ROAD GUIDE: The 1095 Pai Road

LAYMAN’S GUIDE series.  No waffle. Non wax-lyrical. Straightforward.



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Whether on a scooter or a bigger bike, here is the Zed CM layman’s guide to the 1095 route to Pai

ROUTE: From Chiang Mai city, head for route 107 (see map above – also note my tip about taking route 121 initially). This road is a busy dusty road, get through it best you can, nothing really to enjoy here. When you hit the junction with the 1095 left turn towards Pai, i recommend that you DO NOT turn left. Instead, head straight on for approximately 700 meters to the Shell Garage and fill up.

(There are small village petrol pumps dotted along the way but if sfasdyou fill up at this garage, you shouldn’t need to fill up along the way. Scooters included). If you have a bigger bike with a higher tank capacity, you won’t need to worry about filling up here..but its a good fuel stop in any case). Once filled, make a U-Turn and head on to the 1095 and into the hills towards Pai.

wyapb2prThe 1095 is a twisty fun road, but ride within your capabilities. For fast riders this road will only take a couple of hours..but can take as much as five for inexperienced riders. Add to that possible stops too. So keep in mind it could be a potentially long ride if you are on a small bike and are inexperienced. (The photo above was taken a fab twisty spot, which has a small viewpoint and is great for a photo op. Location HERE).

My personal top stop-off points: 

32 Coffee Hill: This is my staple stop off point, which is around half Untitled-eway to Pai. A good place for a drink, plus they have nice toilet facilities if you need to freshen up. 32 Coffee Hill is also within a restaurant and resort complex, so if you find yourself hungry or very tired, it is worth knowing these facilities are available too. When on route to Pai or just enjoying the road, this is usually my only stop off point. But if you have time, the next two destinations are worth visiting…

Untitled-2Mork Fa Waterfall. (The waterfall is BEFORE 32 Coffee Hill, so keep that in mind). I love this waterfall, but tends to get busy. It also has an interesting twisty road area to explore, if that’s your thing. The waterfall itself is 60 meters high, very pretty and a great place to cool down. National park fees apply.  
8am – 6pm.Entry fee: 100 baht adult (20 baht for Thai), Parking 20 baht (motorbike).

Huai Nam Dang Huai Nam Dang is a huge expanse of national park with spectacular views, hot springs and waterfalls. You can also rent a cabin in the National Park, and camping is permissible, but only if you bring your own equipment. 8am – 5pm. 200 baht for adults (40 baht for Thai), 100 baht for children (20 baht for Thai) *I need to check update on prices, as National Park fees have increased.

Checkpoints: On route you will come across a few army checkpoints, usually with only one main one being manned. Slow down when approaching and make sure you remove sunglasses and have as much as your face shown as possible. Normally you will not need to stop and be waved through. Army checkpoints are not interest in checking your license details. Only traffic police are interested in this. 

garage pai

When you arrive in Pai I suggest you head straight for the PTT garage and refuel. (Tourist Police on left hand side, PTT straight on for 300m until you see the PTT garage on the right hand side)

ADDITIONALLY: The route to Pai is also part of the famous Mae Hong Son loop. If you decide to carry on to do the loop I have a guide HERE.
My guide is a clockwise route from Chiang Mai, so keep that in mind and just put it in reverse 😉


For a detailed guide to the town of Pai, go HERE

There is also an alternative route to Pai from Chiang Mai (or back again), via Baan Chan. Link HERE

Video of the road to Pai & Mok Fa Waterfall (Rainy Season)




..and there you go. Have fun!


*IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATION* Take water, wear a helmet, wear protective clothing, take a mobile phone, have a license, have insurance!
How was this guide for you? Useful or not?
Let me know in the comments! 😀


  • Paul Vleeshouwers

    Hi there, first of all congrats on the new layout for your site. Looks good!
    I promised feedback on our trip to Pai so here we go: We left at about 7:15 AM form Chiang Mai and arrived in Pai around 10:30 AM.
    On our way we had a few short stops and a coffee/sanitary stop at 32 Coffee Hill. The motorbike ride was magnificent, most of the road has new tarmac, driving the 750 hairpins and curves was a great experience and much more relaxed than we anticipated.
    Last time we were in Pai was 2006 and a lot has changed in a decade. Still a great place to go and spent a couple of nights. Thanks a again for all the tips!

  • WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more delay .. …

  • Thanks for the excellent information, it really is useful.

  • Got your link from the backpacker group. Turned out to be really useful. Filled up at the garage before heading onto the Pai route. That was a really great tip. Thanks.

    • Hi Graham, yes I found that garage really useful, particularly when i used to take a scooter on the Pai road. Automatics in particular chug a lot of fuel. If i did not fill up at that station i would be running empty before i hit Pai. By filling there i would make it the whole trip without the need to refuel. I would be dead on empty by the time i got to the Pai petrol station though, haha!

  • Thanks so much for this guide!

  • Great post and perfect guide for me.
    I used it on a trip to Pai (scooter).
    Helpful to know about the fuel station.

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