Daniel’s Review: The Road to Umphang
Daniel Senicar (BTA)
One of my favorite rides in Thailand is the road from Mae Sot to Umphang. The road with its 1,219 curves snakes its way over the mountains along the Thai – Myanmar border for some 180 km.
Since Umphang is the end of the road and the only way is to go back the same way, there is mostly very little traffic on this road.
Along the road you pass many hill tribe villages, Karen, Hmong, Lisu, Mien and Lahu. Umphang is predominantly Karen.
Outside Upmhang is the biggest virgin rain forest in Thailand. The wild life sanctuary is a home to animals such as elephants, leopards, langurs, bears, tigers, tapirs, deer and others. Many species of butterflies and birds!
Thi Lor Su Waterfall, largest in Thailand, some 200 meters high is some 40 km from Umphang and is well worth a visit.
If you want to experience something different and off the beaten track in Thailand, let us know and we will organize a guided or self-guided tour to Upmhang for you.