General Information of Mae Hong Son

<p><strong>Mae Hong Son</strong> is nestled in a deep valley hemmed in byhigh mountain ranges, Mae Hong Son has long been isolated from theoutside world.&#160; Virtually covered with mist throughout the year, thename refers to the fact that is terrain is highly suitable for thetraining of elephants.</p><p>Former governors of Chiang Mai used to organise the rounding up of wildelephants which were then trained before being sent to the capital forwork.&nbsp; Today, Mae Hong Son is one of the dream destinations forvisitors.&nbsp; Daily flights into its small airport bring growing numbersof tourists, attracted by the spectacular scenery, numerous hilltribecommunities and soft adventure opportunities.</p><p><strong>THAI YAI CULTURE</strong><br />TheThai Yai can be seen along the northern border with Myanmar.&nbsp; They mayat one time have been the most numerous of the ethnic Thai tribes thatstretch across Southeast Asia.&nbsp; A large group settled in Mae HongSon.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p><p>The Thai Yai culture has had a strong influence on the province, ascan be seen in its architecture. Although a part of the Lanna region,the indigenous Thai Yai people living in Mae Hong Son are faced withvery cold weather during winter and extremely hot weather in thesummer, with mist or fog practically throughout the whole year.&nbsp; Notsurprisingly they have had to adapt to the environment.&nbsp; </p><p>As a result, their architectural style has developed into somethingdifferent from other Lanna communities.&nbsp; Their living quarters areusually built with tall floors and low roofs, the sizes differingaccording to ones social status and position.&nbsp; Homes of the ordinaryfolks are usually with one single level of roof, while those of thelocal aristocrats have two or more levels forming a castle-likeshape.&nbsp;&nbsp; The space thus provided is believed to help air circulation.&nbsp;An interesting feature of the Thai Yai style is the perforated designsalong the eaves which are an architectural identity of the area.</p>

How To Go to Mae Hong Son

<h3>From Bangkok to Mae Hong Son</h3><p><strong>By Car</strong>Mae Hong Son is located 924 kilometres from Bangkok.&#160; Drive fromBangkok to Chiang Mai and then choose the following routes to Mae HongSon:</p><p>Chiang Mai Hot Mae Sariang Khun Yuam Mae Hong Son (Route 108) with 1864 curves, a distance of 349 kilometres.</p><p>Chiang Mai Mae Malai Pai Mae Hong Son (Route 1095), a distance of 245 kilometres.</p><p><strong>By Bus</strong><br />Muang Nuea Yan Yon Tour (Tel: (0 2936 3587-8) operates anair-conditioned bus which runs directly from Bangkok to Mae Hong Sonevery day.&nbsp; The bus departs from Chatuchak (Mochit 2) Bus Terminal at 6p.m.&nbsp; The trip takes about 17 hours.</p><p><strong>By Rail</strong><br />One can travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by rail and then continueto Mae Hong Son by bus.&nbsp; For more information, call 1699, 0 2223 7010,0 2223 7020 or visit <a href=""></a></p><p><strong>By Air </strong>Thai Airways flies Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son daily.&nbsp;Reservation should be made in advance at Tel: 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000or call 1566 or visit <a href=""></a> for current schedule.</p><p>PB Air&nbsp; offers&nbsp;flights&nbsp;from Bangkok-Mae Hong&nbsp;Son. Call&nbsp; 0 2261 0220-5, 0 2535 4843-4&nbsp; or visit &nbsp;<a href=""></a></p><h3>Travel from Chiang Mai</h3><p><strong>By Car</strong>Mae Hong Son can be reached from Chiang Mai either by Highway No. 108 via Hot, Mae Sariang, or Highway No. 1095 via Pai.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>By Bus</strong><br />Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son buses operated by Prem Pracha Transport(Tel: 0 5324 4737, 0 5324 2767) departing from Chiang Mai Arcade BusTerminal every day.&nbsp; The buses which run along Highway No.108 leaveChiang Mai frequently from 6.30 a.m. 9 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; The journey takes 8hours.&nbsp; The buses which run along Highway No. 1095 leave Chiang Maifrom 7 a.m.-12.30 p.m. The journey takes 6 hours.</p><p><strong>By Air</strong><br />There are 4 daily flights from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son.&nbsp; Touristsare advised to book tickets at least 2 days before departure.&nbsp; ContactThai Airways Tel: 0 5321 0043-5, 0 5321 1044-7 (Chiang Mai), or 0 53611297, 0 5361 1194 (Mae Hong Son).</p><p>SGA offers flights from Chiang Mai to Pai&nbsp;District. &nbsp;Call 0 2664 6099 or visit: <a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p>

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