Photo: Just stunning lake views.

Things to see and do

Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham
Chamnansatit Road, beside Jong Kham lake, Mae Hong Son

The twin Shan/Burmese style wats of Wat Jong Klang and Jong Kham and their reflections on Jong Kham Lake create the iconic Mae Hong Son view. ... Read more about Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham .

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Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu, Wat Muay Thor & Wat Kam Kor
Western side of town, Mae Hong Son

The hill-top temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu is better known for its splendid views over the surrounding area rather than the actual architecture itself. ... Read more about Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu, Wat Muay Thor & Wat Kam Kor .

Mae Hong Son Living Museum
Singhanat Bamrung Road, Mae Hong Son
T: (053) 611 944

The Mae Hong Son Living Museum is a splendid initiative set up to highlight and as much as possible protect the town’s cultural and architectural heritage. ... Read more about Mae Hong Son Living Museum .

Huay Sua Tao and visiting the Kayan people
North and south of Mae Hong Son town

The nearby Kayan village of Huay Sua Tao is a popular highlight on many peoples’ Mae Hong Son itineraries so we’ll try and kill two birds with one stone here and describe a visit to this easily accessible village with a broader commentary on both the ethnic group and our take on the ethics of visiting their villages. ... Read more about Huay Sua Tao and visiting the Kayan people .

Mae Hong Son markets
Scattered around twon

Like any Thai town, Mae Hong Son has its fair share of markets and here are a handful that are worth a look for the more market-inclined traveller—note that not all are open ... Read more about Mae Hong Son markets .

Boat trips
Tha Huay Dua (Huay Dua Pier)

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. ... Read more about Boat trips .


You will come across various trekking options on offer at Mae Hong Son tour operators’ counters—albeit not to the extent as Pai—lasting anything from a few hours to several days. ... Read more about Trekking .

The Bamboo Bridge, Su Tong Pae
Kung Mai Sak Village, around 7kms north of Mae Hong Son at the junction of Highway 1095 and the Ban Rak Thai road.

Mae Hong Son’s bamboo bridge—known in the Shan language as Su Tong Pae—is another of those sites that, while perhaps not worth travelling far out of your way to see, definitely merits a stop if you’re passing by. ... Read more about The Bamboo Bridge, Su Tong Pae .

Tham Pla National Park
17km from Mae Hong Son on road to Pai

Tham Pla (Fish Cave) is around 17 kilometres out of Mae Hong Son on the Soppong and Pai road and is the most famous feature of the vast Tham Pla, Namtok Pha Sua National Park which covers much of this mountainous north-western corner of the ... Read more about Tham Pla National Park .

Ban Rak Thai
44km from Mae Hong Son

Formerly a notorious KMT (Kuomintang) army post named Mae Aw, the border village of Ban Rak Thai has reinvented itself as a kind of mini Mae ... Read more about Ban Rak Thai .

Tham Wua Forest Monastery
Off the Mae Hong Son-Pai highway, Mae Suya district, Mae Hong Son
T: (081) 031 3326

Located just off the main highway, some 35 kms east of Mae Hong Son on the road to Sopong, and set in extensive parkland, is the forest temple and Vipassana meditation centre, Wat Tham Wua. ... Read more about Tham Wua Forest Monastery .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Mae Hong Son? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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