Time to leave the hippie mecca that is Pai and return to Chiang Mai. Supposedly there are 762 curves between the two towns. We talked about stopping somewhere along the way but, looking at the map, there didn't seem to be much on offer. Both of us were looking forward to getting back to familiar old Chiang Mai.
We were definitely sad to leave our luxurious room. If we had our laptops with us and didn't have to return the motorcycle in Chiang Mai we could have easily hung out for a lot longer. There were still so many hammocks we hadn't tried yet.
As we left Pai we passed this odd place. It's on the same stretch as Coffee In Love. We're not sure what it is, presumably a cafe or restaurant, but they certainly get points for creative decor.
The road between Pai and Chiang Mai certainly lived up to its reputation for twists and turns. As the road weaved back and forth and up and down 762 curves started to seem more and more believable. It was great fun to ride. Tanya enjoyed it less with the constant cornering one way then the other eventually giving her motion sickness.
As always there were some wandering traffic hazards about. Generally they're all used to traffic and don't startle easily. It still seems wise to give them a wide berth if possible.
Along the way we passed a valiant cyclist. We actually saw him more than once with us passing him on the uphill only to have him whiz by on the downhill. Riding was tiring even on a motorcycle. Even the idea of slogging up the mountains on a bicycle in the tropical heat was exhausting. Whoever you are you are a better, fitter and possibly more foolhardy man than I.
We made a few brief stops just for the sake of getting off the motorcycle for a while. Then there was a longer stop at a place we think is called “Coffee We 2”. Cool drinks were drunk but then it was back on the road. As we neared Chiang Mai we became more and more keen on the idea of getting there.
Not quite there yet. We could feel that we were getting close but there was still plenty of curvy road ahead. Awesomely or sickeningly curvy, depending on who you ask.
Eventually though the road levelled off and straightened out and we found ourselves travelling through villages. The road we were on joined a highway and then it was just a long straight shot back to Chiang Mai. The traffic was a shock after a week away but we were glad to be home.
Mae Hong Son Loop Day 7 Costs
At the time 30 Baht was about $1.
Ice tea and blue berry soda = 100B
We still have plenty of fuel in the tank from yesterday so we didn't even have to buy petrol.
- Mae Hong Son Loop Preparations
- Mae Hong Son Loop Day 1 – Chiang Mai To Mae Chaem
- Mae Hong Son Loop Day 2 – Mae Chaem To Khun Yuam
- Mae Hong Son Loop Day 3 – Khun Yuam To Mae Hong Son
- Mae Hong Son Loop Day 4 – Hanging Out In Mae Hong Son
- Mae Hong Son Loop Day 5 – Mae Hong Son To Pai
- Mae Hong Son Loop Day 6 – Exploring Pai
- Mae Hong Son Loop Day 7 – Pai To Chiang Mai
- Advice For Doing The Mae Hong Son Loop