Mae Hong Son Travel Guide - Thung Bua Tong
A beautiful scenery of Thung Bua Tong – Mae Hong Son Travel Guide

Introduction to Mae Hong Son Travel Guide

The province is known as “The City of Three Mists” because it is surrounded by high mountains, has cold temperatures, and is covered in mist all three seasons. Mae Hong Son is Thailand’s most mountainous province, surrounded by the high mountain ranges of the Shan Hills. Shan State of Myanmar, Chiang Mai, and Tak are neighboring provinces. 

Mae Hong Son arose from Chao Kaeo Muang whose a Chiang Mai royal that has created an elephant corral in 1831. In 1874, it was designated as a city and later in 1893 became a province. The traditional architecture is heavily influenced by the Burmese as it is also within a few kilometers from Myanmar’s border.

Mae Hong Son is a remarkable province with temples in Burmese and Lanna styles. The province is known for its hot springs, hill tribe communities, trekking, rafting, and national parks. In addition to having a charming city center in Mae Hong Son, the small district of Pai is also a popular tourist destination. Many visitors come to Mae Hong Son to see the natural beauty of northern Thailand.

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How to get to Mae Hong Son

Map of Mae Hong Son Province

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Top Attractions in Mae Hong Son

Sunrise at Thung Bua Tong

Thung Bua Tong

The scenic mountain area is known for fields of beautiful Mexican sunflowers in the winter.

Pang Oung

Pang Oung

A small alpine lake and hill tribe community lies deep in the highlands near the Myanmar border.

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu

An ancient temple best known for its two iconic Burmese-style white pagodas.

Ban Rak Thai Village

Ban Rak Thai Village

A small highland community located near the Myanmar border.

Wat Chong Kham

Wat Chong Kham

An ancient temple that was originally built in 1827 by Tai Yai artisans.

Su Tong Pae Bridge

Su Tong Pae Bridge

A bamboo bridge constructed by the volunteers for monks to cross over the rice field.

Santichon Village

An old settlement developed by Chinese who migrated China during the civil war.

Tha Pai Memorial Bridge

Tha Pai Memorial Bridge

A steel bridge built by Japanese soldiers during the World War II.

Tham Pla – Namtok Pha Suea National Park

A national park featuring caves, waterfalls, and steep mountain terrain.

Side Trips

External Resources

Mae Hong Son Travel Guide - Ban Rak Thai Village
A spectacular view at Ban Rak Thai Village – Mae Hong Son Travel Guide

Summary of Mae Hong Son Travel Guide

Mae Hong Son is one of Thailand’s most remote provinces, located in Northern Thailand. Mae Hong Son is a popular destination for those looking to get away from the crowds. It is known for its magnificent landscape, hill tribes, and outdoor sports. If you still can’t decide where to go, consider visiting one of Thailand’s top tourist destinations:

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