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MAE HONG SON

MAE HONG SON

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 this terrain is highly

suitable for the training of elephants. 


MAE HONG SON

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 this 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

destination” for visitors. Daily flights into its small airport

bring growing numbers of tourists, attracted by the

spectacular scenery, numerous hilltribe communities and

soft adventure opportunities.

Thai Yai Culture

The Thai Yai can be seen along the northern border with

Myanmar. They may at one time have been the most

numerous of the ethnic Thai tribes that stretch across

Southeast Asia. A large group settled in Mae Hong Son.

The Thai Yai culture has had a strong influence on the

province, as can be seen in its architecture. Although a part

of the Lanna region, the indigenous Thai Yai people living in

Mae Hong Son are faced with very cold weather during

winter and extremely hot weather in the summer, with mist

or fog practically throughout the whole year. Not

surprisingly they have had to adapt to the environment. As

a result, their architectural style has developed into

something different from other Lanna communities. Their

living quarters are usually built with tall floors and low roofs,

the sizes differing according to one’s social status and

position. Homes of the ordinary folks are usually with one

single level of roof, while those of the local aristocrats have

two or more levels forming a castle-like shape. The space

thus provided is believed to help air circulation. An

interesting feature of the Thai Yai style is the perforated

designs along the eaves which are an architectural identity

of the area.

HOW TO GET THERE

Travel from Bangkok

By Car: Mae Hong Son is located 924 kilometres from

Bangkok. Drive from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then

choose the following routes to Mae Hong Son:

1. Chiang Mai - Hot - Mae Sariang - Khun Yuam - Mae Hong

Son route (Highway No.108) with 1,864 curves, a distance of

349 kilometres.

2. Chiang Mai - Mae Malai - Pai - Mae Hong Son route

(Highway No.1095) a distance of 245 kilometres.

By Bus : An air-conditioned bus operates from Bangkok

Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2) on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd.

to Mae Hong Son everyday. The trip takes about 15 hours.

Tel: 1490 www.transport.co.th or Sombut Tour Tel: 0 2936

2495-8, 0 5368 4222 www.sombattour.com

By Train : One can travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by

rail and then continue to Mae Hong Son by bus. For more

information, call 1690, www.railway.co.th

Travel from Chiang Mai

Travel from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son can be either by

land or by air.

By Land : Mae Hong Son can be reached from Chiang Mai

either by Highway No. 108 via Hot, Mae Sariang, or Highway

No. 1095 via Pai. Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son buses operated

by Prem Pracha Transport (Tel: Chiang Mai office: 0 5330

4748, Mae Hong Son Office: 0 5368 4100, Pai Bus Station Tel:

08 1026 8852) departing from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus

Terminal everyday. The bus which run along Highway

No.108 takes 8 hours. The bus which run along Highway No.

1095 takes 6 hours.

An air - conditioned bus and Minivan operates from Chiang

Mai Bus station to Mae Hong Son everyday. The trip take 6

hours on Chiang Mai - Pai - Mae Hong Son route and 8 hours

on Chiang Mai - Mae Sariang - Mae Hong Son route. For

reservation please contract Prempracha Transport Chiang Mai

Office Tel: 0 5330 4748, Mae Hong Son Office Tel: 0 5368 4100

By Air : Nok Air operates flights from Chiang Mai to

Mae Hong Son daily. For current schedule, please contact :

Tel. 1318 or www.nokair.com

Kan Airlines operates flight between Chiang Mai to Amphoe

Mueang Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai to Amphoe Pai. For

reservation, please contact, Chiang Mai Office Tel: 0 5328 3311,

Mae Hong Son Office Tel: 0 5361 3188, Pai Office Tel: 0 5369 9955

or visit www.kanairlines.com

Distances from Amphoe Mueang Mae Hong Son to

the other districts:

Pang Mapha 67 km.

Khun Yuam 67 km.

Pai 111 km.

Mae La Noi 134 km.

Mae Sariang 164 km.

Sop Moei 192 km.

Other Distances:

Chiang Mai-Pai 135 km.

Pai-Pang Mapha 44 km.

Pang Mapha-Mueang Mae Hong Son 67 km.

Mueang Mae Hong Son-Khun Yuam 67 km.

Khun Yuam-Mae La Noi 67 km.

Mae La Noi-Mae Sariang 30 km.

Mae Sariang-Sop Moei 25 km.

Mae Sariang-Chiang Mai 191 km.

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