The "Sop Kai Loop" is an easy, enjoyable & rewarding one day hit out from Chiang Mai. Its always a pleasure to head north out along the 107. After the climb just past the Mae Ngat Dam turn-off, there's a heavily signposted road heading left out towards the Mae Taeng & Mae Temann elephant camps. This is a wonderfully scenic route along the Mae Tamann river dotted with quality accommodation choices: with interesting cafes: & with an abundance of activity options: There are even a number of transport options: Continuing on from Mae Tamann towards Sop Kai one quickly moves from the commercially to rural orientated countryside & its a feast for the eyes. You can turn left at the Muang Khut turn-off & roll on back to the 1095 at Huai Rai before heading home to Chiang Mai but a far more enjoyable option is to take the loop back to the 1095 via Sop Kai. Sop Kai is an Akha village set charmingly on the banks of the Mae Tamann: The access road, although not sealed, is well maintained as there is much rafting (though little traffic) along the rapids in this area, facilitated, no doubt, by the fact that the forest encircling the river remains in tack. Tourists out this way are few & far between but this doesn't deter a band of determined Akhas to seek you out should you stop to take photos: From Sop Kai to Sop Poeng its an easy run then back to Chiang Mai via the 3010. There really is a lot to do along this loop just out of Chiang Mai - options for all from the kids, to adventurers, to 'honeymooners'; from coffee freaks to gourmet seekers. Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.