How to get there:
Either by non-stop flights (30 min) from Chiang Mai with Nok-Air or Kan Air or by taking the bus. The buses from Chiang Mai roughly need 8 hours, by minibus (250 Baht) its about 6 hours. There are two ways, the north route via Pai is shorter and a bit quicker, but very curvy and no made for the ones you get carsick easily. The south Loop road via Mae Sariang is more driver friendly and less curvy . Every guide book has details, or check out the Wikitravel page about Mae Hong Son
For a more detailled information check out the Wikitravel Mae Hong Son page!
From Mae Sariang a bus leaves at 11.00 am and roughly needs 3-4 hours to Mae Hong Son and costs 69 Baht.
From the Mae Hong Son bus terminal it is a 15 minute walk to the center, but for 60 Baht you get your tuktuk to bring you into the center. The center is located around the lake that you can see in the map above, plenty hostels are slightly north of it.
Baan Mai Guesthouse (080 499 1975)
There is only one big advise that we can give you backpackers on a budget. If you don’t have a problem sharing your bathroom (don’t worry, it’s really clean and spacious!) then there is only one place to go. In no other place you will find such a welcoming host like in the Baan Mai Guesthouse. It only has three rooms (300 Baht) and a bungalow (500 Baht) but the owner Yum will try to make your stay very special. She also serves amazing fruit shakes, offers cooking classes and is just the nicest person in this town. The location is great right by the lake in close walking distance to the night market and many restaurants. Also included in this price is the breakfast with toast, butter, jam and a welcome juice and the common area offers free tea, coffee and water.
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If the Baan Mai Guesthouse (located at the green arrow in the map above) should be completely booked, check further recommendations on Tripadvisor: Tripadvisor Mae Hong Son
Food and Drinks:
Salween River Restaurant
The Salween River Restaurant is already the number 1 restaurant in Mae Hong Son on Tripadvisor. The food is just amazing, a mix of thai/burmese and western dishes are served.
Exploring the Jungle and trek to the local tribes
A trekking tour to explore the jungle. If you want to go back to nature, stay overnight in the jungle and be completely away from civilization, then Sawasdee Tour is a good pick.
Interested in reading more?
Why don’t you check out our blog entry:
Mae Hong Son Trekking – Day I | Towards New Horizons
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