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Mae Hong Son

Northern Thailand
924 km from Bangkok
Province of Mae Hong Son
Population : 8 500


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General Information about Mae Hong Son

In northwest of Thailand, only a few kilometers from the border with Myanmar (formerly Burma), Mae Hong Son has become a tourist destination that often follows the steps to Chiang Mai and Pai. It is mostly its mountains, forests and countryside that make the charm of this destination. It is also the starting point for treks in the mountains to meet the tribes Karen, Lisu, Mhong, Lahu, and Lua and their villages. Mae Hong Son is often in a layer of fog that gives it a little mystery. The nights are cool even during the dry season. It is also an opportunity to discover temples in Burmese style. The city organizes numerous festivals honoring the hill tribes and their culture. A place for those looking for authenticity.
Also note that air quality in Upper Thailand is very often very bad from end of February to mid-April. Wearing a N95 mask can be recommended (use website or applications to know the AQI level).
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Accommodations in Mae Hong Son

In Mae Hong Son, we advise you to sleep in a hotel or guesthouse near Chong Kham Lake. The two most iconic temples in the city are on the bank of this lake. This is also where the night market is held. All around you will find many very cheap guest houses and bungalows. For instance, there are many in Udom Chao Ni-Thet and Chamnana Sathit Road. In Mae Hong Son, air conditioning is not necessary. We are in the mountains and the night temperature is lower than in most other regions in Thailand.

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People often ask me what accommodations I recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Mae Hong Son.

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Weather & climate in Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son has a tropical savanna climate but is in the mountains so the morning temperatures are cooler. It is not uncommon to see the summits around the city in the mist in the morning. Winters (from November to March) are dry and warm. Temperatures rise until April, the hottest month of the year when temperatures can occasionally exceed 40 °C. The monsoon season extends from May to October, with heavy showers and cooler temperatures during the day. Mae Hong Son has the record of the highehst température ever recorded in Thailand with 44.6 °C. Surprising for a city perched in the mountains.

The best time to come to Mae Hong Son is from November to the end of April. July and August are the rainiest months but there is no time when it is particularly unrecommended to go to Mae Hong Son.

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Practical information about Mae Hong Son

Nights are cool in Mae Hong Son so take some warm clothes. It is also better to go there during the hot season (November-March).

How to get around in Mae Hong Son ?

Tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis are the two options to get around in Mae Hong Son. But the most interesting temples, are in a fairly small area and can be visited by a small walking circuit. The most challenging part will be the climb to access Wat Doi Kong Mu. At the very quiet bus terminal a sign indicates the tuk-tuk or motorbike rates but to avoid this race, you can try to get off the bus a little before the bus terminal. To explore the countryside and points of interest around Mae Hong Son, rent a scooter or a bike(with speeds) at Titan for example. Local buses or songthaews go to major attractions (waterfalls, hot springs ...) but be careful if you choose this option because after 4 pm, it might be hard to find a bus to go back in the city. Check with your hotel or guesthouse to find out which local bus to take and where.

How to ask in Thai to go to Mae Hong Son ?

I want to go to Mae Hong Son / Yak paï ti Mae Hong Son.
Where is Mae Hong Son ? / Mae Hong Son you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Mae Hong Son

Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang

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Located on Lake Jong Kham, they are the oldest and the most famous ones in Mae Hong Son

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Moo

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White Shan temple built on a stretch of the mountain and offers a beautiful view of the city and surrounding countryside
My opinion :
This charming little bamboo bridge a few kilometers outside Mae Hong Son was bulit by locals in a pretty valley of rice fields. It connects the village to the temple which is at the top of the hill. A place with not many tourists where several times a year are held Buddhist ceremonies.
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