Thailand’s Best Motorbike Loop
The North of Thailand has the best roads and the Pang Hin Fon Loop in Chiang Mai province is Thailand’s best motorbike loop. The 60KM loop going through the subdistrict of Pang Hin Fon starts from the town of Mae Chaem and goes through dirt tracks and rural roads. (Video of the ride at the end of this article)
From Mae Chaem, the first step is to ride 7KM North to the village of Ban Kong Kan (บ้านกองกาน) then heading West following the Mae Suek Canal. Look at the map provided in this post, as this road don’t seem to have a name or number.
This road/track will be the one that you follow for the whole loop. The next 10KM will be mostly dirt road with the steepest ascents paved with cement.
Then, the valley will open itself in a dirt descending curve! The view is simply gorgeous and even if stopping the bike to take pictures will need precautions, I am sure you will do it.
From there, you will ride in dirt tracks digged into the mountain side. As earlier, the trickiest parts are usually paved. The mountains will be painted with the various colors of the crops they grow. You can find rice paddies, corn, cabbage and much more that I could not identify. You will eventually reach a bridge, take right.
As you will get closer to the village of Ban Phui, the road will widen and eventually get paved. You are arrived in the Pang Hin Fon subdistrict (or Tambon in Thai). The village seemed to have a few food options, but I decided to continue.
Five kilometers later, on a pothole-filled road, you will find two shops selling food. A few kilometers earlier a villager recommended me to pick the second one, which I did. They sell the common “made to order” food.
At about 50km, you will leave the mountains and the Mae Chaem valley with the mighty Doi Inthanon mountain will appear. You will ride downhill with some glorious views of the valley! The view is breathtaking and I couldn’t take a picture that does justice.
I left at 10am and came back at 4.30pm. I took and hour lunch break and I stopped many times to fly the drone and take pictures. I’d say it should be easy to do it in less than 4 hours. A friend did it on a scooter too, so there is no reasons to not enjoy this loop 🙂
Here is a video I shot during this awesome day in the mountains:
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