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Mae Hong Son – “The Switzerland of Thailand”

Mae Hong Son - ???The Switzerland of Thailand??

Mae Hong Son – ???The Switzerland of Thailand??

Many people have called Doi Tung in Chiang Rai province in northern part of Thailand – “The Switzerland of Thailand“. Well, Mae Hong Son with its natural beauty should be in the list too. Nestled in a deep valley surrounded by high mountain ranges and virtually covered with mist thoughout the year, Mae Hong Son has long been isolated from the outside world offer many unseen places out there.

Cosmos flowers adore the countryside

Cosmos flowers adore the countryside of Mae Hong Son

The thatched huts in the foreground and the pine forest with a combination of exotic flowers attempt to protray parts of the Swiss Alps. Basically, there are two species of tropical pines in Thailand. They are Pinus merkusii, locally called son song bi (the two-needle pine) and Pinus kesiya, locally called son sam bi (the three-needle pine). Pinus merkusii is found in the Northern and the Northeastern Regions and the western part of the Central Region, where the soil is poor (gravel) lateritic and podzolic. Pinus kesiya is found only on the highlands of the Northern and Northeastern Regions. Besides bamboo and plum trees, pine trees are also known as the Three Friends of Winter in China.

Mexican sunflower fields at Doi Mae U-Kor (Mae Hong Son)

Mexican sunflower fields at Doi Mae U-Kor (Mae Hong Son)

Mexican sunflower fields (Mae Hong Son)

Mexican sunflower fields (Mae Hong Son)

The blooming of the Mexican sunflowers in the cool winter season turns parts of Doi Mae U-Kor into gold from November to December annually. In addition, the gorgeous sunset over the mountain ranges enhances the delightful sights of the area.

Morning mist over Pang Ung Lake (Mae Hong Son)

Morning mist over Pang Ung Lake ( Mae Hong Son)

Boating on Pang Ung Lake (Mae Hong Son)

Boating on Pang Ung Lake (Mae Hong Son)

Today, Mae Hong Son is one of the “dream destination” for visitors . A trip of a lifetime for many people offering spectacular scenery especially along highway 1095 toward Chiang Mai, numerous hilltribes communities and soft adventure opportunities minus mountain skiing :-)

Sunset over Kiew Lom (Pai, Mae Hong Son)

Sunset over Kiew Lom (Pai, Mae Hong Son)

Getting There:

Mae Hong Son is located 924 km from Bangkok.

Self -Drive:

From Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then choosethe following routes to Mae Hong Son:

1 Chiang Mai-Hot -Mae Sariang-Khun Yuam-Mae Hong Son (Route 108) with 1864 curves, a distance of 349 km

2 Chiang Mai-Mae Malai-Pai-Mai Hong Son (Route 1095), a distance of 245km

Bus:

Sombut Tour operates an air-conditional bus from North Bus Terminal (Mochit 2) to Mae Hong Son every day. The trip takes about 15 hours.

Train:

One can travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by rail and then continue to Mae Hong Son by bus.

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Gorgeous sunset over Mae Hong Son's mountain ranges

??Gorgeous sunset over Mae Hong Son’s mountain ranges

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