So the road to pai is undergoing major repairs with much of it currently ripped back to dirt. I have done the MHS loop a few times, mostly just a 5 day trip solo. I'm in Thailand for a few weeks and a friend from Australia is coming for his first bike tour up north, however he has been to los a few times before. My plan was to do MHS loop clockwise spending NYE in pai 4 days, then ride to Chiang rai and nan over a week returning to CM. It's not all about the riding, we are also keen to enjoy some bars and music on the trip. Not sure of the nightlife once I get north of CM but should be able to find something suitable.. The road pai to CM, is it worth doing on a versys over all the dirt? Perhaps a dtracker would be better however I'm not the most experienced dirt rider if it gets wet and would much prefer an xr400 as I'm 193cm are these available in CM? Perhaps we skip MHS loop and fly to pai for a few days, then just ride to CR and nan? 7 days CM-CR-Nan back to CM is that enough time? After this we might fly and see some of Laos,Cambodia and or Vietnam for a couple of weeks and hire a local bike. I wanna try some good Vietnamese food and drink a beer on the Mekong in Laos .