Welcome to Mae Hong Son
With its remote setting and surrounding mountains, Mae Hong Son fits many travellers’ preconceived notion of how a northern Thai city should be. A palpable Burmese influence and a border-town feel don’t clash with this image, and best of all, there’s hardly a túk-túk or tout to be seen. This doesn’t mean Mae Hong Son is uncharted territory – tour groups have been coming here for years – but the city’s potential as a... Read More
Top experiences in Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son activities
3-Day Mae Hong Son Loop Motorcycle Tour from Chiang Mai
This excursion will take you first to the highest peak of Thailand (Doi Inthanon with 8,415 feet or 2,565 meters above sea level). Ride along winding and narrow twisty curvy roads with high mountain scenery along the Myanmar border on perfect tarmac roads. 1,864 curves through a vast panorama view of Mae Hong Son and the charming Pai. National Parks and non-touristic places full of unique history and activities.Early morning meet and greet at your accommodation in Chiang Mai. We will provide the tour briefing, and then your riding gear and bike. We will inform you briefly of local history, geography and acknowledge any personal requirements. Lastly we have a general Q&A opportunity for any concerns you might have related to the tour.Day 1. Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon – Mae Sariang (170 miles or 275 kms.)Familiarize yourself with your bike on the highway ride heading south of Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest peak in Thailand, 8,415 feet or 2.565 meter above sea level. Ride along the excellent winding mountain road through pine forest scenery. Visit Thailand’s finest waterfall, nature trails, Royal pagodas and botanical gardens. Descending to Mae Chaem for a relaxing lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch, ride on, passing through pine forests until we reach Mae Sariang where you later enjoy your peaceful accommodation.Day 2. Mae Sariang – Mae Hong Son – Pai (169 miles or 273 kms.)After breakfast, leave Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son on narrow twisty curvy roads. In Khun Yuam we make a break and visit a World War II museum. Visit the long-neck Karen tribe village near the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, the first temple of Mae Hong Son on the hilltop. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Visit Lod cave, which means, “cave with stream running through”, on a bamboo raft. Then back on twisty curvy roads to Pai. Visit Tha Pai hot spring, where you can enjoy a mineral bath. Then we reach a charming accommodation with swimming pool.Day 3. Pai – Chiang Mai (84 miles or 135 kms.)Before breakfast, in the very early morning you have a chance to offer food to the monks along the streets of Pai`s local market. After breakfast, visit the Pai World War II Memorial Bridge. Back on winding mountainous roads to Mok Fah waterfall. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Continue along winding roads, passing farming areas before heading back to Chiang Mai City.
2-Night Exploring the Mae Hong Son Region
Day 1: Arrival Mae Hong Son (L)Arrive to Mae Hong Son airport and join your transfer to your hotel. Settle in with lunch at local restaurant then in the afternoon, enjoy the drive to Phasuer Waterfall. Visit a Meo Hilltribe Village at Na Pa Pag and a Chinese Village at Ban Mae Or, located 1200 meters above sea level. Enjoy a walk around the village and try some home-made Chinese tea. Overnight: Mae Hong Son. Day 2: Mae Hong Son – Pai – Mae Hong Son (B,L) Enjoy an early breakfast before visiting a local bustling morning market. Your drive to the Pai District is along a scenic route offering views of this northern province. After a lunch at a local restaurant you will fill your afternoon with a visit to the 5,465-foot-long Lod Caves with natural stalactite and stalagmite formations before moving on to witness the culture of the Lisu & Lahu Hilltribe villages. A stop at Fish Cave will then have you on your way back to Mae Hong Son. Overnight: Mae Hong Son. Day 3: Departure Mae Hong Son (B,L) Enjoy breakfast at leisure then take a boat trip along the Pai River home to the exotic ‘Long Neck Karen Tribe’ with their necks elongated by brass rings. A picnic lunch will be served then in the afternoon you visit the famous temples: Wat Phra Dhat Doi Kong Moo and Wat Jong Kham. Relax and settle in for your transfer to Mae Hong Son airport.
Half Day City and Temples Tour of Mae Hong Son
Join this small group tour led by a professional guide during your stay in Thailand. There are two departure options: the morning departure at 8:30am and afternoon tour at 1:30pm. The vehicle will stops at the main hotel's lobby to pick you up.For the morning tour, you will depart from your hotel in Mae Hong Son to visit the town of the three mists, Mae Hong Son. We start with the morning market, known for its variety of fresh food. One of the oldest temples, Wat Jong Klang, definitely mends a visit it houses the oldest, most revered Buddha in the province, said to have been cast in Myanmar and recovered from the Pai River. It also has complex glass paintings and old ancient wood carving of the Lord Buddha. Both attractions were brought here from Myanmar in 1857. Next visit, the Wat Phra Thad Doi Kong Mu, is known as “Temple on the hill”. Built 150 years ago, its sits atop a 250 meters high hill offering fine views down over the city, and the surrounding mountains and valleys. Wat Phra Thad Doi Kong Mou, which is situated on the mountains at an altitude of 1500 meters. The view of the fog, surrounding the complex is very impressive, especially in the morning time.Please note that the afternoon tour does not include the morning market. You will be transferred back to your hotel in Mae Hong Son after the tour.
Full Day Fish Cave and Hill Tribe Villages of Mae Hong Son
Start the day with pickup in Mae Hong Son, then travel to Tham Pla National Park, where you’ll find hundreds of carp in a scenic, shady river, as well as a small shrine dedicated to protecting the sacred fish. The next stop is a Lahu Na (or Black Lahu) hill tribe village, the perfect place to learn about the distinctive customs, costumes, and languages of northern Thailand’s diverse tribal communities. After the village, continue to Tham Taralod Forest Park: ancient artifacts and prehistoric remains have been found in this protected area, and you’ll take a guided tour of a cave filled with colorful stalactites and stalagmites. Pause for lunch at a local restaurant, then spend the afternoon at a pair of villages that are home to White Karen and Lisu people, each with their own languages and traditions. Throughout the tour, take advantage of your day with a private guide to ask questions about local culture, meet members of Thailand’s hill tribes, and gain insight into the rural area that surrounds Mae Hong Son. This tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.