Mae Hong Son City

Mae Hong Son City is the administrative capital of Mae Hong Son Province. The ‘city’ moniker comes from consistent translation of the Mueang district name – commonly used to identify provincial capitals in Thailand.

Mae Hong Son City

Mae Hong Son city does have a significant population but is spread out with plenty of greenery. The best place to get a view of the city and surrounds is from Wat Doi Kong Mu which is perched on a central hill in the valley.

During the day, there is little in the town specifically designed for tourists, but watching the locals go about their business is interesting – the fresh markets are a hive of activity early in the morning.

Fresh markets in Mae Hong Son City
At night, the action is all around the lake Chong Kham in the center of town. There is a small walking street along the northern edge of the lake. On the southern side of the lake, there are two temples under lights at night: Wat Chong Klang, and Wat Chong Kham.
Temples at night in Mae Hong Son City

Places to Stay in Mae Hong Son City

Clean budget accommodation is available at Ngamta Hotel, which is a short walk from the lake and walking street. If you want a more standard hotel experience, the Imperial Mae Hong Son is a few minutes south of the city.

Where to Eat in Mae Hong Son City

At night, there are various street food and pub food options at the lake / walking street.

Walking Street in Mae Hong Son City

For a more comfortable experience, we recommend Fern Restaurant.

Nearby Attractions

Mae Hong Son City

Su Tong Pae Bamboo Bridge

Ban Huai Sua Tao Village

Doi Kong Mu Temple

Huay Pu Keng Village

Map of Mae Hong City and surrounding districts

Mae Hong Son City – Multi-Day Itineraries

Mae Hong Son Bus Service

If you plan to travel independently to Mae Hong Son, there is a bus service available. See the timetable below for information regarding the bus service from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son, and return journeys.

Bus Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son ฿ 250–300 3h 30m – 6h
  •   Minivan 06:30, 07:30, 08:00, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 17:00, 18:00, 20:00
  •   Minivan 07:00, 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 15:30, 17:00, 22:00