Beautiful bamboo and wooden huts
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 outside Mae Hong Son town centre. Short distance does translate to a 15 to 20-minute walk up a hill and down a narrow muddy track so first off we’d say it probably isn’t an ideal address if you don’t have any transport. If you do, then not only is it the clear pick of the bunch in this part of town off Makasanti Road, but it’s one of the best options anywhere in Mae Hong Son full stop.
The lush and of course by now mature garden makes for a picturesque setting and the chalets, (they’re certainly chalets, not huts!) are comfortable with obvious effort having been put into the decoration. Barely two of their chalets are alike with each room having a slightly different disposition and garden placement though fortunately rates have been standardised to some extent. (We’ll point you to their excellent website which includes detailed chalet by chalet descriptions to avoid adding 1,000 words to this review.)
Some all wood constructions are set on stilts with great balcony views while others, a mix of cement, wood and bamboo on ground level, come with smaller terraces. Some are square, others rectangular and one is even pentagon shaped to keep any local spirits at bay and there are twin or double bed formats. Larger family options are also on the menu. All have the attractive, old-fashioned, layered teak leaf roofs.
Room interiors are consistently excellent though with simple yet effective decoration including the ubiquitous varnished, pleated bamboo wall panels, teak floors and a few restrained Lanna touches. Furniture is a motley collection, verging on the rustic, but includes most items you’d require for a comfortable stay including intact mosquito nets above every bed. Deluxe versions come with fridges and while all are fan-cooled rather than air-con the latter is rarely needed in these parts—there is also a fine pool in the garden should you need to escape the heat of the day.
Their restaurant comes highly recommended—convenient since it’s such a hike from town—with well-prepared local and Shan dishes on the menu and several excellent western food options.
All their accommodation options these days are firmly in the flash-packer range and their published prices ranged from 1,000 baht for a smaller chalet up to 3,200 for huge suite ones. There are many options in between! You may find lower high season rates on online booking sites while low season ones are open to some negotiation depending upon occupancy levels and how many nights you plan to stay. For service, facilities, comfort levels and the delightful pool and garden we reckon Sang Tong is a very good deal at any time of year.
Address: 250 Moo 11 (off Makasanti Road), Mae Hong Son
T: (053) 611 680; (094) 229 0543;
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º57'25.84" E, 19º18'23.55" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||900 baht||1,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,200 baht||1,500 baht|
|Family room||1,800 baht||2,500 baht|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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