Samoeng Loop

Remote Samoeng Forest, Samoeng District, Chiang Mai, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016

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The Samoeng Loop is in Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand. It is a roughly 100 km circuit that starts and ends in the city of Chiang Mai.

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Why Samoeng Loop is special ?

The Samoeng Loop's winding road into the mountains northwest of Chiang Mai is highly popular with both bicyclists and motorcyclists. It is named for the town of Samoeng, 5 km off the circuit proper.

To get in the Samoeng Loop, there are two directions to start.

Clockwise: To start the loop, from near the southwest corner of the moat, get on Rte 108 heading past the airport. Less than 10 km down the road you will see a Big C on the left and a large intersection just beyond it. Turn right to Samoeng at this intersection. The direction is well-marked. Take the right and you’re on Rte 1269, the well-paved two-lane road that takes you into the hills.

Counter-clockwise: Head north on the road to Mae Rim, Rte 107, tricky as traffic can be heavy. The turn off is 16 km from the north side of the moat. The left turn is about ten minutes past Mae Rim town; you can't miss it as it is well sign-posted. (Try to get hold of the excellent Mae Sa Valley map. It not only maps the loop but all the more adventurous roads forking out of the loop.) Once you've made the turn the petrol gets more expensive, so fill up while on Rte 107. Gas stations are plentiful.


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Samoeng Forest, Samoeng District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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  • Bring a rainjacket as well, because brief showers are common in the mountains.
    What to bring
  • You should allow a minimum of 3-4 hrs to enjoy the scenery, plus time for food and drink stops.
  • You can visit where has an excellent map showing elevations at various points along the route.
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