Driving from Chiang Rai to Mae Hon Son
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2012 10:36 PM Last Post By: thaibeachlovers
Nov 15, 2012 10:40 PM
Driving from Chiang Rai to Mae Hon SonHi, all! I'm planning to see Northern thailand and will start my journey in ChiangRai.
If I drive to Mae Hon Son, on Google Maps, it shows 3 different routes. 1 route goes up to Pai and then to MaeHon Son (uses Route 118 and Route 108). The other 2 routes goes past ChiangMai (vicinity of Lamphun) then up to Mae Hon Son. (Route 109 and Route 1095/ Route 118 and Route 1095).
I received conflicting information about which route is safer. I prefer not to drive along the narrow mountain roads, and bearing in mind I am going after Christmas to avoid any icy roads. Its my first time driving there.
Could anyone advice the safest route to take (all 3 will take their 6.5 to 7+ hrs according to Google Maps), and the good sights on the way for that route?
Any experienced advice would be very much appreciated.
Nov 15, 2012 11:51 PM
1bearing in mind I am going after Christmas to avoid any icy roads
Gave me a good laugh there!
Its my first time driving there
Don't worry about ice on the roads, it never gets that cold here.
What you should worry about are drunken yaba crazed mini van drivers that think they are in the F1, overloaded 10 wheeler trucks and 10 year old school kids taking 5 of their friends to school on one m'bike.
If you still want to drive yourself ( something I would never do, as I have no wish to die prematurely ), make sure that you have maximum insurance.
Nov 16, 2012 1:20 AM
2Yeah, you won't get ice, frost, or anything nearly that cold. It's going to be dry most likely so you probably won't even hit rain.
As for narrow mountain roads, the roads are the worst on the way up to Pai from Chiang Mai/Mae Tang. Lots of switch backs, pretty narrow, and trucks with narrow roads.
It'll take longer, but the road is a lot nicer if you go through Chiang Mai. I can't really tell you the route number as I just remember taking Chiang Mai/Hong Dong road towards Doi Inthanon, then turning right when I saw the sign for Mae Hong Son province, but that road is a lot easier.
Nov 16, 2012 1:26 AM
3Shortest/best route here
The road gets very hilly and twisty (and scenic) on the 1095 to Pai and beyond, but it's well-surfaced and traffic is usually light. Just allow plenty of time and take it easy.
Nov 16, 2012 1:40 AM
4I found this on the net.
<Research has shown that holiday makers abroad are most at risk of having an accident just 60 minutes into their first journey. Further information and tips for driving abroad can be found at www.fco.gov.uk/drivingabroad.
Visitors to a foreign country are one-and-a-half times as likely to have a serious accident when travelling in a 100-110 km/h speed limit zone as domestic drivers, because of unfamiliarity at driving at these speeds. Familiarise yourself with the local driving laws – including local speed limits.
Visitors to a foreign country are twice as likely to have a serious accident as domestic drivers because of driver fatigue. Don’t drive when you’re tired, jet lagged and take regular breaks on long journeys.
An international or Thai driving licence is required to drive in Thailand.>
Nov 16, 2012 4:39 PM
5Where are you living beach lovers ?
Actually it has snowed in Thailand in chiang rai in 1955 jan 7th just after 3 pm according to history.
And out in our villiage at night it get very cold Up in the mountains it can even get into the minus and many hill tribe people suffer hence there is normally a call for blanket donations.
I reckon capt bobs got it right.
Go the scenic route you won't be disappointed.
Nov 17, 2012 10:36 PM
6^^ I live near Chiang Mai. Really warm this year as opposed to last, when my wife insisted on having a duvet on the bed at night. Definitely no duvet this year.
I have noticed that Thais "feel" cold even when it's not. It always amuses me to see them wrapped up in ski type jackets when I am still hot in t shirt and shorts.
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