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Mae Hong Son: A Guide for Tourists

There's a valid reason why Mae Hong Son is also known as the 'city of three mists'. The high mountain ranges that surround the region produce cooler air temperature and morning mistiness - no matter which season.

Despite that, or because of it, the province is rich in natural resources and there's no shortage of beautiful forested valleys and colourful swathes of wild flowers and fruit trees.

Facts for Visitors to Mae Hong Son Province

Mae Hong Son is a province in Thailand sitting to the west of the upper northern cities and districts.

In fact, being the westernmost province, its immediate neighbours are:

Mae Hong Son is also the most mountainous province throughout the Kingdom of Thailand and occupies around 12,681 square kilometres.

Several centuries ago, the former King of Chiang Mai established the main town as a training camp for elephants ("ช้างไทย" in Thai language). Today, Mae Hong Son remains as one of the poorest provinces in Thailand.

Getting to Mae Hong Son

If you travel northwards out of Bangkok by road, you will need to drive about 924 kilometres (574 miles) to reach the provincial town in Mae Hong Son.

Travelling north to south, the province measures around 483 kilometres in total length and every district shares a border, either with Chiang Mai, Tak, or Myanmar.

Mae Hong Son Province Facts and Information for TouristsThe seven (7) major districts (Amphoe) of Mae Hong Son are:

The route from Bangkok City to Mae Hong Son meanders through a natural mountain range, known as the Hills of northern Thailand.

Most of this territory, around 85% of the provincial area, is still covered with closed and continuous tree canopies (e.g. rugged rainforest), including:

Pro Tip: The highest point in the province of Mae Hong Son is Doi Mae Ya ("ยอดเขาแม่ยะ" in Thai language). It has an elevation of 2,005 metres (6,578 feet) found in the north eastern district of Pai.

Mae Hong Son Climate and Temperature

Having the typical tropical savanna climate means the winter months (January to March) are dry and warm. From April, air temperatures start to rise and continue rising until the end of May.

Usually, the monsoon season in Mae Hong Son province arrives in May with increasing risks of heavy rains through the summer months and up to the beginning of October.

The average daytime temperature is 35° Celsius (96° Fahrenheit) in April and around 18° Celsius (64° Fahrenheit) in December. You can expect to have more than one hundred days of significant rainfall during the year.

Tourist Attraction in Mae Hong Son

Events and Festivals

National Parks

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Recommended Things to Do in Mae Hong Son

Special Considerations for Tourists

Note: The discovery of several important minerals in the province include antimony, coal, limestone, lignite, lead, tin, zinc, tungsten, feldspar, and fluoride.

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