We are driving the Mae Hong Son loop clockwise and spending our last night around Pai . The next morning we will need to get to the Chiang Mai airport no later than 4:30 pm for a flight to Sukhothai. We've never done this drive before and will be taking it slow. Can anyone who has done it give me an idea of how much time to allow?
We'll be driving to Pai from MHS and we're thinking that if we were able to stay somewhere between Pai and Chiang Mai it might make the drive back to CM more relaxing. Does anyone know a nice place?
Thank you for your help
#1 heidisueelvus has been a member since 20/8/2010. Posts: 28
Driving (car) allow at least 3 hours Pai - Chiang Mai. It's a very twisty and hilly road, then after you turn south on the highway it flattens out but there are a bunch of traffic lights as you approach the city which can amount to significant delays. Considering you have to drop off a rental car(?) and make that flight I wouldn't be leaving Pai any later than 11am, preferably earlier.
Flight CM-Sukhothai? Didn't know about that.
Thank you Captain Bob. Much appreciated. Would you happen to know if there are accommodations closer to Chiang Mai than Pai, but not too far of a drive from Mae Hong Son?
Actually, I meant to say that our flight is from CM to Phitsanoluk, with Kan Air. I wish it was to Sukhothai, but am pretty happy that there is a flight anywhere near Sukhothai.
#3 heidisueelvus has been a member since 20/8/2010. Posts: 28
You should check out www.nok-air.net, they fly throughout Thailand and on their site you can find cheap flight tickets for Nok Air. The link is
#6 Ante232 has been a member since 9/2/2014. Posts: 1
The only direct flights into Sukhothai are from Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi on Bangkok Airways. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhothai_Airport
I have seen some random accommodation between Pai and Chiang Mai, but sorry I don't have any specific names/links. I've always just done the 130km drive straight through. Get started early and you'll be on time.