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Mae Hong Son

Things to see and do

  • Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu
    3.5 stars

    This hilltop wat is better regarded for its splendid views over the surrounds rather than the actual building. Constructed in the early 19th century, the Burmese-style temple includes two chedis containing the ashes of a couple of well-regarded Shan monks. Get up here at dawn to see Mae Hong Son ... read more

  • Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham
    3.5 stars

    The twin wats of Wat Jong Klang and Jong Kham and their reflections on Jong Kham lake form the classic Mae Hong Son photo. The brilliant white and golden chedis mesh with the green roofs and their yellow edgings to form a glistening mirage across the surface of the lake, broken only by the lake's ... read more

  • Tham Pla Forest Park
    3 stars

    Tham Pla (Cave Fish) Forest Park is around 17km from Mae Hong Son on the road to Pai. It's a very pleasant little spot with the river in the cave feeding a number of creeks that run through the grounds. The main attraction is the fish cave, packed with Phluang fish. These fish are similar to carp ... read more

  • Sunday Market
    1 star

    If you are in Mae Hong Son on a Sunday morning, practise your bargaining skills at the market, located on the right along the road to Mae Sariang, before Rooks Resort. All the locals shop there for household goods and clothes. If you look hard enough you can find T-shirts with English phrases like ... read more

  • Mud Spa, Hot Springs and Golf Driving Range
    3 stars

    The owner of a property to the north of Mae Hong Son has discovered supposedly health giving mud on his land. It is not clear exactly where the mud itself comes from, as it is found only in large terracotta pots beside a large natural hot spring pool. Photos show people lathering themselves from ... read more

  • Visiting the Kayan (Long-neck) people
    2 stars

    The Long-neck women are one of the main reasons tourists come to Mae Hong Son. These refugees from Burma's Karenni state, located just over the border from Mae Hong Son, are called Padaung in Burmese, but this is also an inappropriate label because the Burmese are an occupying army in the state. In ... read more

  • Day Tours
    3.5 stars

    Everywhere you look in Mae Hong Son someone is promoting tours taking in the surrounding scenery. One of the most popular places to visit are the so-called Long-neck villages, but other stops include combinations of Tham Lod near Soppong, Fish Cave, Mae Aw village, Mae Surin waterfall, local ... read more

  • Night Market
    4 stars

    When darkness falls, Sinhanat Bamrung Rd is blocked off to through traffic and stalls are set up to create a lively night market. A number of different ethnic minorities are represented, including Lisu and Hmong, and items for sale range from clothing to embroidered bags to sesame oil products. At ... read more

  • Rafting trips
    3.5 stars

    Rafting trips can be arranged to a variety of locations in Mae Hong Son including up towards Pai or west to the Burmese border. The best place to attempt to organise a trip is Ban Huey Deua, 8km to the southwest of town. From here a day trip will cost 400 to 500B per person. Longer and more ... read more

  • Boat trips
    3.5 stars

    In Baan Toong Bang Moo, on the edge of the Ping River, there is a small sala where elderly boat men sit and wait for business. They can take you either bamboo rafting or on a ride in a wooden speedboat along the picturesque river. The going price is 450B per hour per vehicle, including the boat ... read more

  • Trekking
    4 stars

    Trekking is a major attraction in Mae Hong Son, and can be done as part of a day tour for a few hours or for a full day or longer. Longer treks will take you into the mountains towards the Burmese border, where you will visit Karen and Lisu villages. Generally you need a minimum of two people for a ... read more

  • Wat Phra Non
    1.5 stars

    The two stone lions that lay together are thought to help provide safe passage for those paying homage to the Buddha relic up on the hill. Unless you hold a particular fascination for reclining Buddhas, this temple probably isn't worth going out of your way for. But if you're planning on walking to ... read more


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