Photo: Amazing scenery.

The Samoeng Loop

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This is a great scenic loop to do by motorbike or car during the week as a day trip from Chiang Mai, with plenty of places to stop for a coffee and enjoy the mountain views.

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It's probably a trip best avoided over the weekends, when the road gets clogged up with too many tourists of dubious driving abilities. Road surfaces are good and the route is well signposted but these are mountain roads with steep climbs and descents and numerous sharp bends, so it isn’t for novice motorbike riders. Also watch your petrol levels as once past Pong Yang village there aren’t any petrol stations until Samoeng.

The mountains just go and go. Photo taken in or around The Samoeng Loop, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

The mountains just go and go. Photo: Mark Ord

Obviously, as is the nature of loops you can go either way but for no particular reason—other than we’ve always done it in this direction—we’re describing it anti-clockwise. So to begin, depart from Chiang Mai in the direction of Mae Rim. If you head up Huay Kaew Road and turn right onto the Canal Road and follow it until it joins Route 107, the Mae Rim highway, it’s an easier and less congested drive to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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