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Mae Hong Son

Tham Pla National Park

Tham Pla Namtok Pha Suea National Park


Tham Pla, word in thai say Pha Sua National Park is situated in an approximate area of 488 square kilometers or 305,000 rai, covering the areas of Tham Pla - Pha Sua Waterfall in the right hand side of Mae-pai National Conserved Forest, Muang District, and Pang Ma-pha Sub-district. The topography of the National Park consist of high mountains extending northwards, which are the sources of streams and rivers. The natural sightseeing spots at the National Park consist of Tham Pla - Pha Sua Waterfall, which are beautiful and very popular for recreational activities.

The topography of the National Park consist of steep mountains. And Doi Lan is the highest mountaintop of the National Park (1,918 meters above the sea level). The north and the west of the National Park reaches Charn State of the Union of Myanmar; whereas, the south of the National Park reaches Huay Mhak-uen and Huay Peung of Muang District, Mae Hong Son Province; and the east of the National Park reaches the River of Pang Ma-pha Sub-district, Mae Hong Son Province.
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Tham Pla Phaseau (or Tham Pla Pha Sua) is located in Mae Pai forest reserve in Pang Ma Pha district of Mae Hong Son province. The park covers around 488 square kilometers of forested hills comprising caves, waterfalls, streams and rugged forests.

Tham Pla is a hillside cave with the flowing water throughout the year. You can watch a large school of blue-black fish called "Soro Brook Carp" or "Labeobarbus Soro". Tham Pla also has beautiful scenery of forests, cliffs, and limestone mountains.

Rugged mountains running north-south directions in the area are the head waters of many streams in the northern Mae Hong Son province. The highest peak is Doi Lan at 1918 meters above sea surface. The park borders with Shan state of Myanmar in the north and west.

Rainy season usually starts in the middle of May and ends around middle of October. Then the cool months come in November to January. The dry summer is February to May.

One of the most popular spot is Tham Pla cave (Tham = cave, Pla = fish, fish cave) found near the headquarters. Inside the cave is a stream with lot of Plapung fish. Other attractions include an earthern dam lake and nearby Phaseau and Mae Sa Nga waterfalls, several other waterfalls and caves. The district of Pang Ma Pha itself is a site of many caves and mountain streams.

To get to the headquarters drive from Mae Hong Son town on highway 1095 around 20 km to the north. There is a left turn-off road to the park entrance. For more information please call 053-612 982 or 053-612 983.

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu


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 and valleys.

The temple atop Kong Mu hill, Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu affords a spectacular view of the entire valley in which Mae Hong Son is nestled. The temple itself is notable for its two large white chedis and its typical Shan architecture.

The temple dates from around the time of the village's upgrade to a city in 1874. One of the huge chedis contains the ashes of a revered monk that were bought from Burma by two devotees. The other houses the ashes of Mae Hong Son's first governor, Phaya Singhanat Racha.


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Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu one of numerous Burmese-style temples in and around the town of Mae Hong Son, is on top of Doi Kong Mu (Kong Mu Mountain), dominating the provincial capital. Constructed by Phaya Singhanatracha, the first King of Mae Hong Son, the hilltop temple affords a wonderful view of the town and surrounding mountains and valleys.

Behind the two chedis, nestled into the base of the crown of the hill, is the large rambling open-fronted wiharn containing the altar. On the top the ubosot, a chedi and a standing Buddha at the top of the mountain.

A steep road leads further up to the crown of the hill where the ubosot is located. In front of the ubosot is a large slender standing Buddha image. A small chedi and several cenotaphs stand next to the ubosot. In front of the standing Buddha, a boat rowed by two monks and two lay people carries the Buddhist wheel.

The view from the top of the hill is quite spectacular. Off to one side of the road to the top is a parking area lined with souvenir stalls.

Reaching the temple on foot means taking one of two paths. From Wat Phra Non, a stairway leads halfway up the hill and then joins the other path which starts at Wat Muo Taw. This second path is a little easier, as it consists mostly of a zig-zag of ramps with only short stairways at the switch-backs. There are also covered rest stops at each corner. You can rent motorcycles or a car to drive you to the top.

Mae Hong Son Hotels

Mae Hong Son Hotels

We listed places for your stay in Mae Hong Son such Hotels, Resorts, Guesthouses etc. For everywhere you go every place

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Hotels

* Baiyok Chalet (เนƒเธšเธซเธขเธเธŠเธฒเน€เธฅเนˆเธ•เนŒ) 90 Khunlumpraphat Rd., (Tel: 0 5361 1486, 0 5361 1536, 0 5361 3132-9 Fax: 0 5361 1533), 37 rooms: 900-1,900 baht
* Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son (เธญเธดเธกเธžเธตเน€เธฃเธตเธขเธฅเธ˜เธฒเธฃเธฒเนเธกเนˆเธฎเนˆเธญเธ‡เธชเธญเธ™) 149 Mu 8 Khunlumpraphat Rd., Tambon Pang Mu (Tel: 0 5361 1021-4, 0 5368 4444-9 Fax: 0 5361 1252 Bangkok Tel: 0 2261 9000, 0 2261 9530-4), 104 rooms: 1,500-5,000 baht
* Mae Hong Son Mountain Inn Hotel & Resort (เนเธกเนˆเธฎเนˆเธญเธ‡เธชเธญเธ™เน€เธกเธฒเธ™เนŒเน€เธ—เนˆเธ™ เธญเธดเธ™เธ™เนŒ เน‚เธฎเน€เธ•เน‡เธฅ เนเธญเธ™เธ”เนŒ เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 112 Khunlumpraphat Rd., (Tel: 0 5361 1802-3, 0 5361 2285, 0 5368 4143, 0 5368 4145 Fax: 0 5361 2284) www.mhsmountaininn.com, 69 rooms: 500-800 baht
* Mae Hong Son Riverside (เนเธกเนˆเธฎเนˆเธญเธ‡เธชเธญเธ™เธฃเธดเน€เธงเธญเธฃเนŒเน„เธ‹เธ”เนŒ) 165 Mu 3 Ban Huay Dua Tambon Pha Bong (Tel: 0 5361 1504, 0 5361 1406 Fax: 0 5361 3146), 40 rooms: 1,150-1,500 baht
* Methee (เน€เธกเธ˜เธต) 55 Khunlumpraphat Rd., (Tel: 0 5361 2141, 0 5361 2121), 38 rooms: 150-450 baht
* Panorama (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธžเธฑเธเธ™เธฒเธ™เธฒเธŠเธฒเธ•เธดเธžเธฒเธ™เธญเธฃเธฒเธกเธฒ เนเธกเนˆเธฎเนˆเธญเธ‡เธชเธญเธ™) 54/1 Khunlumpraphat Rd., (Tel: 0 5361 1757-62 Fax: 0 5361 1790 Bangkok Tel: 0 2628 7413-5), www.panorama.8m.com, www.panhostel.com E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 44 rooms: 300-800 baht

Resorts

* Ban Kaew Resort (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เนเธเน‰เธง เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 14/1 Pang Lo Nikhom Rd., Soi 4 Tambon Chong Kham (Tel & Fax: 0 5361 3007 Bangkok Tel: 0 2212 4840) www.maehongsontravel.com/bkresort E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 15 rooms: 500-1,200 baht, 5 houses: 800-2,400 baht
* Ban Suan Klang Mueang Resort (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธชเธงเธ™เธเธฅเธฒเธ‡เน€เธกเธทเธญเธ‡ เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 105/2 Tambon Chong Kham (Tel: 0 5361 2477), 4 rooms: 350-500 baht
* Ban Suan Rimtarn (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธชเธงเธ™เธฃเธดเธกเธ˜เธฒเธฃ) 18/4 Namakpin-Thung Kong Mu Rd., Ban Namakpin (Tel: 0 5361 3069, 0 5361 3404) www.maehongsontravel.com/rimtarn, 20 rooms: 300-1,500 baht
* Fern Rimtarn Resort (เน€เธŸเธดเธฃเนŒเธ™เธฃเธดเธกเธ˜เธฒเธฃ เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 64 Mu 10 Khunlumpraphat Rd., (Tel: 0 5368 6110-1, 0 5361 3585 Fax: 0 5361 2363), 30 rooms: 950-2,000 baht
* Golden Hut Resort (เน‚เธเธฅเน€เธ”เธ™เธฎเธฑเธ— เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 253 Mu 11 Maksanti Rd., (Tel: 0 5361 1544, 0 5361 2306, Fax: 0 5361 3747), 32 rooms: 400-1,500 baht

Guesthouses

* Cho (เน‚เธˆ) 3 Chamnansathit Rd., Soi 7 (Tel: 0 5361 2417), 7 rooms: 100-300 baht
* Chong Kham (เธˆเธญเธ‡เธ„เธณ) 7 Udomchaonithet Rd., Soi 4 Tambon Chong Kham (Tel & Fax: 0 5361 1420, 08 1950 9702), 10 rooms: 100-200 baht
* Friend House (เน€เธŸเธฃเธ™เธ”เนŒเน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 20 Praditchongkham (Tel: 0 5362 0119, 08 6920 3312), 10 rooms: 150-300 baht
* Holiday (เธฎเธญเธฅเธดเน€เธ”เธขเนŒ) 23 Praditchongkham Rd., 5 rooms: 80 baht
* Jean (เธˆเธตเธ™) 6/1 Pracha Uthit Rd., (Tel: 0 5361 1662 Fax: 0 5361 2906), 10 rooms: 80-150 baht
* Johnny House (เธˆเธญเธซเนŒเธ™เธ™เธตเนˆ เน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 5/2 Udomchaonithet Rd., (Tel: 0 5361 1667), 8 rooms: 100-300 baht

Amphoe Pai


* Baan Krating Pai Resorts (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธเธฃเธฐเธ—เธดเธ‡ เธ›เธฒเธข เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 119 Mu 2 Tambon Wiang Nuea (Tel: 0 5369 8255-6 Fax: 0 5369 8256 Bangkok Tel: 0 2718 0854, 0 2718 0858) www.baankrating.com/pai/, 32 rooms: 3,000-6,000 baht
* Ban Nam Pai Retreat (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธ™เน‰เธณเธ›เธฒเธข เธฃเธตเธ—เธฃเธตเธ•) 47 Mu 3 Ban Tan Chet Ton (Tel: 08 1830 1161, 08 1807 8014), 6 houses: 1,500-1,800 baht
* Baan Pai Village (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธ›เธฒเธข เธงเธดเธฅเน€เธฅเธˆ) 88 Mu 2 Tambon Wiang Tai (Tel: 0 5369 8152 Fax: 0 5369 9057) www.baanpaivillage.com, 22 rooms: 500-1,200 baht
* Ban Pho Kan Nan (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธžเนˆเธญเธเธณเธ™เธฑเธ™) 52 Mu 3 Tambon Wiang Tai (Tel: 0 5369 9382), 12 rooms: 120 baht
* Banana House (เธšเธฒเธ™เธฒเธ™เธฒ เน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 212/2 Tambon Wiang Tai (Tel: 0 5369 9327, 0 5369 9149, 08 9635 7793), 7 rooms: 200 baht

Amphoe Pang Mapha

* Ban Kafae Resort (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธเธฒเนเธŸ เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 277 Mu 1 Pai-Mae Hong Son Rd., Tambon Sop Pong (Tel: 0 5361 7081), 4 houses: 400-1,200 baht
* Cave Lodge (เน€เธ„เธŸ เธฅเธญเธ”เธˆเนŒ) 15 Mu 1 Tambon Thamlot (Tel: 0 5361 7203), 13 rooms: 100-500 baht
* Jungle Guesthouse (เธˆเธฑเธ‡เน€เธเธดเน‰เธฅ เน€เธเธชเธ•เนŒเน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 200 Mu 1 Pai-Mae Hong Son Rd., Tambon Sop Pong (Tel: 0 5361 7099), 6 rooms: 200-1,000 baht
* Lang River Guesthouse (เธฅเธฒเธ‡เธฃเธดเน€เธงเธญเธฃเนŒ เน€เธเธชเธ•เนŒเน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 39/2 Mu 1 Tambon Thamlot, 9 rooms: 200-300 baht
* Lemon Hill (เน€เธฅเธกเนˆเธญเธ™ เธฎเธดเธฅเธฅเนŒ) 123 Mu 1 Pai-Mae Hong Son Rd., Tambon Sop Pong (Tel: 0 5361 7039, 0 5361 7213 Fax: 0 5361 7039, 0 5361 7213), 10 rooms: 200-500 baht

Amphoe Khun Yuam


* Baan Farang Guesthouse (เธšเน‰เธฒเธ™เธเธฃเธฑเนˆเธ‡ เน€เธเธชเธ•เนŒเน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 499 Mu 1 Ratburana Rd., Tambon Khun Yuam (Tel: 0 5362 2086), 19 rooms: 250 baht
* Bua Tong Vision House (เธšเธฑเธงเธ•เธญเธ‡เธงเธดเธŠเธฑเนˆเธ™ เน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 92 Mu 2 Burana 1 Rd., Tambon Khun Yuam, (Tel: 0 5362 2037), 14 rooms: 400-600 baht
* Khun Yuam Resort (เธ‚เธธเธ™เธขเธงเธก เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 139 Mu 1 Ban Tor Phae (Tel: 0 5321 2393, 08 1882 7130, 08 9434 4862), 8 rooms: 500 baht
* Mitr Khun Yuam Hotel (เธกเธดเธ•เธฃเธ‚เธธเธ™เธขเธงเธก) 63 Mu 1 Ratburana 1 Rd., Tambon Khun Yuam (Tel: 0 5369 1057, 0 5362 2181 Fax: 0 5369 1057), 26 rooms: 200-500 baht
* Peekmai Guesthouse (เธ›เธตเธเน„เธกเน‰ เน€เธเธชเธ•เนŒเน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 256 Mu 2 Ratburana Rd., Tambon Khun Yuam (Tel: 0 5369 1061), 5 rooms: 250 baht

Amphoe Mae Sariang

* Ekaluk Hotel (เน€เธญเธเธฅเธฑเธเธฉเธ“เนŒ) 77/2 Tambon Mae Sariang, (Tel: 0 5368 1426, 0 5368 1052), 7 rooms: 200-450 baht
* Kamolsorn Hotel (เธเธกเธฅเธชเธฃ เน‚เธฎเน€เธ•เน‡เธฅ) 283 Mu 2 Mae Sariang Rd., (Tel: 0 5368 1524 Fax: 0 5368 1204), 24 rooms: 450-600 baht
* Mae Sariang Guesthouse (เนเธกเนˆเธชเธฐเน€เธฃเธตเธขเธ‡ เน€เธเธชเธ•เนŒเน€เธฎเธฒเธชเนŒ) 1 Mu 2 Laeng Phanit Rd., (Tel: 0 5368 1203 Fax: 0 5368 1204), 16 rooms: 80-150 baht
* Mae Sariang Resort (เนเธกเนˆเธชเธฐเน€เธฃเธตเธขเธ‡ เธฃเธตเธชเธญเธฃเนŒเธ—) 183 Mu 1 Tambon Mae Sariang (Tel: 0 5368 2344-5), 10 rooms: 250 baht
* Mit Aree (เธกเธดเธ•เธฃเธญเธฒเธฃเธตเธขเนŒ) 158 Mae Sariang Rd., (Tel: 0 5368 1110, 0 5368 1279), 50 rooms: 250-500 baht

Information from : iguide.travel/Mae_Hong_Son

Huai Nam Dang National Park

Huai Nam Dang National Park



Huai Nam Dang National Park 65km from the district town has excellent views of the sunset, sunrise and misty mountains. Cherry blossom during January adds charms to the attraction.

The park occupies an area of 180 square kilometers in Mae Taeng Sub-district, Chiang Mai and Pai Sub-district, Mae Hong Son Province. The mountain, which is mostly ranged highlands, has verdant forests that are the sources of tributaries and various streams.

The park occupies an area of 180 square kilometers in Mae Taeng Sub-district, Chiang Mai and Pai Sub-district, Mae Hong Son Province. The mountain, which is mostly ranged highlands, has verdant forests that are the sources of tributaries and various streams. Notable attractions in the park include Huai Nam Dang Viewpoint and Doi Kiu Lom, which overlooks Doi Chiang Dao. To get there, drive along Mae Malai-Pai Road to between Km. 65-66, and then take a 6-kilometer access road to the park office.


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Huai Nam Dang was formerly know as an area of Doi Sam Muen highland development project which was initited by His Majesty the King to solve the problem of forest encroachment and poaching, as well as to enhance the lives of the local hilltribe people. As this area is filled with attractive natural condition and virginal forests provided vital watersheds, Huai Nam Dang was declared the 81st national park of Thailand by the Royal Forest Department on 14 August 1995.

Huai Nam Dang National Park covers four districts : Mae Taeng, Chiang Dao, and Wiang Haeng in Chiang Mai province including Pai district in Mae Hong Son province, covering an area of approximately 1,247 square kilometres. Later on it was designated as the National Park for commemorating 100th year establishment of the Royal Forest Department and also for the celebration of His Majesty the Kingโ€™s 50th year on the throne.

Huai Nam Dang National Park is situated on top of the ridge of hills and the same range as Chiang Dao mountain range. The highest peak-Doi Chang peak (at 1,962 metres above sea level) is the vital source of important streams which flow into the Pai river, Ping river, and Taeng river.

Another attraction, Doi Chang Viewpoint, is located 20 kilometers beyond the Huai Nam Dang Viewpoint and is only accessible by four-wheel drive vehicle. The scenic views of natural mountain ranges and early morning sea of clouds can be seen from this view point. Camping is possible provided that visitors bring their own tents and food. Nearby attractions in Mae Hong Son Province worth visiting include Tha Pai hot spring (Pong Nam Ron Tha Pai) and Mae Yen waterfall.

The healthy natural condition of Huai Nam Dang National Park is a matrix of highly diverse habitat types. Main plants found in this park are Hopea sp., Dipterocarpus spp., Tectona grandis (Teak), Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Michelia floribunda, Pinus kesiya, Pinus merkusii, and orchids especially, Dendrobium infundibulum which charmingly blooms during January to March. Many wild animals dwelling in this richest forest are elephants and some rare animals such as Salamanders.

Mae Hong Son Events & Festivals

Mae Hong Son Events & Festivals


Poi Sang Long Procession, The celebration of novice ordination which the Thai Yai tribe people hold to be a highly meritorious occasion.

Poi Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony, but unlike any other ceremony of its type in the country. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit ordaining for their parents.

The origins of this festival lie in Buddhist legend. It is believed that the tradition is probably following in the footsteps of Prince Rahula, the Buddha's own son, who gave up his worldly life to follow his father's spiritual teachings. Prince Rahula became the youngest ordained monk and the first novice in Buddhism. Subsequently it became a tradition that young boys should ordain to learn Buddhist teachings.

With such high reverence to the Buddhist religion, the people here consider that the celebrations should be as grand as possible.

After bathed and dressed up elegantly, the boy is now called 'Sang Long'The festival lasts for three days. On the first day, the boys have their heads shaved. Then, they are bathed and anointed with special waters and dressed up elegantly and colorfully while their faces are superbly embellished. By this time, the boys are known locally as 'Sang Long' or 'Look Kaew' (jewel sons).

On the second day, a colorful procession is held displaying offerings for the monks. On the third day, the procession once again proceeds through the town and the boys are taken to the temples for the formal ordination ceremony.

The colorful festival is one of the most delightful in the north, attracting people from far and wide. The local authorities and the Tourism Authority of Thailand consider this festival to be unique to Mae Hong Son, the so-called 'Province of the Three Mists.'


Traditionally, the candidate-novice, his head cleanly shaven and wrapped with head-cloth in the Burmese style, will don a prince-like garment and put on valuable jewels and gems, and ride a horse or be carried over the shoulders of a man to the city shrine. On the ordination eve, a procession of offerings and other necessary personal belongings will be paraded through the town streets and then placed at the monastery where the ordination will take place the next day. It is usually held during March-May before the Buddhist Rain Retreat period.

Chong Phara Procession, The Chong Phara in the Thai Yai dialect means a castle made of wood, covered with colourful perforated papers and decorated with fruits, flags and lamps. It is placed in the courtyard of a house or a monastery as a gesture to welcome the Lord Buddha on his return from giving sermons to his mother in heaven, according to traditional belief. Other activities to celebrate the occasion include dances where performers are dressed in animal costumes. The rite is held during the post rain retreat season from the full-moon day of the 11th Lunar month (around October) to the waxing moon night of the same month.

Bua Tong Blossom Festival, Each year in November, the hillsides of Khun Yuam and Mae Sariang districts are filled with a host of golden Bua Tong Blooms. As gay as a daisy and almost as large as a sunflower, the Bua Tong only blossoms for a month. At Doi Mae U-Kho, the blossoms appear profusely. Finally, the golden blooms become part of the scene. Some specialists have classified these Bua Tong as weeds and because of this, they may be cleared to make way for cash crops. Fortunately a group of researchers have discovered the flower's insect-repellent properties. And perhaps that is why the Bua Tong, a symbol of Mae Hong Son, is still preserved on the hillsides.

Loi Krathong Festival, Loi Krathong Festival is held on the full moon night in the month of November every year. Villagers make "krathongs" to float in rivers. At Nong Chong Kham, various entertainments and a contest of large krathongs are held near the central pond. Lamps and candles are lit all around the area. Moreover, at Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, there is a ceremony of releasing candle-lit krathongs bound with balloons to the sky (known as "Loi Krathong Sawan").