Road trip to Mae Hong Son via Mae Chaem

Last Updated on May 5, 2023

Across the mountainous

By road, there are three options for getting to Mae Hong Son. This path takes you via Mae Chaem District, which is less well-known but offers a unique perspective.

According to the map, the route via Mae Chaem is most likely the quickest route to Mae Hong Son. No, it’s a bit more than the other options. However, the peak of Doi Inthanon may be visited.

doi inthanon via mae cheam

Mae Chaem behind Doi Inthanon

It’s a route that takes you through Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand’s highest and most popular mountain. If we have enough time, you may like to visit another two or three destinations along the way.

Then head down to Mae Chaem District, which is known for its spectacular mountain beauty and few of tourists.

Except, during the Thung Bua Tong Festival in November and December, there may be a large number of tourists traveling this path.

road to mae cheam

How long does it take

The overall distance traveled is approximately 300 kilometers, and it takes at least 7 to 8 hours to complete. Typically, travel agencies will include this route from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai in their itineraries.

It’s a difficult route to drive, and you’ll need to take your time climbing up the steep hill. As a result, the cost is higher than on alternative routes.

lunch break at mae cheam

Where stop for lunch

Lunch will be served in Mae Chaem District, which is located in a huge valley below the mountain range. When you witness the local way of life here, you may imagine Chiang Mai in the past.

It is possible to organize a one-night excursion here in advance. They also provide a variety of lodging options.

We’ll probably eat lunch and relax at Hot Coffee Guest House and Resort, Baan Mae Nachorn [na-jon] just located 30 kilometers from Mae Chaem downtown.

I always make a pit stop and stay the night here. The lovely location along the Mae Chaem River’s banks.


green view

Afternoon delightful

We’ll travel up and down each mountain range till we reach Highway 108 in the afternoon, then continue to Mae Hong Son town. You may have come to a stop at a viewpoint, had a break at a coffee shop along the roadside, or discovered something unusual.

We normally leave around 8:00 a.m. and arrive at 5:00 p.m.

If the route option via Mae Chaem is on your plans, please contact us. We’ll drive you to your next destination.

Alternatively, if you begin your journey in Chiang Mai, you can contact to arrange for a more convenient departure location and to use their services before and after go to Mae Hong Son.

transfer by car

Transfer service from Mae Hong Son to

Market price

Chiang Mai (via Pai)

5,500 THB

Chiang Mai (via Mae Sariang)

6,500 THB

Chiang Mai (via Mae Cheam)

7,000 THB

NOTES: Rates may change at any time without prior notice.

Other options to get to Mae Hong Son

Get start from other destinations

Other routes, such as Mae Sot, Sukhothai, and your destinations, can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.


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