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Bua Tong Fields at Doi Mae U-kho
The Dok Bua Tong (may be classified as wild sunflowers) blooms during
November painting the entire hilly area of Doi Mae U-kho in brilliant
yellow draw flocks of visitors to Khun Yuam district. Camping sites
arranged during the Bua Tong Bloom Festival is 26 kilometers from
the district on Highway No. 1263.
Khun Yuam Indigenous Cultural Center
Located at Km. 200 on Highway No. 108, the centre has a considerable
collection of Thai Yai and other hilltribes handicrafted products.
It also displays military accessories and equipment of the Japanese
army which entered Khun Yuam district during World War II.
Namtok Mae Surin National Park
Given national park status in 1981, this natural wonder, which straddles
Mueang and Khun Yuam districts, encompasses a wildlife and botanical
reserve, a huge waterfall and a spectacular terraced mountain.
Namtok Mae Surin, its main attraction, is 37 kilometres from Khun
Yuam district. It is a huge waterfall cascading eighty meters down
below. Here camping can also be set up.
Wat To Phae
This temple is located 7 kilometres from Khun Yuam having a large
beautiful Burmese style Viharn. According to the legend, it is said
that raft assembling people used to gather up in this area prior
to making a teak trees raft trip to the marketing places.
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Salween National Park
Covering a forested area of 721 square kilometers, the Salawin National
Park is on the bank of the Salween or Salawin River on the Thai-Myanma
border, about 164 kilometres south of Mae Hong Son. The Salawin
River originates from Tibet before winding through China, Thailand
and Myanmar for a total distance of more than 3,000 kilometres.
The river is regarded as the borderline between Myanmar and Thailand
for a distance of 120 kilometres.
Visitors wishing to take a boat along the river have tocontact
the park headquarters for their safety during the journey. The headquaters
also provide accommodation and other facilities. To get to the headquarters,
one can take Route 1194 from Mae Sariang district for about 4 kilometres,
then turn right and continue along a dirt road for 4 kilometres.
The best time for boat trip is from March to April when the water
level is low and sandy beaches appear. Sceneries along the riverbanks
are captivating with forest and mountains and dotted with small
For more information, contact Salawin National Park: P.O. Box 8,
Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son 58110.
1 kilometres up to a hill near Mae Sariang district, this temple
enshrines a huge Buddha image and overlooks the beautiful scenery
of Mae Sariang.
This temple enshrines Lord Buddhas' relics brought from Chiang Mai.
The door and window of the chapel are decorated with beautiful stucco
Ban Rak Thai
This village is situated 44 kilometres from Mae Hong Son via Pha
Suea Waterfall near the Thai-Myanmar border. Founded by Kuomintang
Chinese soldiers, 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.
Near Wat Hua Wiang on Sihanatbamrung 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.
Pha Bong Hot Springs
Covering an area of 3 acres, Pha Bong Hot Spring is located about
11 kilometres from town on Highway No.108. There are facilities
for mineral water bath for health purpose.
Phraya Singhanatracha Memorial
Situated at the foot of Doi Kong Mu, this monument commemorates
the first governor of Mae Hong Son. Phraya Singhanatracha is a Thai
Yai native from Burma (Myanmar). He was regarded by the people as
the governor of Khun Yuam Town, which was to the south of Mae Hong
Son. Later, he was officially installed as the governor of Mae Hong
Son by the King of Lanna in 1874.
Phu Khlon Health Treatment
At Phu Klon Country Club (Tel: 0 1473 8013), natural black mud which
has skin care and therapeutic benefits has been discovered. Now
the area is developed to be a spa resort. To get there, you can
travel 6 kilometres from town on Route 1095 (Mae Hong Son-Pai),
then turn left into Ban Kong Mai Sak Ban Huai Khan Road and continue
for 4 kilometres.
Tham Pla Pha Suea National Park
This comprises the following attractions:
Tham Pla - About 17 kilometres from town on Highway No. 1095 (Mae
Hong Son-Pai), Tham Pla is a popular attraction of Mae Hong Son.
The surrounding areas are brooks and cool hilly forests suitable
for relaxation. A special feature is the hollow cave 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.
Namtok Pha Suea - This waterfall is in Tambon Mokchampae about
26 kilometres from the provincial seat on Route 1095 to Pai district
with a left turn at Km. 191. It is a large fall with its water source
in Myanmar and runs full during the late rainy season (August-September).
Pang Tong Royal Pavilion - This is a hilltop pavilion at Ban Mokchampae,
some 5 kilometres beyond Pha Suea Waterfall. It is open every day
from 8.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.
Wat Chong Kham
This is an old temple on the bank of the swamp Nong Chong Kham.
It was built in 1827 by Thai Yai artisans. The pillars are gilded
in golden flakes. The temple houses a large Buddha statue with a
lap width of 4.85 metres cast by Burmese craftsmen. Another statue
is a replica of the Buddha image in Wat Suthat in Bangkok.
Wat Chong Klang
Next to Wat Chong Kham is Wat Chong Klang where a replica of the
Phra Phuttha Sihing is installed on an altar. There are several
interesting items such as wooden figurines of human and animals
depicted in the Phra Vejsandon Jakata (pronounced Cha-dok which
means one of odd stories of former incarnations of the Buddha) created
by Burmese craftsmen 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 by Thai Yai artisans from Mandalay.
Wat Hua Wiang
Another name is Wat Klang Mueang. This temple is on Sihanatbamrung
Road next to the morning market. Built in 1863, the 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
Opposite Wat Phra Non, Wat Kam Ko is a Burmese-style temple built
in 1890. A special architectural feature is the cover over the passageway
from the entrance arch to the chapel. It also stores text in Thai
Yai script chronicling the Thai Yai history.
Wat Phra Non
This temple at the foot of Doi Kong Mu houses a 12-metre long reclining
Buddha image in the Thai Yai style. The image was cast in 1875 by
Phranang Miah, the wife of Phraya Singhanatracha. Another main feature
of the temple is the two large sculpted lions lying side by side,
presumably providing the passage for those going up to pay homage
to the Holy Relic on the hill.
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu
Erected by the first governor of Mae Hong Son, this temple reflects
the strong influence of the Burmese. The highlights of this attraction
are the two lavishly decorated pagodas. Also, this hilltop temple
affords an exceptional aerial view of the city and surrounding mountains
Mae Hong Son has several tour operators that specialise in trekking.
Treks are designed to expose visitors to splendor nature and a variety
of hilltribes. The adventure may combine jungle walks with elephant
riding and river rafting. The cool winter months of November to
February are the best time to travel. Avoid the height of the rainy
season in August and September. In the dry months between March
and May, the temperature can soar uncomfortably high for strenuous
Huai Nam Dang National Park
At Km. 65 on the Pai-Mae Malai route (No.1095), there is a turning
leading to the headquarters of the Huai Nam Dang National Park.
Visitors can spend the night in tents to wait for the spectacular
views of sunrise and mist-shrouded mountain views in the morning.
Cherry blossom during January adds charms to the attraction.
The centre for mountain biking adventure is Pai district, where
several bike shops rent out bikes and gear to tourists. Bike tours
explore nearby and remote hilltribe villages, waterfalls and hot
springs. The best time is November-May. Experienced guides are ready
to lead biking parties through breathtaking back-country trails
for up to a week. There are natural cycle paths through the forest,
first trod by animals then beaten by man. They range from as narrow
as a single persons stride or as wide as an elephant or ox cart.
Pong Dueat Hot Spring
This is a geyser type hot spring which rises up 2 metres high. At
Km. 42 of Route 1095, there is a six-kilometre road leading to the
Rafting along the Pai River
This is an exciting and delightful recreation. The Pai itself is
the longest river of Mae Hong Son originating from mountain ranges
in Laos which flows through Pai district and eventually joins the
Salawin river in Myanmar, a total distance of 180 kilometres. With
an average depth of some 7 metres, the riverbed is mainly pebbled.
There are several sectors eminently suitable for rafting past rapids
and natural scenery including beautiful waterfalls.
Tour operators in Mae Hong Son town or in Pai district can provide
the necessary service, some also able to provide elephant rides.
The best time for rafting is from October to March.
Tha Pai Hot Spring
This is another attraction in the area of Huai Nam Dang National
Park. The hot spring is two kilometres off Route 1095 at Km. 87.
It has an average temperature of 80 celcius. Steam from the spring
permeates the site in the morning creating fascinating sights. The
area is also rich in teakwoods and suitable for overnight camping.
AMPHOE PANG MAPHA
Tham Lot is a huge cave system once a dwelling place of pre-historic
man. Archaeologists have discovered ancient clay pottery and a number
of carved wooden coffins inside the rooms of the cave. Tham Lot
is located some 77 kilometres from town. Between Km.138 and Km.139
of Route 1095, a small roads lead to the cave after a 9-kilometre
drive. Here nature has created an exotic subterranean wonder of
darkness and mystery.
A brook runs from the cave mouth through to the other side of the
mountain. It is a route where visitors may travel by raft or by
foot to explore the 1-kilometre-long cave full of stalactites and
stalagmites. There are services provided by villagers to guide visitors
in their exploration at 100 baht per group. Accommodation as well
as camping site is available near the Tham Lot Nature Study Centre
in front of the cave mouth.
Tham Mae Lana Cave
Another cave in Pang Mapha where stalactites and stalagmites can
be found is the Mae Lana Cave. The stream inside the cave is habitat
to eyeless and colorless fish that live in dark environment. This
cave is suitable only for adventurous tourists. Travel along Route
1095, then branch off into Route 1226 to Ban Mae Lana where a local
guide is available. Mae Lana Cave is 4 kilometers beyond the village.
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Mae Ngao River
Mae Ngao River is a good water route for shooting the rapids. Adventure
travel tourists can enjoy the unspoiled scenery along the river
banks. Services available from tour operators in Mae Hong Son.