Paradise of Mae Hong Son 4 Days 3 Nights

Royal Pagodas
Mae Hong Son City
Wat Chong Klang
Pang Oung

Overview: Embark on an unforgettable tour that commences and concludes in Chiang Mai. Prepare for an exciting journey filled with exploration and discovery. On the first day, immerse yourself in the wonders of Doi Inthanon National Park, visiting its various attractions before spending the night in Mae Hong Son. Day two presents an opportunity to delve into the cultural richness of Mae Hong Son town, where you can marvel at its temples, including a visit to the renowned Sutong Pae Bamboo Bridge. Experience the tranquil beauty of Pang Ung Lake and engage in exhilarating rafting on Ban Rak Thai Lake, culminating in an overnight stay in Ban Rak Thai Village. On the third day, embrace the warm hospitality of the Lahu hill tribes at Ja Bo Village, gaining insights into their unique way of life. Explore the awe-inspiring Tham Lod Cave, adorned with captivating stalactites and stalagmites, marvels of nature’s artistry. As the tour enters its fourth day, venture to the famed attractions of Pai, including a visit to Wat Phra That Mae Yen Temple, the enchanting Santichon Chinese Village, the breathtaking Yun Lai Viewpoint, and the awe-inspiring Pai Canyon. Immerse yourself in the charm and allure of Pai before returning to Chiang Mai, concluding the remarkable journey. Prepare to be captivated as you embark on this multi-day adventure, immersing yourself in the beauty, culture, and natural wonders that await at every turn.

Itinerary

After arriving at Chiang Mai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and assisted with your transfer to the hotel. Once you have checked in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to relax and enjoy your stay in Chiang Mai and take this opportunity to explore the city at your own pace.

Your journey from Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon National Park promises to be a delightful adventure, filled with natural wonders and enriching experiences. Starting your day, you’ll admire the beauty of colorful flower plots and various varieties of vegetables and fruits at the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon. This research station focuses on studying winter plants, including flowers, ornamental plants, vegetables, fruits, and highland fisheries. Not only does it contribute to research and development, but it also plays a vital role in promoting fundamental development, social development, and forest watershed conservation. The income generated from this project also benefits the hill tribe farmers’ families residing in the surrounding villages. Next, you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Wachirathan Waterfall. This large, towering, single-tiered waterfall is renowned for its outstanding beauty and is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. The waterfall flows throughout the year, cascading down into the basin below with a height of 70 meters. During the rainy season, the water droplets glisten in the sunlight, often creating vibrant rainbows that enhance the waterfall’s beauty.

Continuing your journey, you’ll encounter the architectural marvel of the Twin Royal Pagodas, Napamethanidol, and Napapolpumisiri. Situated atop a high hill in Doi Inthanon National Park, these pagodas were built in collaboration with Thai people from across the country to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama 9 in 1987 and to honor Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on her birthday, August 12, 1992. The pagodas are surrounded by beautifully decorated winter flower gardens and a diverse range of plants. The pleasant and cool weather almost year-round provides an excellent opportunity to bask in the spectacular panoramic views from this vantage point, making it one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Chiang Mai.

The journey then takes you to Doi Inthanon, the highest peak in Thailand, rising to an altitude of 2,565 meters above sea level. As part of the Thanon Thongchai Mountain range, which stretches from the Himalayas across countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar, Doi Inthanon offers a diversity of climate and forest types. Tourists can experience rain forests, pine forests, and mixed forests as they ascend to different heights. At the peak, visitors will be rewarded with stunning panoramic scenery. The pleasant cool weather year-round, combined with the abundance of natural beauty, makes Doi Inthanon a captivating destination that attracts people from all corners of the world. Your journey then continues to Mae Hong Son, where you’ll arrive and transfer to your hotel to stay overnight. The experiences from your day’s adventure, from the mesmerizing waterfalls to the breathtaking views of Doi Inthanon, will surely leave a lasting impression and enrich your exploration of Mae Hong Son.

Your journey through Mae Hong Son continues with visits to some of the region’s most significant and picturesque places. First, pay your respects at Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu temple, the most important place of worship in Mae Hong Son. Situated atop Kong Mu Mountain, the temple features two distinct pagodas, one constructed by “Chong Thong Su” in 1860 and the other by “Phraya Singhanatracha” in 1874. From the hilltop, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding town, nestled amidst mountains and valleys. Continue your temple visits to Wat Chong Kham and Wat Chong Klang, both located next to a large swamp. These old temples showcase beautiful Burmese-style architecture and house the revered Buddha image, Luang Paw To. Wat Chong Klang is particularly notable for its vast collection of Burmese wood carving dolls and large glass paintings depicting Buddhist history.

Next, you’ll visit the Su Tong Pae Bridge, the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand. This impressive structure connects Suan Tham Phusama Temple and Kung Mai Sak village, crossing over lush paddy fields and canals. The bridge’s classic beauty is especially enchanting during the rainy season, when the verdant paddy fields shimmer in the rain and turn golden in the winter, complementing the stunning landscape surrounded by mountains. Your journey then takes you to the peaceful and serene Shan village known as Ban Ruam Thai or Pang Oung. This village, nestled among rugged mountain ranges, is home to a spectacular reservoir or big lake often referred to as “Switzerland in Thailand.” Surrounded by pine forests and adorned with colorful winter flowers, the area exudes a calm and serene atmosphere throughout the year. The sight of the pine forest reflected in the spacious reservoir, the morning fog floating above the lake in the cool weather, and the vibrant array of flowers attract visitors to this enchanting place all year round.

Continuing your exploration, you’ll visit Ban Rak Thai Village, located near the border between Thailand and Myanmar. This village is of Chinese Yunnan origin and was settled by former military members of the Chinese Nationalist 93rd division, also known as “Kuomintang,” who sought refuge from Southern China during the communist regime’s revolution and innovation. The stunning mountain scenery, bamboo rafting on the beautiful lake, colorful shrubbery in the village center, and picturesque green tea farmlands along the mountainside all contribute to the village’s charm. Savor the delightful Yunnan cuisine, including the esteemed Chinese tea known for its exceptional quality in Mae Hong Son province. Enjoy your overnight stay in Ban Rak Thai Village, surrounded by the beauty and cultural richness of the region.

Your journey to Pang Mapha district is set to be an exciting and enriching experience as you visit the Lahu hill tribe village at Ban Jabo and explore Tham Lod Cave. As you arrive in Pang Mapha, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking scenery of the region, characterized by majestic mountains, lush forests, and serene landscapes. Your first stop will be at Ban Jabo, a village belonging to the Lahu hill tribe. The Lahu people have a fascinating history, with their origins tracing back to Tibet. Over time, they migrated to different regions, eventually settling in the north of Thailand. The Lahu tribe is known for their simplicity, hospitality, and close-knit communities. As you explore Ban Jabo, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the Lahu culture, traditions, and way of life. The village’s location on a high mountain provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding natural beauty. Observe the unique architecture of the Lahu houses and admire the vibrant colors and intricate designs of their traditional clothing. Engage with the locals, and if you’re fortunate, you may witness some of their traditional practices, such as weaving or playing traditional musical instruments.

After immersing yourself in the Lahu hill tribe’s lifestyle, your journey continues with a visit to Tham Lod Cave. This magnificent cave is one of the most important archaeological sites in the region and holds a treasure trove of natural wonders. As you venture into the cave, you’ll be captivated by the striking stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over thousands of years. The cave is unique as it has a stream, known as “Laang,” flowing through it from one end to the other, adding to its splendor. Explore the depths of the cave and marvel at the early age antique tools and utensils, believed to be over 2,000 years old, giving you a glimpse into the region’s ancient history. To enhance your experience, consider taking a bamboo rafting excursion inside the cave, floating along the tranquil waters and witnessing the cave’s beauty from a different perspective. The short trekking around the cave will also lead you to hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

After your enriching visit to the Lahu hill tribe village at Ban Jabo and exploring Tham Lod Cave in Pang Mapha district, your journey now continues to the picturesque town of Pai. As you travel towards Pai, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, with lush greenery and scenic mountain ranges stretching out before you. The journey itself is a part of the adventure, and you’ll have the chance to soak in the natural beauty of northern Thailand. Once you arrive in Pai, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can unwind and relax after a day filled with exploration and discovery. Pai is renowned for its laid-back and tranquil atmosphere, making it the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate.

The town of Pai offers a delightful blend of natural beauty, cultural charm, and a vibrant arts scene. As the day winds down, consider taking a leisurely stroll through the town’s vibrant walking street. The lively night market is a hub of activity, with various stalls offering a wide array of handmade products, clothes, jewelry, and local souvenirs. It’s an excellent opportunity to pick up some unique keepsakes to remember your journey by. When it comes to dining, Pai boasts a diverse selection of restaurants serving both Thai and international cuisine. Treat yourself to some delicious northern Thai dishes, as well as international favorites. Don’t miss the chance to try some local delicacies and indulge in the flavors of the region. As night falls, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the unique atmosphere of Pai, with its blend of modernity and traditional charm. Enjoy a peaceful night’s rest at your hotel, preparing you for another day of exploration and experiences in this charming town.

Your journey through Pai and the surrounding areas promises to be a memorable and enriching experience, with a diverse range of attractions and scenic spots to explore. Your first destination is Santichon village, which offers a unique glimpse into the Yunnan Chinese culture and way of life. The village’s architecture, decorations, and environment still retain their distinct Yunnan Chinese style, reflecting the heritage of the early settlers who emigrated from China. From the nearby Yun Lai viewpoint, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking landscape of Pai city, surrounded by paddy fields and a rugged mountain range. The sea of mist that blankets the area during both winter and the rainy season adds to the magical atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness a spectacular sunrise from the viewpoint, creating a picture-perfect memory that will remain with you forever.

Next, you’ll visit Wat Phra That Mae Yen Temple, situated on a high hill in Mae Yen village. This temple offers stunning views of Pai city, especially during sunrise and sunset. The golden rays of sunlight spreading over the horizon, with the backdrop of the intricate mountain ranges, create a truly awe-inspiring sight that you’ll cherish. Your journey continues to the Memorial Bridge, a significant historical site dating back to the Second World War. Built during a time when Japan had a strong presence in Thailand, the bridge served as a route for transporting troops and arms into Myanmar. Today, it stands as a reminder of the past, and visitors often come here to capture its history through photographs. The Pai Canyon, also known as Kong Lan, is your next stop. This naturally occurring tourist attraction is a result of soil subsidence and erosion caused by wind and rain. The deep trenches, cliffs, and winding ridge-like formations create a continuous area of natural wonder that visitors can explore. The top of Pai Canyon offers a stunning view of the surrounding villages, farms, and mountains, providing an excellent opportunity for beautiful panoramic photos.

Finally, you’ll visit the Merit Bridge, known as “Khokuso.” This bamboo bridge, built by the villagers, stretches over the rice fields with picturesque mountains in the background. Its purpose is to provide convenience for monks to receive alms in the morning without disturbing the villagers’ agricultural crops. Additionally, the bridge allows both tourists and villagers to cross easily, making merit and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding forest, mountains, and rice fields. Upon arriving back in Chiang Mai, you will be transferred to your hotel to rest and relax after an eventful and adventurous journey through Mae Hong Son and Pai. Chiang Mai, often referred to as the “Rose of the North,” is a vibrant city known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and stunning landscapes.

As your remarkable journey in Northern Thailand comes to an end, it is time to bid farewell. Our dedicated team will transfer you to Chiang Mai Airport to ensure that your return journey or onward travels to other destinations go smoothly, and this is where our service ends.

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