North of Thailand by car – 5 options for auto routes
Unlike the ultra-tourist south, the North remains charmingly provincial and not spoiled by commerce. Traveling by car or motorbike in the North of Thailand is a convenient format, as many attractions of the North are located between cities.
See below for 5 options of routes with descriptions of stops and attractions along the way. On all routes, you can go either on motorbikes, either independently by car, or by car with a driver.
About renting cars and motorbikes read in the description of the routes.
1. Loop Mae Honson
The classic car route through the North of Thailand from Chiang Mai to the far north to Mae Hongson . The “loop” implies a circular route with a departure from Chiang Mai to Mae Honson along the eastern route through Doi Inhanon National Park and returning along the western route through the atmospheric town of Pai .
The route lasts for 7 days, with sightseeing in the vicinity of Mae Honson and Pai. The total length of the route is about 850 km.
2. Loop Mae-Honson for 4 days
A short version of the Loop Mae-Honson from Chiang Mai , with stops at Mae Sariang , Mae Honson and Pai .
3. Golden Triangle of Thailand by car
The second classic route in the North of Thailand, designed for one day. The starting point of the route is Chiang Rai .
4. From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 4 days
The car route from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is through the Chiang Dao caves , the remote non- touristic Thaton and the city of Triangle Gold .
The total length of the route is about 550 km
5. Road to the North of Thailand
Great route, which includes all the most interesting places of the North. The route is designed for 8 days, can be supplemented by sightseeing in the vicinity of Mae Hongson , Pai , Chiang Dao (plus 2-3 days).
The total length of the route is about 1300 km. The route starts in Chiang Mai and ends in Chiang Rai .