Photo: Just stunning lake views.

Where to stay in Mae Hong Son

Accommodation in Mae Hong Son town get the job done, even if most of the rooms aren’t very memorable. For something different, consider staying in the outskirts of town.


Introduction

Our personal favourites for places to stay in Mae Hong Son.


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Where to stay in Mae Hong Son
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As the capital, Mae Hong Son is the province’s largest town, but it lacks the volume of visitors that Pai gets meaning you won’t see the range of quality choices of the more popular smaller town—nevertheless there are some solid options to choose from. The tourist information map we picked up listed an impressive 50 or so hotels and guesthouses, yet by the time you’ve eliminated... Read our full review of Where to stay in Mae Hong Son.

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Mae Hong Son

In accommodation terms, the provincial capital Mae Hong Son seems to have concentrated on quantity to the detriment of quality and though you’ll see plenty of guesthouse signs scattered around the downtown and lake area there’s not too many places to stay that truly inspire.


4/2 Udom Chai Nithet Rd, Jong Kham
600B to 1,500B
Jongkham Place
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
4/2 Udom Chai Nithet Rd, Jong Kham
T: (053) 614 294, (085) 722 6329

Cute and well-appointed wooden chalets in a well-tended garden make Jongkham Place a top flashpacker choice in town, though with just four rooms available this is another that’s worth reserving in advance year-round. The mini-resort is located amid a bunch of accommodation options along the lane parallel to the lake, though there is neither direct access to or even views of the lake. The... Read our full review of Jongkham Place.

1/1 Khunlumprapas Soi 3, Jong Kham
600B to 1,500B
Piya Guest House
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1/1 Khunlumprapas Soi 3, Jong Kham
T: (053) 611 260

Occupying a prime piece of Mae Hong Son real estate, right by the edge of picturesque Jong Kham Lake and opposite the town’s iconic Shan-style wats, with comfortable and cosy chalets set in an attractive garden, Piya Guest House is a stand-out address. The chalets, set around the edge of the garden, aren’t exactly huge but are well laid out and all come with small terraces and views of... Read our full review of Piya Guest House.

26/1 Chamnan Satit Rd, Jong Kham
Under 600B
Baan Mai Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
26/1 Chamnan Satit Rd, Jong Kham
T: (080) 499 1975

Simple rooms but a cute set-up and a friendly, family-style atmosphere make Baan Mai one of our recommendations amid the clutch of budget guesthouses in the streets around Jong Kham Lake. As is the case with many in the area, this guesthouse is located in a converted private house so has a very limited number of rooms on offer. Baan Mai is an old but well-maintained wooden building separated... Read our full review of Baan Mai Guest House.

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90 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
1,500B to 4,000B
Baiyoke Chalet Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
90 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
T: (053) 613 132-9

Baiyoke Chalet is a long-standing, mid-sized and mid-range establishment, and as their rooms have seen regular makeovers over the years we’ve no hesitation in recommending here if you feel comfortable with classic hotel-style accommodation. Staff are efficient and helpful with generally decent levels of English and the hotel is popular with both local and foreign visitors to Mae Hong Son. We... Read our full review of Baiyoke Chalet Hotel.

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112/2 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
600B to 1,500B
Mae Hong Son Mountain Inn and Resort
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
112/2 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
T: (053) 611 8023-3

The Mae Hong Son Mountain Inn and Resort is a mid-sized and mid-range option with efficient English speaking staff, a heavy emphasis on decor and reasonably priced rooms. Pros are a delightful garden courtyard to the rear, decent-sized pool and well-appointed rooms while cons are a somewhat out of centre location and, when we visited in rainy season at least, slightly musty interiors. Still... Read our full review of Mae Hong Son Mountain Inn and Resort.

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51 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
Under 600B
Panorama Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
51 Khunlumprapas Rd, Jong Kham
T: (081) 646 7229

A long-standing Mae Hong Son institution, the old Panorama Hotel is located on the main road just before the traffic lights as you reach the town centre from the north and it is a useful budget to flashpacker hotel-style address. That’s in terms of prices anyway and though there isn’t anything remotely flash about the hotel, the somewhat rundown exterior does hide some simple but... Read our full review of Panorama Hotel.

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9 Udom Chao Nithet Rd, Jong Kham
Under 600B
The Like View (Likeview) Guest House
Backpacker - Under 600B
9 Udom Chao Nithet Rd, Jong Kham
T: (083) 568 4752

Another option in the small, family-run guesthouse style, The Like View, (yes the name confused us too, but it isn’t a typo), is another favourite in the Jong Kham area and stands out as being the only one in the area with a genuine lake view. Like View, sometimes written Likeview, is located amid a strip of budget establishments along Udom Chao Nithet Road—almost next door to Baan... Read our full review of The Like View (Likeview) Guest House.

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Outskirts of town

While there are plenty of Thai-style resorts on the outskirts and further surrounds of Mae Hong Son, many of them are firmly focussed on the domestic tourism trade. Our selections instead include two within possible walking distance of town and one further flung spot which is a real stand-out.


64 Moo 10, Pha Bong District, Nam Tok Mae Surin National Park Rd, off Highway 108
1,500B to 4,000B
Fern Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
64 Moo 10, Pha Bong District, Nam Tok Mae Surin National Park Rd, off Highway 108
T: (053) 686 110-1

The delightful chalet-style Fern Resort is set in sprawling gardens in a rather out of the way location, but it is worth the effort of getting to as this is one of our favourite spots to stay in and around Mae Hong Son. It has great rooms, a pleasant restaurant and bar, campfire area and swimming pool as well as lots of local hiking opportunities, so once there you won’t really need to move... Read our full review of Fern Resort.

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Up the hill off Makasanti Road, Mae Hong Son
Under 600B
Pana Huts
Backpacker - Under 600B
Up the hill off Makasanti Road, Mae Hong Son
T: (097) 936 7370

An unusual option in a chalet style, Pana Huts presents what are on a good day rustic, or a bad day worse for wear, chalets in a somewhat overgrown garden hiding some of the cutest and best decorated rooms in town. Pana is one of the first establishments you reach going up the hill off Makasanti Road so not quite as far out of town as some up this way. Allow 10 to 15 minutes to walk into... Read our full review of Pana Huts.

250 Moo 11 (off Makasanti Road), Mae Hong Son
600B to 1,500B
Sang Tong Huts
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
250 Moo 11 (off Makasanti Road), Mae Hong Son
T: (053) 611 680

Sang Tong is one of Mae Hong Son’s oldest guesthouses, having been established way back in 1987 and it has remained under the same Australian ownership ever since—today this is a well-organised and fine-tuned operation. They boast a wide range of tastefully laid out and eco-friendly chalets built out of traditional local materials set in a delightful garden located a short distance... Read our full review of Sang Tong Huts.

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