I had flights and a hotel booked in Mae Hong Son for 3 nights in April but just got an email that Nok Air has cancelled all flights in and out of Mae Hong Son. There are no other flight options at that time. I need help figuring out what to do! We are going to be in Chiang Mai for 3 nights before. Would it make sense to extend our time in Chiang Mai for an extra 3 nights? I read about the Rabeang Pasak Tree House Resort - what are your thoughts on this? We chose Mae Hong Son to have a few quiet nights before a busy rest of the trip. Does anyone have a better idea? I thought of Pai but heard it's become a party place, not quiet! Or Chiang Rai but again not sure! Any help would be awesome!! Thank-you!
#1 canada28 has been a member since 27/10/2013. Posts: 3
Okay, I know I just posted this but just looked into the Tree House resort and seems like it's quite far from Chiang Mai and not much of anything to do around there. I like it being relaxing but that might be too much of doing nothing! Any ideas with parks or waterfalls or anything else nearby? Thanks!
#2 canada28 has been a member since 27/10/2013. Posts: 3
Which 3 nights in April? If it's around the 12-16th that is "Songkran" (Thai new year) festival and very busy for Chiang Mai and other popular northern cities, then gets quiet after. Anyway, do you prefer to stay in the city or be somewhere slightly out of town but not too remote? There is of course plenty of activity in town, but if you want a balance I'd recommend looking at resorts near Mae Rim, 20 km north of the city, preferably somewhere in the Mae Sa valley where route 1096 turns off the main 107 highway. Quite a lot of activities up there and some nice quiet scenic riding/driving, waterfalls, caves, elephant camp, etc. And you don't need to spend $2000/night for the Four Seasons which is out there - plenty of attractive places around $30-50. Relax, check out the area, then 30-minute ride into the city if you need some more action.
Not much in the way of waterfalls and caves I'm afraid, but an alternative would be to check out the nearby provincial capitals of Lamphun and Lampang. The former, a tiny moat-surrounded temple town, is under an hour's drive away from Chiang Mai and should make for an interesting day trip. Things to see include a particularly stunning stupa, two surprisingly excellent museums, and a smattering of temples, each one wildly different from each other. There is a cheap hourly municipal bus tour that will take your around the sights.
Lampang is a little further afield and to enjoy its lively night market you'll need to book a night at one of the hipster-aimed guesthouses on the river. Once a favourite destination of mine, but the recent commercialisation - best evinced by the sudden outcrop of oh-so-hip cafés - has really dampened my enthusiasm for the town, and I'd argue you'd be better off following Captain Bob's advice. While the laid-back vibe was still there when I last went, I doubt the town's horse carriages and pottery stalls (not to mention a rather charming 19th Century teak house) will be enough to make a visit in your case justifiable. But have a look at the photos in the links below: