Mae Sariang from the far side of the river

Mae Sariang from the far side of the river

Mae Sariang from the far side of the river

Taken on: 4th November, 2009. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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A relatively small town, Mae Sariang sits in the southern reaches of Mae Hong Son province at the junction of Routes 105 and 108 -- if you're doing the Mae Hong Son loop by motorbike (or some other means), Mae Sariang is about as far south as you get.

Regardless of its location at a traveller's crossroads, Mae Sariang remains a very sleepy untouristed affair. It sits on the eastern bank of the Yuam River and does more business as a small trading outpost than as a trekking centre (despite the desires of some resident entrepreneurs who dream of it as being Thailand's next Chiang Mai).

The trading part of Mae Sariang's enterprise comes partly due to nearby Mae Saem Laep -- a speck of a village clinging onto the east bank of the Salween River -- and facing Burma. There is a sizeable smuggling trade through Mae Sam Laep, and onwards through Mae Sariang.

Smuggling aside, Mae Sariang has a fair degree of charm in its own right -- there's lots of wooden ... Read our complete Mae Sariang travel guide

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