Nestled in a deep valley hemmed in by high mountain ranges, Mae Hong Son has long been isolated from the outside world. Virtually covered with mist throughout the year, the name refers to the fact that this terrain is highly suitable for the training of elephants. Former governors of Chiang Mai used to organise the rounding up of wild elephants which were then trained before being sent to the capital for work. Today, Mae Hong Son is one of the “dream destination” for visitors. Daily flights into its small airport bring growing numbers of tourists, attracted by the spectacular scenery, numerous hilltribe communities and soft adventure opportunities.
Mae Hong Son is one of Thailand’s most remote provinces and thus retains its own separate identity. At the same time, the provincial capital is readily accessible by air and road. Nestled in its own lovely valley and surrounded by hills that are often shrouded in early morning mist, this small town is one of the most enchanting places in the entire North. Burmese-style temples, a picturesque lake, a hilltop vantage point and a bustling morning market afford scope for leisurely sights-seeing, while a choice of hotels makes it an excellent base for excursions into the surrounding countryside.
Attractions in Mae Hong Son by Other Districts
Phraya Singhanatracha Memorial, Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu, Wat Phra Non, Wat Kam Ko, Wat Hua Wiang, Wat Chong Kham, Wat Chong Klang, Namtok Pha Bong, Ban Ruam Thai or Pang Ung, Ban Rak Thai, Tham Pla, Namtok Pha Suea, Ban Nam Phiang Din, Pha Bong Hot Spring, Mhong Microwave Village
Tham Lot Cave, Mae Lana Cave, Ban Ja Boe
Maenam Pai, Wat Klang, Wat Nam Hu, Wat Phrathat Mae Yen, Namtok Mo Paeng, Mueang Paeng Hot Spring, Huai Nam Dang National Park, Pong Dueat Hot Spring, Tha Pai Hot Spring, Pai Canyon, World War II Memorial Bridge, Santichon Village, Mae Yen Waterfall, Pai Walking Street, Kho Kuu So Bridge, Land split, Pam Bok waterfall, Wat Sri Don Chai, Thom’s Pai Elephant Camp
Wat Muai To, The World War II Museum, Wat To Phae, Bua Tong Fields at Doi Mae U-Kho, Namtok Mae Surin National Park, Phu Chi Per
Hill tribe villages (Lawa and Karen), Kaew Komol Cave, Ban La-Up
Wat Kittiwong, Phra That Jom Kit Ti Temple, Wat Phrathat Chomthong, Wat Phrathat Chommon, Pha Ma Lo Karen Village, The Tribal Development & Assistance Center, Salawin National Park, Mae Sam Laep Village