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January 2022

Travel Guide

Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand


Known to some as Thailand's 'Switzerland' because of its excellent scenery, Mae Hong Son is a frontier province bordered by Myanmar and almost entirely surrounded by mountains - it was for a long time almost entirely cut off from the rest of the world. The area is famed for mists and fog that lie in its mountains and valleys throughout most of the year (but particularly in winter). It is also home to waterfalls, forests and national parks. The area has a strong connection with elephants and there are many places where elephants are trained for a variety of tasks. Alongside its beauty and nature, another draw for the tourist is the region's culture. Home to the 'Long Neck Women' Karen tribes, visits to tribal villages make up a key tourist activity in the area. The province also has a good range of temples, many in splendid mountainside locations.

"Must see" in Mae Hong Son

Long Neck Karen Villages
To some it can be a strange experience visiting a group of people as a tourist attraction. People visit... read more

Pai is famous for its stunning natural scenery and cool nice weather during the winter. In the evening,... read more

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu
Burmese-style Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu is located around 1,500 meters up Doi Kong Mu hill. The temple... read more

Wat Hua Wiang
Located next to Mae Hong Son market, Wat Hua Wiang is a temple with a large compound featuring a large... read more

Tham Lot
If you are interested in caves and their history, you have a treat here. Tham Lot is massive and some... read more

Pang Ung
Pang Ung (Pang Oong) or "Pangtong2" is one of the Royal Initiative projects by HM Queen Sirikit for highland... read more

  Top Hotels in Mae Hong Son

Herntai Resort
Herntai Resort
The Point Villa
The Point Villa
Fern Resort
Fern Resort
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Top Restaurants in Mae Hong Son

Bai Fern
Address: 87 Khunlumprapas Road  Mae Hong Son
Tel: (053) 611-374

Sunflower Café
Address: 7 Singhanatbamrung Road  Mae Hong Son
Tel: (053) 620-549

More restaurants in Mae Hong Son

"Worth seeing" in Mae Hong Son

Huai Nam Dang National Park
Huai Nam Dang National Park is a large park which is part of four districts over an area of approximately... read more

Mae Surin Waterfall
Mae Surin Waterfall (Nam Tok Mae Surin) is the focal point of Mae Surin National Park, a park covering... read more

Tha Pai Hot Springs
Tha Pai Hot Springs are one of the focal points of Huai Nam Dang National Park, in Mae Hong Son province,... read more

Tham Pla Phaseau National Park
Located in Mae Pai Forest Reserve in Mae Hong Son province, Tham Pla Phaseau (Tham Pla Pha Sua) is a... read more

Wat Chong Kham / Wat Chong Klang
Given their close proximity, these two temples in Mae Hong Son are usually approached together. Both... read more

Bua Tong Festival
This festival celebrates the local Bua Tong (wild sunflower) flowers which blossom for a period of 30... read more

The Morning Market
This market is not big on gifts for the folks back home, but it is big on activity and is one place you... read more

Pong Dueat Hot Springs
This is really quite an impressive place to visit. There aren't that many places in the world with hot... read more

Tham Mae Lana
Located in Pang Mapha, Tham Mae Lana Cave offers stalactites and stalagmites but is significantly less... read more

Salween National Park
One of Thailand's smaller National Parks (721 square kilometres), Salween National Park is diverse and... read more

"At Your Leisure" in Mae Hong Son

Phraya Singhanatracha Memorial
As monuments go, this is a fairly nondescript statue which has a certain level of historical significance.... read more

Wat To Phae
This is a large, ornate Burmese-style (Shan) temple that legend has it was built teak raft builders who... read more

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