Friday, October 30, 2015

Pai to Mae Hong Son on 125cc Scooters, Thailand


Me and Wadin BFull left Pai as we were heading to Mae Hong Son on the next morning after having breakfast at Yoma Hotel. The weather was foggy and we rode through morning mist. It got colder as we reached the Kiew Lom View Point, approximately 25 km from Pai. If the weather is fine, you can see few mountain peaks of Northern Thailand such as Doi Pleu, Doi Sammuen, Doi Chiang Daw and Doi Maeya from the Kiew Lom View Point.

 Then we continued riding to Mae Hong Son with the distance of 110km on Route 1095. The ride on scooter took us 3 hours to reach Mae Hong Son town.  We did not ride fast because we were enjoying the scenery and made couple of stops for photo shoots and coffee break.

As we were approaching Mae Hong Son town, we bumped into a café called Coffee 1864. Usually if I ride a bigger bike like BMW GSA or Harley Davidson, I could have missed this café and could not be bothered to make u-turn to stop for a coffee. But riding a scooter has lots of advantages. We could see more scenery and make u-turn or stop anywhere as we want. We can easily park our scooters than having big bikes.

Wadin BFull 

As we reached Mae Hong Son, we checked in at Baiyoke Chalet. I would stay at Baiyoke Chalet everytime I come to Mae Hong Son because the hotel is in the middle of Mae Hong Son town, huge and safe parking lot and the room price is cheap including breakfast.

After checked in, we walked to Mae Hong Son Chamber of Commerce which is located 100 meters from Baiyoke Chalet to get our Mae Hong Son 1864 Corners Certificates. This is my Fifth 1864 Corners certificate.

Wadin BFull proudly showing his 1864 Corners Certificate

Then i brought Wadin BFull to a Wat Phrathat Doi Kongmu temple at the peak of Mae Hong Son Doi Kongmu mountain. From this temple, you could see the view of Mae Hong Son town. Not many people know that this is the best view point of Mae Hong Son town from this temple. You could see the airport, lake and another temple next to the lake.

Wat Phrathat Doi Kongmu
We came down and looked for a lunch near to the airport and found a perfect beef noodles served with very spicy som tam.


For Dinner, we had grilled Tilapia fish with sticky rice and thai salad, khao pad thalay (fried rice with seafood) and Kluai Buad Chi (Thai sweet banana in coconut milk dessert) at the night market next to the Lake Jong Kham and Wat Jong Kham Temple.

Wat Jong Kham

We went back to the hotel to get enough of rest as we planned to ride to Chiang Rai from Mae Hong Son early in the morning. The distance from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Rai is 450 km and it took us 8 hours to reach Chiang Rai on a 125cc scooter.
Our rental Honda Click 125cc EFI


I've done Mae Hong Son 1864 Corners for FIVE times


Mae Hong Son 1,864 Corners… speaking of the infamous “Thousand Corners” or technically “1,864 Corners”, I have successfully done it for FIVE times..

The First time I did solo in heavy monsoon rain with Kawasaki KLR 650 back in 2010. I did the solo ride without any guidance by my friends as back in those days, only few had done the thousands corners. I bought a road map and studied the Mae Hong Son 1864 Corners and emphasized on the towns I wanted to spend for a night.

The Second time I did was with BMW GS1200 Adventure 30 Years Anniversary but on this trip, I brought my friend, Lawrence, along as he wanted to experience what’s thousand corners fuss about..

For the Third time riding to the Thousand Corners, I rode Solo with the Harley Davidson Road Glide  after I sold the BMW GS Adventure.

The Fourth time, I brought my Harley buddy (Otai) to the Thousand Corners and China Border on our Harley Davidson  Road Glide and Road King. Apparently my buddy wanted to do thousand corners and visit Golden Triangle. Fortunately, i included China Border and Laos ride in the itinerary with our Harley bikes.

The Fifth time, a friend of mine Din aka Wadin BFull really wanted to experience the Mae Hong Son 1864 Corners but he does not own a big bike and had only short holidays. So i decided to guide him to Mae Hong Son from Chiang Mai by taking flights to Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)and rented scooters. It took us only 5 days to enough to cover Chiang Mai - Pai - Mae Hong Son - Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai.

The scooters which we rented were Honda Click with 125cc EFI and cost only 200 Baht per bike / day from Chiang Mai Pop Rider.



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