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Getting There & Away

There are four daily sŏrng·tăa·ou (passenger pick-up trucks) that head towards Mae Aw from Mae Hong Son, all of which depart from a stall opposite the market. Two head to Ban Ruam Thai (80B, one hour, 9am and 3.30pm), while two terminate in Mae Aw (80B, one hour, noon and 3pm). The latter depart only when full, which can sometimes be a couple of hours after the scheduled departure time. Because of this, it’s probably worth getting a group of people together and chartering a vehicle; the sŏrng·tăa·ou drivers we talked to quoted from 1200B to 1600B for either destination, while any tour agency in Mae Hong Son will arrange a vehicle for around 1500B. Heading back to Mae Hong Son, sŏrng·tăa·ou leave Ban Ruam Thai at 5.30am and 11am, and Mae Aw at 8am.

Alternatively, the route also makes a brilliant motorcycle ride – just make sure you have enough petrol, as the only station is in Ban Na Pa Paek, at the end of a very long climb.