Mae Hong Son Tourist Attractions:
Located calmly in the green valleys, covered by mist all year round this captivating scenery makes Mae Hong Son as “The City of Dreams”. More than this, with outstanding of architecture; stood on the hill with the unique Shan’s style temple, the abundant natural beauty such as both big and small streams, lots of mountain ranges, magnificent caves, hot springs, variety of cultural city’s atmosphere. Furthermore, various other hill tribe villages, the simple fascinating Shan’s life style all these mention factors can attract tourists who are nature lovers to come and visit for once in their lives time.
Phraya Singhanartracha Monument:
The first Mae Hong Son’s governor monument located prominently on Khunlumprapas road at the center of town. Phraya Singhanartracha or “Shan ka lay” in Shan’s name, his origin was Thai Yai native from Burma or Myanmar but later he collected people to build a town in the name of “Baan Khun Yuam” in the south of Mae Hong Son. After, he was regarded as the rulers of Khun Yuam town, he was later appointed by the King of Lanna to be the official governor of Mae Hong Son in the year 1874. The tourists can drop in for doing some worship at the monument on the way to town.
Mae Hong Son Walking Street:
Mae Hong Son Walking Street is a small walking street which opens for the tourists to go for a stroll around the area from 6 pm. till l0 pm. The prominent point of this walking street is there will be Shan and hill tribes enter to sell for many local products of Mae Hong Son. They are not only foods, many more of souvenirs such as dolls, blankets, weaving cloth, bags, necklaces, bracelets, other ornaments, Shan dresses and hill tribes dresses but also other products e.g. Northern weaving cloth, Burmese wood sculptures. Most of foods are local food (Shan’s food), Northern food, Thai food and other edibles; moreover, they are also sold at reasonable price. Though Mae Hong Son Walking Street is just only small walking street but the charm of location and atmosphere in buying and selling which are not too crowded and they are not like too much business. This walking street really has a local atmosphere of Mae Hong Son city.
Nong Jong Kham Lake:
Nong Jong Kham Lake is a public park situated in the center of the city next to Jong Klang and Jong Kham temples. It originated by the nature which has water throughout the year it also is a recreation place for both local people and tourists. Moreover, Nong Jong Kham Lake is still used to be a place to hold the important traditions of the province, too.
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu:
Located on a hill to the west of town, is a major provincial landmark. There are two Burmese-style pagodas. The larger one was built in 1860 while the smaller one was erected in 1874. A panoramic view of Mae Hong Son can be enjoyed from the site.
Wat Phra Non:
It is one of the most beautiful and famous temple in Mae Hong Son which houses a 12-metre long Reclining Buddha in the Thai Yai style. It was built in 1875 by Phra Nang Miah (wife of Phraya Singhanatracha) and the temple also houses ashes of Mae Hong Son kings. Another main feature of the temple is the two large massive lion’s stone lying side by side, presumably providing the passage for those going up to pay homage to the Kong Mu Holy Relic on the hill.
Wat Hua Wiang:
Another name is Wat Klang Muang. This temple is on Sihanatbamrung Road next to the morning market in the middle of town. It was built in 1863. This temple houses the Phra Chao Pharalakhaeng, a Buddha statue dressed in beautiful attire. It is a replica of a major statue in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Wat Kam Ko:
It is opposite Wat Phra Non. Wat Kam Ko is a Burmese-style temple built in 1890. Kam Ko is the ancient local dialect. Another name is Wat Dok Bun Nak (Gangaw Indian Rose). A special architectural feature is the cover over the passageway from the entrance arch to the chapel. It also stores the ancient scriptures written in the ancient local dialect informing Thai Yai history.
Wat Jong Kham:
It is the first temple in a Burmese-style in Mae Hong Son. It is located on the bank of the swamp Nong Jong Kam and was built in 1827 by Phraya Singhanatracha a Thai Yai ruler of Mae Hong Son. The pillars are gilded in golden flakes. The temple houses a large Buddha statue with a lap width of 4.85 meters cast by Burmese craftsmen in 1926. The principal statue is another statue which is a replica of the statue in Wat Suthat in Bangkok.
Wat Jong Klang:
Wat Jong Klang is located next to and in the same compound Wat Jong Kham or it is called “Twin Temple” where a replica of the Phra Buddha Sighing is installed on an altar. There are several interesting items such as wooden figurines of human and animals which depict the phra Vejsandon Jakata (pronounced Cha-dok which means one of odd stories of former incarnations of the Buddha) created by Burmese craft men and brought over in 1857, painting on glass about the Jakata and on Prince Siddhartha, as well as on the ways of life of the time. The captions are in Burmese. There are also notations that the paintings were painted by Thai Yai artisans from Mandalay.
Near Wat Hua Wiang on Sighanatbumrung Road, this lively market is crowded from early morning till 9 am. It is where visitors can see people lifestyle and buy various local food and produces.
Mae Hong Son Royal Folks Art and Craft Centre:
It is located on Khunlumprapas Rd., and founded by royal queen Sirikit’s thought in 1984. The Queen spends time traveling to Mae Hong Son to find sources of supplementary income in order to be the place of training, supporting the occupation for Mae Hong Son’s people throughout every race of hill tribes, to help poor people and also to raise the standard of living at the same time. It is the place to produce all basketworks, carving, silverware, and weaving cloth in the unique details to sell for both tourists and interested persons. The centre will be opened from Mon. – Sat. at 08.00 am. – 4.30 pm.
Mae Saguad natural study route:
Mae Saguad natural study route was situated at Mae Surin Waterfall National Park, Phabong sub district, Mae Hong Son Muang district. It is controlled by National Park Guard, and is 9 km. away from Mae Hong Son city along the main road to Mae Sariang district there will be a road separates from the main road to the left then go deeply about 3 km. National Park Guard is there. The outstanding appearance of Mae Saguad natural study route is the route goes along the edge of Mae Saguad watercourse for 2 km. passing mixed deciduous forest, drought rainforest which are quite fertile, big trees and also there is natural meaning media by using the signboards along the route.
Pai River located at Mae Surin National Park. Where there is a beautiful beach that is suitable to stay overnight for a rest by putting up tent, many big and small cataracts, the high cliffs that are next right to the river line up complicatedly along both sides of the river it is appropriate to undergo the rapids by boat or bamboo rafting. The said activities will begin from Kong river at Huaisan village go down a river along the stream before reaching the point where the water flowing to meet with Pai water then becomes a big Pai River, along both sides of the river banks there are completely beautiful scenery, complex mountain range, the fertile forests, lots of islets and cataracts that waiting for your challenge.
Tham Pla – Namtok Pha Sua National Park:
Tham Pla – Namtok Pha Sua National Park has an area covering the right hand side of Mae Pai national reserved forest in Muang Mae Hong Son district, Pang Ma Pha sub district. With high complex mountain ranges lying down from north to south, they are still the sources of streams and rivers there are Tham Pla (Fish Cave) and Namtok Pha Sua (Waterfall) for natural uniqueness which are attractive and well known places of the people, where they are suitable for relaxing, Tham Pla – Namtok Pha Sua National Park cover about 488 square km. of the area or about 305,000 rais.
Most of landscape consists of many mountain ranges lying down complicatedly like the waves to touch north of Myanmar’s border. It is very steep and slope the highest of the mountain is on Doilarn mountaintop about 1,918 m. above the sea level. For the territories, the north and the west of the Nation Park reach Shan State of the Union of Myanmar, the south reaches Muang Mae Hong Son district, Mae Hong Son province, and the east reaches Pang Ma Pha sub district, Mae Hong Son province.
The climate in Mae Hong Son province is like the tropical rainy season beginning from the middle of May – the middle of October which is influenced by the southwest monsoon blowing pass the sea and the ocean bringing moist weather, when it makes abundant of rainfall specially in August there will be the most amount of rainfall of the year. Cold season begins in November – February from the influence of high pressure of air from China spreads out over Thailand this make the weather becomes cold and drought specially in November to January it is the period which gives the most plenty of fog, the average temperature is in 9 ̊C. Summer begins from the middle of February – the middle of May, it will be hot and stuffy especially in April will be the most hottest of the year, the average temperature is in 34 ̊C.
Fish Cave Tham Pla Forest Park:
Tham Pla – It is about 17 kilometers from town on Highway No. 1095 (Mae Hong Son-Pai), Tham Pla is a popular attraction of Mae Hong Son where the visitors can travel to in any season. The surrounding areas are brooks and cool hilly forests and many species of plants. It’s suitable for relaxation. A special feature is the hollow cave or a small pond in a rock width 2 meters, depth 1.5 meters which filled with numerous freshwater fish known as Pla Mung or Pla Khang, which is of the same family as the carp. The fish are quite safe from being caught as they are believed to belong to the gods.
Su Tong Pe Bamboo Bridge:
Su Tong Pe Bridge is a bamboo bridge built by the Kung Mai Sak villagers, the bridge has approximately 2 meters wide and 500 meters long across through the rice field and Mae Sa Nga River to link the Phu Sa Ma temple and the Kung Mai Sak village. The purpose of creating is to use as a walkway for the monks and novices on their morning alms round, and the villagers are more convenient to travel especially during the rainy season, moreover, it was the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand. The journey to Kung Mai Sak village, the tourists can take about 20 minutes from Mae Hon Son town by driving along the highway no. 1095 about 8 kilometers then turning left to the Highway no. 3011, and driving farther more about 2 kilometers to the village.
Pha Sua Waterfall:
Is in Mok Cham Phae sub district about 17 kilometers from the town, on Route 1095 to Pai district with a left turn to Ban Rak Thai village. The waterfall is a further twenty kilometers from the village. It is the 6 level cataracts huge and picturesque. The best time to visit the fall is between early August to late September.
Ban Rak Thai (Chinese village):
This village is situated at Mok Cham Phae sub district, about 44 kilometers from Mae Hong Son .It is the last village near the Thai-Myanmar border. Founded by Kuomintang Chinese soldiers. Most of people here are Chinese who refugees from the south of China during the government change to be communism. The village is famous for its breathtaking views and tea cultivation. Visitors can see how the tea is grown and harvested and taste some delicious U-long tea. An annual Tea Tasting Festival is held at Ban Rak Thai in February.
Ban Ruam Thai:
Ban Ruam Thai is away from Mea Hong Son about 44 km. Takes the route to Pha Sua waterfall until reach Ban Na Pa Paek and then turn left and keep go on for another 6 km. Tourists will see variety of hill-tribes people. Try fresh coffee from the field. Behind the village is a beautiful lake and evergreen forest area. There are also the place for camping and accommodation to stay.
Pang Tong Palace:
Located in Mok Cham Phae Sub district area. Follow along the route of Huai Khan-Baan Na Pa Paek with a steep road leading into the mountains. The palace is on the high mountain at Baan Pang Tong in the Pang Tong Highland Development Project. There is attractive scenery along the both sides of the road. The area inside the palace has various demonstration flowers plot of land, fruit orchards, raising animals for example sheep and pheasants.
Mae Hong Son Bamboo Study Centre:
Located close to the Pang Tong Highland Development and Service Centre. This is an initiative of Queen Sirikit which is under the proceeding of Mae Hong Son Province and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Mae Hong Son. Providing to be a new eco-tourism place which contains a unique character of Mae Hong Son. It has been covered 300 rais of land which is the land with 6 natural species of bamboos and beautiful prominent nature of the country together with the Pang Tong brook, the natural water resource that can provide a plenty of water.
Huai Pong On Waterfall:
It is a small waterfall with water flowing all year round; it was situated in Tham Pla – Namtok Pha Sua national park. There is a very nice landscape on the way to the waterfall with some pools that seem to invite the tourists for bathing.
Baan Num Piengdin:
It was situated near the Thai – Myanmar border in Pabong sub district. It is very popular in going along the river by boat. The tourists have to go on board at Baan Huai Dua port. After that the boat will go along the river Pai which has a very pleasant nature, full of mountain ranges, and mixed deciduous forest along the both sides of the river. All through the way on the river the tourists will pass and see lots of ripples descending beautifully, it is really the most beautiful scenery. Moreover, along the way on the river to Baan Num Piengdin most of the tourists cannot forget to drop in at Baan Poo Gang to greet all Padongs or “The Long Neck Karen” which known by everybody.
Phabong Hot Spring:
10 km. away from town the tourists will see the most popular hot spring of Mae Hong Son people. Specially, in cold season there will be a lot of people to go there to relieve their coldness. Inside the area, it has also been provided to be a beautiful park for relaxing.
It is a small waterfall which is known as Dumkawn waterfall in another name, located 12 km. far from Mae Hong Son town. There are 3 stages of levels and flowing step by step from Dumkawn brook which is like a high steep cliff. It is one of a beautiful waterfall that has never been seen before. The interested tourists can go and visit throughout the year.
Baan Yod Doi:
Or Meo Micro web Village which is well-known amongst both villagers and the tourists. The tourists can use Mae Hong Son – Khun Yuam route in your travelling. It is 8 km. high steep asphalted road towards Hmong village; they are still very strict in reserving all the cultures and traditions. The environment around is steep mountain ranges descending beautifully step by step including the simple life style without any civilization that attract all the tourists to visit and see.
Baan Rung Arun:
Situated 30 km. away from Mae Hong Son Muang district (using high way 1095 Mae Hong Son – Pang Ma Pha). It is Chinese Yunnan village that settles in the valleys among lots of big and small mountains. The landscape is very beautiful which is very difficult to be seen in any other places. The tourists can walk to have a look of their cultures, and make a visit at Tham Wua temple in the area nearby which has equal natural beauty. In order to have an adequate time to look around of its beauty therefore, the villagers have provided the Home Stay for all the tourists who would like to stay overnight there.
Mae Hong Son Muang District:
Mae Hong Son Muang District situated in the north of Mae Hong Son province which has its boundary next right to Kaya State of Myanmar and Pang Ma Pha district in the North, in the East is next to Pang Ma Pha district, Pai district, Kalayaniwatana district, and Mae Chaem district in Chiang Mai province, in the South is next to Mae Chaem district in Chiang Mai province and Khun Yuam district, and in the West is next to Kaya State of Myanmar. Most of the area is steep sophisticated mountains, the climate: there are 3 seasons summer begins from March-May, the rainy season begins from June-October, and cold which begins from November-February the average temperature for the whole year is 28˚C. The total area is 2,483.115 square km. the total population is 61,999 persons (2020) which consist of Native people, Shan, Karen, Hmong, Lisu, Pa-o and Lahu. Most of the people earn their living in agriculture such as growing rice, beans, garlic-onions, other fruits and vegetables, livestock. Mae Hong Son Muang district divided the administrative area into 7 sub districts namely: Chong Kham sub district, Huai Pong sub district, Pha Bong sub district, Pang Mu sub district, Mok Champae sub district, Huai Pha sub district, Huai Pu Ling sub district, and there are altogether 69 villages.