Mae Hong Son Province
_Mae Hong Son (Thai แม่ฮ่องสอน) (also Maehongson, Mae Hong Sorn or Maehongsorn) is one of the northern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, and at the same time the westernmost. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Shan State of Myanmar, Chiang Mai and Tak. To the west it borders Kayin State and Kayah State of Myanmar again. It was formerly called Mae Rong Son (also Maerongson, Mae Rong Sorn or Maerongsorn).
Mae Hong Son (The City of Three Mists) is nestled in a deep valley hemmed in by the high mountain ranges of the Shan Hills, Mae Hong Son has long been isolated from the outside world. It is the most mountainous province in Thailand and composed of a total of 13,814 square kilometers. It is 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 organize the rounding up of wild elephants which were then trained before being sent to the capital for work. Today, Mae Hong Son is a "dream destination" for visitors.
We spent 3 days 2 nights traveling in this province; coming in from Chiang Mai, and headed back to Chiang Mai. Along the way, we visited a lot of places, which are arranged in the thumbnails and links below. Stayed a night in Pai town, and another night in Mae Hong Son itself. It is indeed different from the hustle bustle of Bangkok.
Day 7: From Chiang Mai to Pai
Left Tha Ton Village in Mae Ai District of Chiang Mai Province early in the morning, and stopped by a Geyser Hot spring along the way. The curvy roads were enough to bring even the most euphoric person down. From Chiang Mai to Pai, there are actually 762 curves, of which some could be as much as 360 degrees turn! By the time we arrived in Pai, it was already late in the evening. Visited Wat Nam Hu and Wat Mae Yen, both having their individual characteristics. At night, we walked along Pai Walking Street. It was too bad that we didn't enjoy much of the resort that we stayed the night, Pai Baan Thai, as we checked out quite early the next day to continue our journey to Mae Hong Son.
Day 8: Continueing the Journey to Mae Hong Son Town
After checking out from the resort, we continued our journey further up North. Along the way, we stopped by numerous attractions as well. Phangmapha View Point is the tallest point accessible by car, overlooking the mountain ranges on clear sunny days, and totally surrounded by mist and clouds at other times. The Fish cave and Mud Pit are located outside of the main town of Mae Hong Son. After lunch, we visited the much acclaimed , perhaps notorious to some, Karen tribe, the or Long Neck of Mae Hong Son. After that, we decided to walk around the town for a bit. Mae Hong Son town is quaint little town. But it was just nice and large enough for a walking tour.
Day 9: Leaving Mae Hong Son...
Upon checking out from the hotel, we visit a few more places along the way back to Chiang Mai.