Northern Thailand a visit to Mae Hong Son is recommended. The capital of Mae Hong Son province – Mae Hong Son town is a small and pleasant town with its own distinct feel and culture. Visibly different from the rest of Northern Thailand due to its mix of people; Burmese,Thai,Shan,Muslims and hilltribe minorities,all live together harmoniously creating an interesting blend of cultures evident in the architecture, food and way people dress. One of the stop off points along the Mae Hong Son Loop , along withMae Sariangthese quaint little town retains much of their charm and character remaining relatively unchartered by tourists due to their remote location.
The centre of Mae Hong Son town is built around Jong Kham Lake, with the exquisite looking Wat Jong Kham(a 200 year old Shan style temple) as a backdrop to the lake, this is the signature picture of Mae Hong Sonyou will see on many postcards. The area comes to glow at night when it is illuminated by lights and the daily evening market which sells local food to take away, souvenirs and hill tribe products. Highly recommended is a visit to the morning market on Phanitwattana Road, a bustling and colourful affair it offers a great introduction to the sights and smells of local produce and foodstuffs. It’s also a great place to pick up handicrafts such as woodcarvings, silverware, precious stones and antiques.
Mae Hong Son town also boasts numerous Burmese and Shan style temples, the most famous of them and a‘must-see’ attraction is Wat Doi Kong Mu which sits on a hilltop and offers spectacular aerial views of the town below.