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Solo female on the Mae Hong Son Loop

Posted by miech333 on 4/10/2018 at 21:26

hey guys,
I'm hoping to do the Mae Hong Son loop when I visit this January, 2019. Heading in solo and going to find some fellow people that want bike the route with me. However, if I don't find anyone, I still want to do it.
Solo female doing the Mae Hong Son loop? Thoughts?
I am moderately experienced on a motorbike. I live in a city and ride a 50cc scooter around town. I also survived in Vietnam, albeit sleepy Hoi An. Oh, I almost drove off a cliff in SaPa, but I feel like I learned something from that one. I do have an international driver license (although not a international motorbike license). I am fairly confident, my only worry is taking a spill in a remote location and being stranded. I will have travel insurance. I'm doing the shorter loop, skipping Mae Sariang, and have 7 days to complete it. I want to take my time and not plan the sleeping arrangements, would that be a mistake in January. Are there any other things I should be thinking of? Thoughts, comments, concerns?



Thanks yall

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Posted by amnicoll on 6/10/2018 at 04:31

As a single female do not worry just take the same precautions you would anywhere else

I will offer no advice about the motor cycle apart from saying this is a far greater risk

You do not need to book anything


Enjoy

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Posted by Tilapia on 10/10/2018 at 15:04

Recommend this site for information on routes, side trips, road conditions, and maybe even finding someone to ride with ... https://www.gt-rider.com/

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 11/10/2018 at 03:26

If your start/end point is Chiang Mai note there are frequent police checkpoints in and around the city. Without a motorcycle license from home and an IDP they may fine you 500 baht on the spot (or slightly less if you report to the local police station).
Check out http://motogirlthailand.com/mae-hong-son-loop the website is run by a long-time expat who has done lots of rides around the region, often solo. She might be able to offer tips and maybe even some riding partners. The loop is popular in January.

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Posted by amnicoll on 11/10/2018 at 04:02

without motorcycle license from home then travel insurance will be invalid in case of accident

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Posted by Tilapia on 11/10/2018 at 10:25

@ Captain Bob ... is this really the case now for scooter rentals, or for larger motorbike rentals?

I'm heading back in a month and planned on renting in a few places.


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Posted by Captain_Bob on 14/10/2018 at 02:48

^ Rental or not doesn't matter to the cops, but they do seem to target "farang" riders. The checkpoints in/around CM have become more strict in enforcing the "rule" of either home m/c license + IDP or Thai license for the past few years. Random guess which days and where they are set up although some of the locations are known to locals, and they usually go home after 3pm or if it's raining hard. Been a lot of criticism lately of renters who don't check for license and warn their customers.

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Posted by Tilapia on 14/10/2018 at 09:01

Okay, thanks. I was planning on renting in PKK, Phetchaburi and maybe Kamphaeng Phet/Tak area.

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