Boat trips

Boat trips

Go for a float down the scenic Pai River

More on Mae Hong Son

Head south out of town on the road that follows the Pai River and you’ll see signs for the pier, Tha Huay Dua, where boat trips down the picturesque river are on offer.

Travelfish says:
Pack a hat. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Pack a hat. Photo: Mark Ord

The village charges an entrance fee of 250 baht not included in the price of the boat. A second nearby Kayan village, Huay Sua Tao, is accessible by sealed road from town and you’ll find further details, as well as our overall take on the pros and cons of visiting the Kayan villages in our Huay Sua Tao section.

During high season you may be able to organise bamboo rafting from this pier too and the adjacent stretch of the river is scenic even if you don’t have a particular destination in mind. Certain tour and trekking programmes include bamboo rafting.

The Pai River is well known for white-water rafting but bear in mind that since the river flows from the east, these trips all finish rather than start in Mae Hong Son and consequently booking these trips in Pai will be easier and cheaper. Yes of course the river continues on towards Burma west of Mae Hong Son, but at the time of writing there were no facilities in Mae Hong Son other than some bamboo rafting (high season only). Be warned then that while rafting is offered by certain Mae Hong Son agents, they will take you almost back to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

Log in to Travelfish

Please sign in to read the rest of this page. The full text is around 200 words.

Log in now
Become a Travelfish member

Choose from a free two-day pass right through to a lifetime membership.

Find out more

Reviewed by

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.

Tours in Thailand



Our top 10 other sights and activities in and around Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son Living Museum
Mae Hong Son Living Museum

Fascinating do it yourself historical walking tour

Ban Rak Thai
Ban Rak Thai

A great day out on a scooter

Trekking
Trekking

Many options

Huay Sua Tao and visiting the Kayan people
Huay Sua Tao and visiting the Kayan people

Interesting visit and they need the cash

The Bamboo Bridge, Su Tong Pae
The Bamboo Bridge, Su Tong Pae

An attractive and photogenic stop-off

Mae Hong Son markets
Mae Hong Son markets

A few to choose from

Tham Pla National Park
Tham Pla National Park

The fish cave

Tham Wua Forest Monastery
Tham Wua Forest Monastery

Only worth visiting for meditation purposes