From Chiang Mai, it is a full day’s drive to cover the distance of 290 kms (180 miles) to Mae Hong Son town. Not a highway, but a long and scenic winding road through the Pai and Soppong (Pang Ma Pha) districts. The 1095 route is probably one of the most scenic drives in Northern Thailand.
Driving south of Mae Hong Son, route 108 can bring you back to Chiang Mai (350 km) passing through Mae Sarieng (another interesting district) close to the Burmese border in the west. An overnight stop in Mae Sarieng is recommended when doing the loop.