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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…
Top Choice Thai in Mae Hong Son

Morning Market

Mae Hong Son's morning market is a fun place to have breakfast. Several vendors at the northern end of the market sell unusual fare such as tòo·a poo ùn, a Burmese noodle dish supplemented with thick split pea porri…
Top Choice Thai in Mae Hong Son

little good things

In a town with such unique and tasty local food, we were reluctant to risk a meal at this new vegan cafe/restaurant. But 'little good things' is probably one of the better restaurants in town. A short menu lists app…
Thai in Mae Hong Son

Chom Mai Restaurant

The English-language menu here is limited, but don’t miss the deliciously rich kôw soy (northern-style curry noodle soup) or kôw mòk gài (the Thai version of biryani).Chom Mai is located about 4km south of Mae Hong …
Religious in Mae Hong Son

Jong Para Festival

An important local event, this festival is held towards the end of the Buddhist Rains Retreat around October – it’s three days before the full moon of the 11th lunar month, so it varies from year to year.
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…
Religious in Mae Hong Son

Poi Sang Long Festival

Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham are the focal point of this March festival, where young Shan boys are ordained as novice monks in the ceremony known as boòat lôok gâaou. As part of the Shan custom, the boys are dre…
Cultural in Mae Hong Son

Loi Krathong

During this national holiday in November – usually celebrated by floating grà·tong (small lotus floats) on the nearest pond, lake or river – Mae Hong Son residents launch balloons called grà·tong sà·wãn (heaven grà·…
Hot Springs in Mae Hong Son

Pha Bong Hot Springs

Eleven kilometres south of the capital in the Shan village of Pha Bong is this public park with hot springs. You can take a private bath or rent a room, and there’s also massage (per hour 150B). The springs can be r…
Bar in Mae Hong Son


This friendly bar-restaurant is a crossroads in every sense, from its location at one of Mae Hong Son’s main intersections to its clientele that ranges from wet-behind-the-ears backpackers to hardened locals. And th…