Mae Hong Son is a mountainous border province of outstanding natural and cultural beauty. It is nestled in between Chiang Mai Province and Myanmar (Burma). Like Chiang Mai and many other provinces of Thailand, the capital city of the province is also called Mae Hong Son.
Pai & Surrounds
Pai is the most accessible location in Mae Hong Son for travelers starting in Chiang Mai. As such, Pai is considered the gateway to Mae Hong Son province and is an excellent base for exploration.
Yun Lai Viewpoint
Mae Yen Temple
Sai Ngam Hot Spring
Pai Memorial Bridge
Mae Hong Son City
The capital ‘city’ of Mae Hong Son is really a large town is convenient for its range of accommodation options, restaurants, and central location for exploring a number of nearby attractions.
Attractions in and around Mae Hong Son City include:
- Wat Doi Kongmu – an elevated temple in the city with good local views
- Huay Pu Keng – ‘Long Neck’ village accessible by boat
- Ban Huai Seua Thao – Another ‘Long Neck’ alternative that has an all-weather access road, and is a quicker stop than Huay Pu Keng if you have limited time.
- Su Tong Pae – A lengthy Bamboo bridge that spans rice fields and waterways between twin villages.
Mae Hong Son City
Su Tong Pae Bamboo Bridge
Doi Kong Mu Temple
Ban Huai Sua Tao Village
Huay Pu Keng Village
Phu Klon Mud Spa
North-Western Mae Hong Son
The most popular location in the far north of the province is Ban Rak Thai. Thus is a picturesque village build around a lake. The local people grow tea and celebrate their Yunnanese heritage. Other attractions in this area include Pang Oung lake / “Tomato” village, and Pha Suea Waterfall.
Ban Rak Thai
Pang Oung Lake
Pha Suea Waterfall
Pang Mapha District
There are a number of attractions along the routes between Pai, Mae Hong City and Ban Rak Thai. If you are traveling in this part of the province, you should consider the following attractions.
Ban Jabo Village
Doi Kiew Lom Viewpoint
Tham Pla Fish Cave
Tham Lod Cave
Multi-day Itineraries for Mae Hong Son
General Information about Mae Hong Son
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