Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mae Hong Son

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu

Climb the hill west of town, Doi Kong Mu (1500m), to visit this temple compound, also known as Wat Plai Doi. Two Shan chedi, erected in 1860 and 1874, enshrine the ashes of monks from Myanmar’s Shan State. Around th…
Cave in Soppong

Tham Lot

About 9km north of Soppong is Tham Lot (pronounced tâm lôrt and also known as tâm nám lôrt), a large limestone cave with impressive stalagmites, ‘coffin caves’ and a wide stream running through it. Along with Tham N…
Village in Mae Sariang

Mae Sam Laep

The riverside trading village of Mae Sam Laep is nearly at the end of a 50km winding mountain road from Mae Sariang, within the boundaries of Salawin National Park. Populated by Burmese refugees, the town has a raw,…
National Park in Mae Sariang

Salawin National Park

This national park covers 722 sq km of protected land in Mae Sariang and Sop Moei districts. The park is heavily forested with teak and Asian redwood and is home to what is thought to be the second-largest teak tree…
Museum in Khun Yuam

Thai-Japan Friendship Memorial Hall

At the northern end of town is the recently renovated Thai-Japan Friendship Memorial Hall. After watching a brief film on the history of Khun Yuam, you’ll find displays and artefacts that document the period when th…
Buddhist Temple in Mae Hong Son

Wat Jong Klang

Wat Jong Klang houses 100-year-old glass jataka paintings and a museum with 150-year-old wooden dolls from Myanmar (Burma) that depict some of the more gruesome aspects of the wheel of life. The temple is lit at nig…
Village in Pai

Ban Santichon

The cheesy photo ops, piped-in music, restaurants serving Yunnanese food, tea tastings, pony rides, tacky re-creation of the Great Wall of China and mountaintop viewpoint can make parts of Ban Santichon seem like a …
Buddhist Temple in Khun Yuam

Wat To Phae

About 6km to the west of Khun Yuam, the atmospheric Wat To Phae sits alongside a rural stream and boasts a Mon-style chedi (stupa) and an immaculate Burmese-style wí·hăhn (sanctuary). Inside the latter, take a look …
Village in Khun Yuam

Ban Mae U Khaw

On the slopes of Doi Mae U Khaw, 25km from Khun Yuam via Rte 1263, is the Hmong village of Ban Mae U Khaw. During late November the area blooms with scenic Mexican sunflowers, known locally as dòrk boo·a đorng. This…
Buddhist Temple in Pai

Wat Phra That Mae Yen

This temple sits atop a hill and has terrific views overlooking the valley. To get there, walk 1km east from the main intersection in town to get to the stairs (353 steps) that lead to the top. Or, if you’ve got whe…