The Emblem of Mae Hong Son

     Mae   Hong   Son,   Thailand's   second  northernmost  province,  is sheltered   by   several   high  mountains  and  enjoys  a  cool  climate almost   all   year  round.  Mae  Hong  Son  is  located  924  kilometers from   Bangkok   and   can   be   reached   from  Chiang  Mai  either  by Highway   No.  108   via   Mae   Sariang,  349  kilometers,  or  Highway No. 109 5 via Pai which shortens the distance to some 245 kilometers. Mae  Hong  Son  is bordered by the Union of Myanmar (Burma) to the north  and  the  west,  and  a  strong Burmese influence can be seen in the  province's  temples  and  buildings. The population of Mae Hong Son  include  Thai  Yai  (or Shan) and various hilltribes such as Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Lua and Lisu, scattering in the districts. Mae Hong Son covers  an  area  of  12,681  square kilometers and is administratively divided  into  7  districts  (Amphoe)  namely :  Muang, Pai, Khun Yuam, Mae La Noi, Mae Sariang, Sop Moei and Pang Mapha.

How to get there
By Bus
     From  Bangkok's  Northern  Bus  Station. Phahonyothin Road, both air and  non air-conditioned buses leave 20 times daily to Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station, buses leave 8 times daily for Mae Hong Son on two different routes :
     A) Chiang Mai-Pai- Mae Hong Son route
     B) Chiang  Mai-Hot-  Mae  Sariang-Khun  Yuam- Mae Hong Son route.
          There   is   a  direct  air-conditioned  bus  leaving  the  Northern  Bus           Station  from  Bangkok  to  Mae  Hong  Son  one  time daily. The trip           takes about 17 hours.
By Train
     There  is  no  direct  train  from  Bangkok  to  Mae  Hong Son. From the Bangkok  Railway  station,  ordinary and express trains leave for Chiang Mai  7  times  daily.  From  Chiang  Mai,  one can take a bus or a plane to Mae Hong Son. The Bangkok Railway Station, Tel.223-7010, 223-7020

By Plane
     There is no direct flight from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son. Thai Airways International  Ltd.  Operates flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and from Chiang  Mai  to  Mae  Hong  Son many times daily. For further information please  contact Thai Airways International Ltd. Tel.280-0060, 628-2000 or (053)611-194 (Mae Hong Son) and (053)211-044-7 (Chiang Mai).