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Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son: Intro to Northern Thailand

In this four-day tour of Northern Thailand, get a taste for the authentic and ancient. Starting with the prehistoric rock paintings found in Ob Luang National Park, you will be amazed at the enchanting beauty of these windows into the past. A visit to the village of Ban Mae La Up will grant you access to the homes of Thailand’s true indigenous group, the Lawa people, who lived in the region long before the Thais migrated from Southern China. Walking through the markets of Mae Hong Son is a simple-yet-rich cultural experience. Finally, a riverboat ride to Baan Piang Din to see a Long Neck settlement will round off your cultural and historic tour of Northern Thailand.

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  • Stroll through Ob Luang National Park and be amazed by the rock formations and prehistoric paintings
  • Visit Ban Mae La Up, home of the indigenous Lawa people
  • Float down the river Pai for a scenic ride to Baan Piang Din and visit a Long Neck settlement
 
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Chiang Mai- Mae Sariang

A driver will pick you up from your hotel to begin your tour. The first stop is the Uthayan Phra Norn (‘Park of the Sleeping Monk’), a giant reclining golden Buddha statue perched atop a mountain ridge. The statue is surrounded by several other gold statues of monks and abbots. Onward to Ob Luang National Park. Here, take a leisurely walk to see the magnificent Ob Luang Gorge. Revel in the strange beauty of the rock formations and prehistoric paintings. After lunch, head to Mae Sariang. Check in at the Riverhouse Resort and enjoy the rest of the day as you please.

* If Day 1 takes place on a Saturday, we will stop at the huge Saturday market in Sanpatong for half an hour.

Day 2
Mae Sariang-Khun Yuam- Mae Hong Son

After breakfast, depart for Mae Hong Son, stopping along the way to visit the stunning Kaeo Komon Cave in Mae La Noi, the only calcite cave in Southeast Asia. Continue to the Lawa village of Ban Mae La Up. The Lawa are a group, found only in Thailand. True indigenous people to the region, they inhabited the land long before the Thais migrated from Southern China. Following lunch in the village, continue to Khun Yuam to visit the Thai-Japanese Memorial Hall. Next stop, Mae Hong Son. check in at the Fern Resort, a beautiful natural sanctuary, where you can enjoy dinner at the outdoor restaurant and take in a sunset.

Day 3
Mae Hong Son

Following breakfast, take a short tour of Mae Hong Son, and enjoy a walk around Chong Kham Lake. The tour will include stops at Buddhist and Burmese-style temples like Wat Chong Klang and the neighboring monastery. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 4
Chiang Mai - Departure

Check out following breakfast, and head out to visit the small local markets of Mae Hong Son. Next, hop on a boat for an entertaining ride down the Pai River to Baan Piang Din, a Long Neck settlement. After returning to Mae Hong Son, enjoy lunch at Fern Restaurant and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Chiang Mai.

 

Suggested Accommodations

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MAE HONG SON
Fern Resort, Riverhouse Hotel

Fern Resort


Experience true relaxation at Fern Resort, an eco-lodge located outside Mae Hong Son in northern Thailand. Enjoy a stay in either a deluxe room or a suite in one of 30 private bungalows, all built along the property’s rice fields at the perimeter of an untouched jungle. Take advantage of all the outdoor activities this lodge has to offer, including bird watching, nature walks, cycling and tours of local agriculture. Back at the hotel, guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool or a drink at the rice terrace bar, hitting the open-air restaurant or the campfire when the night falls and a peaceful silence encompasses the whole area. 


 

Riverhouse Hotel


Nestled on the banks of the gorgeous Nam Yam River, the Riverhouse Hotel is a home away from home while visiting Northern Thailand. Located in the center of Mae Hong Son province, the Riverhouse Hotel offers breathtaking scenery of lush green hills right from the balcony. This quaint hotel is built from tropical teakwood and offers 12 accommodating rooms, each equipped with modern amenities to make one’s stay a relaxing one. During the day, guests can spoil themselves with a traditional Thai massage on-site, indulge in savory Thai cuisine at the hotel restaurant or relax on the terrace and take in the stunning views of roaring rivers and rustic farmland. This hotel is also ideally-located to explore the gems of Mae Hong Son. The wild sunflower garden in Doi Mae Ho is opposite the hotel, the bustling local market is just up the street on Mae Sariang Road and the breathtaking Kaew Komol Cave and the Myanmar border is just an hour away.


 
 
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