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MAE HONG SON Overview
 

MAE HONG SON OVERVEIW

 


Cradled in mist-shrouded forested mountains on the border with Myanmar, Mae Hong Son town is one of the most enchanting settlements in the entire North that is both readily accessible and enticingly remote. Mae Hong Son province covers an area of 12681 sq. km. of breathtaking mountains traversed by hidden valleys, each one a contender for Shangri-la.

For those familiar with the name, Mae Hong Son conjures fantastic images of rugged, mist enshrouded mountains where isolated tribal villages await exploration. From the fascinating culture of the indigenous tribal communities to the spectacular natural beauty of the countryside, Mae Hong Son is certainly a dream-come-true destination for many visitors.

Mae Hong Son has long been isolated from the outside world, virtually covered with mist throughout the year. For visitors Daily flights into its small airport bring growing numbers of tourists, attracted by the spectacular scenery, numerous hill tribe communities and soft adventure opportunities.

Because of the terrain, Mae Hong Son is one of Thailand’s most remote provinces and thus retains its own separate identity. At the same time, the provincial capital is readily accessible by air and road. Nestled in its own lovely valley and surrounded by hills that are often shrouded in early morning mist, this small town is one of the most enchanting places in the entire North. Burmese-style temples, a picturesque lake, a hilltop vantage point and a bustling morning market afford scope for leisurely sight-seeing, while a choice of hotels makes it an excellent base for excursions into the surrounding countryside.
Sights include a lively morning market and a handful of temples with multi-tiered roofs typical of Burmese religious architecture. Beyond Mae Hong Son, journeys of discovery and adventure lead you into breathtaking mountain scenery dotted with the villages of Karen, Meo, Lisu and Lahu hill-tribes.

Alternatively, the little town of Pai provides a tranquil escape amid stunning scenery.
With stunning landscapes, waterfalls, caves and hill tribe villages it is a dream location for trekking, soft adventure travel and for those who love wild hill country and seek the thrill of sweeping valley vistas. 

 

 

THAI YAI CULTURE


The Thai Yai can be seen along the northern border with Myanmar. They may at one time have been the most numerous of the ethnic Thai tribes that stretch across Southeast Asia. A large group settled in Mae Hong Son.

The Thai Yai culture has had a strong influence on the province, as can be seen in its architecture. Although a part of the Lanna region, the indigenous Thai Yai people living in Mae Hong Son are face with very cold weather during winter and extremely hot weather in the summer, with mist or fog practically throughout the whole year. Not surprisingly they have had to adapt to the environment. As a result, their architectural style has developed into something different from other Lanna communities. Their living quarters are usually built with tall floors and low roofs, the sizes differing according to one’s social status and position. Homes of the ordinary folks are usually with one single level of roof, while those of the local aristocrats have two or more levels forming a castle-like shape. The space thus provided is believed to help air circulation. An interesting feature of the Thai Yai style is the perforated designs along the eaves which are an architectural identity of the area.