clock wise direction, Chiang Mai – airport – Samoeng – Mae Rim – Chiang Mai.
BUT first timers do the loop anti-clockwise from the Mae Rim end to visit the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, the Orchid Farms, Snake Farm, Monkey Show, waterfalls, Bungy Jump.
For locals who’ve seen it all before & just want a nice ride do it in a clockwise direction.
Stop for a bite to eat / drink (1) In Samoeng at Supanee restaurant or (2) At the X-Centre, run by Kiwi Ian & Long, on R1096 at the Mae Rim end. Excellent food / service / motorsports. (3) Mae Rim restaurants – Pansawan – Sala Cafe – See Pak – Steak of the Day
In the hot dry season do the Samoeng loop at night even.
Highly recommended anytime for a quick ride and escape from Chiang Mai.
There are numerous side trips & loops you can do off the Samoeng loop & if you were to do all of these allow another 3-4 days riding to see all the attractions!
One of the more popular side trips / loops is to Nong Hoi & Mon Cham.
See Pottering around Samoeng D-Tracker to Yang Moen Chiang Mai – Pong Khwao Hot Springs. Mon Cham is the most popular Thai destination on the Samoeng Loop. for some GT Rider trip reports & photos for ideas on some of the side trips and loops from of the Samoeng Loop. Check ’em out & to have numerous fun days out from Chiang Mai.
Take a GT Rider Mae Sa Valley Samoeng Loop map with you.
A must do loop. Highly recommended. Do it more than once & do it both ways.