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Mae Hong Son

Things to see and do

  • Visiting the Kayan people
    2.5 stars

    The Kayan people — crudely known as the ‘Long-Neck Karen’ — belong to the Red Karen or Karenni ethnic group, and originate from Burma’s Kayah State, where they are more commonly known as the Padaung. ... read more

  • Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham
    3.5 stars

    The twin Shan-Burmese-style wats of Wat Jong Klang and Jong Kham and their reflections on Jong Kham lake make for 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, ... read more

  • Wat Phra Non and Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu
    3.5 stars

    These two temples are set towards the west of central Mae Hong Son and feature a reclining Buddha at the base (within the grounds of Wat Phra Non) and, from the summit, by Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, splendid views over the surrounds. Wat Phra Non is a small wat that sits at the base of Doi Kong ... read more

  • Trekking
    4 stars

    Trekking is another attraction in Mae Hong Son, though to a lesser extent than in Pai or Soppong, 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 villages. ... read more

  • Mae Hong Son Living Museum
    5 stars

    This small but well laid out museum -- it's more of an exhibition really -- shows all things Mae Hong Son by means of mostly photographs covering culture, ethnic groups, history and architecture, and points out many remaining old buildings around town of We went in here sceptical and came out ... read more

  • Mae Hong Son markets
    3 stars

    Like any Thai town, Mae Hong Son has its fair share of markets and here are three that are worth a look for the more market-inclined traveller -- note that not all are open year-round. Every Sunday, on the right hand side of the road to Mae Sariang, you'll find Mae Hong Son's Sunday Market. This ... read more

  • Phu Klon mud spa
    3 stars

    The owner of a property to the north of Mae Hong Son has discovered supposedly health-giving mud on his land and you can now share the benefits at the temptingly named Phu Klon mud spa. It is not clear exactly where the mud itself comes from, as it is found only in large terracotta pots beside ... read more

  • Boat trips
    3.5 stars

    Head south out of town on the road that follows the Pai River and you’ll see signs for the boat pier, Tha Huay Dua. where boat trips down the picturesque river are on offer. Head south out of town on the road that follows the Pai River and you’ll see sign If you're looking for a day out and ... read more

  • Tham Pla Forest Park
    3 stars

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

  • Tham Wua Forest Monastery
    3 stars

    Located just off the main highway some 20 kilometres before Mae Hong Son is the forest temple Wat Tham Wua, whose Vipassana meditation retreats are very popular with foreign visitors. There is an English-speaking abbot and stays are payable by donation only, which ought to include costs for ... read more

  • Ban Rak Thai (formerly known as Mae Aw)
    3.5 stars

    The best thing about Ban Rak Thai, a kind of mini Mae Salong-style border village, is the scenic 44-kilometre drive to get there through some beautiful countryside and cute villages. Another former KMT army post, the border village of Ban Rak Thai has reinvented itself as a kind of mini Mae ... read more

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