Category: Mae Hong Son Province

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 its 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 destinations” for visitors who are attracted by its cultural and natural wonders.

The Tham Lot Forest Park

is situated in a forest in Pang Mapha district some 77 kilometres from town. Here nature has created an exotic subterranean wonder of darkness and mystery. A brook runs from the cave mouth through to the other side of the mountain. It is a route where visitors may travel by raft or by foot to explore the 1 kilometre-long cave along which can be found beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Also discovered are 2,000 year old remains of utensils and coffins. There are services provided by villagers to guide visitors in their exploration.

Mae Lana Cave

Another site where stalactite and stalagmites can be found is the Mae Lana Cave. The stream inside the cave is habitat to eyeless and colourless fish that live in a dark environment.

Rafting along the Mae Pai

is an exciting and delightful recreation. Mae Pai itself is the longest river of Mae Hong Son originating from mountain ranges in Laos which flows through Pai district of the province and eventually joins the Salawin river in Myanmar, a total distance of 180 kilometres. With an average depth of some 7 metres, the river bed is mainly pebbled. There are several sectors eminently suitable for rafting past rapids and natural scenery including beautiful waterfalls. Tour operators in Mae Hong Son town or in Pai district can provide the necessary service, some are also able to provide elephant rides. The best time for rafting is from October to March.

Mae Ngao River

is a good water route for shooting the rapids. Adventure travel tourists can enjoy the unspoiled scenery along the river banks. Services available from tour operators in Mae Hong Son.

Huai Nam Dang National Park

At Km. 65 on the Pai-Mae Malai route (No. 1095), there is a turning leading to the headquarters of the Huai Nam Dang National Park. Visitors can spend the night in tents to wait for the spectacular views of sunrise and mist-shrouded mountain views in the morning. Cherry blossom during January adds charms to the attraction.

The Tha Pai Hot Spring

two kilometres off Route 1095 at KM. Marker 87, has an average temperature of Celsius. Steam from the spring permeates the site in the morning creating fascinating sights. The area is also rich in teak woods and suitable for overnight camping.

Wat To Phae

is located 7 kilometres from Khun Yuam having a large beautiful Burmese-style Wihan. According to the legend it is said that raft assembling people used to gather up in this area prior to making a teak trees raft trip to the marketing places.

Doi Mae U-kho

The Dok Bua Tong on Doi Mae U-kho blooms during November painting the entire Khum Yuam district in brilliant yellow drawing flocks of visitors to the area. A camping site is located about 26 kilometres from the district town on Highway No 1263. A little further on is a huge waterfall, the Mae Surin cascading one hundred metres down below. Here camping can also be set up.

Salawin National Park

Covering an area of 721 square Kilometres the Salawin National Park is on the bank of the Salawin river on the Thai-Burmese border about 164 kilometres south of Mae Hong Son. Transport can be hired to travel to Mae Sam Laep village and proceed on hired boat to reach the park headquarters. Scenery along the Salawin banks is captivating with forest and mountains and dotted with small hamlets. On the sandy beach in front of the headquarters camping is permitted.