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Mae Hong Son Do It Yourself

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A travel journal to Mae Hong Son by SeenThat

Jong Kham Pond Photo, Mae Hong Son, Thailand More Photos
Quote: In the far Thai Northwest, Mae Hong Son is the steepest green spot in the country. It offers inexpensive treks, a charming centre with a magically beautiful combination of a pond and two Burmese tin-roofed pagodas, traditional Thai wooden houses, a relaxing atmosphere, and a fascinating ethnic mix.

Mae Hong Son Do It Yourself

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Overview

Jong Kham Pond Photo, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
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The town has an enchanting centre, built around the beautiful Jong Kham pond, which some claim that it was constructed as an elephants’ bathing pool. At its southern shore, there are two enchanting Burmese pagodas, Wat Chong Klang and Wat Chong Kham; the multi-tiered roofs and spires of their viharns are decorated with tin ornaments in the Burmese fashion. Two blocks to the north is the Morning Market which serves as the transactions centre of the whole area, every day arrive there people from all the Hill Tribes settlements in the area, fact that creates the opportunity of travelling with them to their villages as well as meeting them in-situ with their fascinating merchandise. The tiny settlement ca...Read More

Holiday Guesthouses

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Hotel | "Holiday and Friend Guesthouses"

Holiday Guesthouses Photo, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
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A few meters up the street from the lake’s western side are the Holiday and Friend guesthouses, one in front of the other. They are managed by the same family, which is from Shan ancestry; they speak excellent English and are truly informative about the area. You can be given a room in any of the guesthouses according to the vacancies. Each one of them is built in traditional Thai wood stilt houses around a central courtyard. The rooms are simple but clean, with shared bathrooms, and include a basic mattress and a fan. The Friend part, which is where the owners live, has a few rooms with private bathrooms. The price for the regular rooms is 100 Baht, but after my first visit there, I recommended th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2005

Holiday Guesthouses
Thanon Pradit Jongkham
Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Ji Ji

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Restaurant

Holiday Guesthouses Photo, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
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Some places obviously do not have pretensions to be what they are not: they won’t print fancy menus on water-marked sheets, and they won’t use the best chinaware available to serve their overdone dishes; they just will serve you good food in a familiar way. That is the kind of places where you will find yourself crossing the kitchen on the way to the family’s toilet in the backyard and moving the little baby toys out of your way when returning. Ji Ji is one of those places: cosy, familiar, unpretending, and pleasant. It is clear to the customers – or should I say, guests – that despite being a very basic restaurant, the food has been cooked from fresh ingredients with love and care. It offers a goo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

Ji Ji
Thanon Khunlumprapas
Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Mae Hong Son Loop

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My description of the Mae Hong Son Loop will assume a trip on public transport from Chiang Mai to the north till Mae Hong Son, and from there, to the south and back to Chiang Mai through Mae Sariang. It will be hard to avoid Chiang Mai as the starting point of the trip, but the direction taken was almost random. The only reason to begin with the north is that if you are pressed for time, then the northern path is more mountainous, scenic, and shorter. In Chiang Mai, you should arrive very early to the Arcade Terminal. Despite the weird Romanization of the Thai, you should pronounce it Akaed; otherwise, you won’t be understood. Any songthaew in the direction will take you there for 10 Baht (usually the...Read More

The Mini-Loop

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Twice a day, there is a yellow truck, numbered 0409, from the market in Mae Hong Son to all the villages in the area; the first leaves between 8 and 8:30am. Most destinations cost less than forty Baht while a tourists’ tour can cost up to one thousand Bahts a day. You can make around trip with it or to stop among the villages, but not all of them can offer a sleeping place. I recommend to plan a night at Ruam Thai, and just to pass by the other places. If you have the patience to do the whole loop with the truck, then you will pass through a variety of Lisu, H’Mong, Karen and other ethnic minorities’ villages. The main stops of interest along the mini-loop Mae Hong Son to Mae Aw are described in this ...Read More

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