Even though “travels” is one of the topics mentioned for this blog I have not been writing too much about it. I am however going to write about it today!
From being in a semi depressed mood the whole day yesterday I felt like getting away for a day and experiencing some new stuff. It turned out to be the roadtrip of roadtrips. It was incredibly exciting so I just really want to share the experience. I’ll provide some guidance for people in Chiang Mai on how you can do this day trip as well.
It’s called the Samoeng loop and it’s pretty famous. It looks something like this:
If you just drive straight through on a motorbike in quite high speed I guess 1.5 – 2 hours is doable. But more then likely you want to stop along the way. I did 2 major stops and a few minor ones to take pics and enjoy the views. The total trip took around 5 hours for me. So I think you can expect anywhere from 4-7 hours.
There are tons of places where you could stop during the way but I recommend not staying too often because the road is quite long. I was planning to swing by the strawberry farms in Samoeng but I didn’t have the energy at the end of the day.
I did the loop counter clockwise. It’s probably wise to skip tiger kingdom, the snake farm and all that junk and get to the good stuff. My first stop was a place called Moncham.
By the way, I quickly noticed the amount of awesome looking cafes along the way. There are probably hundreds of cafes with amazing coffee worth stopping for. So don’t stress if you miss one. There will always be another one not too far away. I was pretty much on a caffeine pump the whole way…
I was not too impressed with the roads until I did the right turn for the last stretch to Moncham. The views on that last strip was truly wicked and I kept whispering to myself behind the helmet: “There is no fucking way dude” 😀
Considering it was a sunday, Moncham was really packed by Thais wanting to enjoy their weekend. I think I saw 3 other foreigners there in total and several hundreds of thai people. It’s basically a hill with insane views in both directions. There are strawberries and sunflowers as well. Makes for amazing photos!
After this visit I drove back down to the main loop and the next stop was a pre-planned one: “Di Bosco Coffee”. They use their own grown coffee beans right from the Chiang Mai hills. They have some really crazy equipment as well to make their coffee.
‘Once I was fueled up (shaking) from caffeine from my 3rd coffee of the day I continued my journey. This is when the road offered a great ride. The road quality was superb and the turns up and down the mountain was fun as hell. In the middle of all this fun is where you have the chance to make a turn to Samoeng to visit some strawberry farms. But since the rain was hanging in the air I made the decision to follow along the main road back to Chiang Mai! But I’ll definitely come back again soon.
Another stop that might be worth doing is the Mae Sa Waterfalls. This one can take quite some time considering there are like 10 levels. The reason I didn’t stop here is because I was there last year. But if you have the time, go for it! But it’s not a super high priority tbh.
So yeah! It was an epic day and I hope I inspired someone to take this day trip. Please leave a comment if you did end up doing the loop 🙂