Thailand's North


Global Mark : 10.61

Ratings by criteria : 

Charm Scenery Parks Culture Minor. Market Relax Fiesta 


3 3 2 2 3 2 3 2 3 10.22

Ratings by backpackers :

Surveyed Liked  Comeback  Recommend  Range AVER.
1 100% (1) 0 0 11 11.00

Description : 
A convenient transit point between Mae Hong Son / Chiang Mai and Mae Sot

Comments : Not much to do but the town boost some good guesthouses, a few Wat and a peaceful river bank.

What to do ? Relax at your guesthouse or rent a bike to the few sights around. The town also house a meditation retreat center near Wat Johthong.

What you may not like : taking it easy ?

How long ? One night, on the way to somewhere else

Where to stay ? 

  • See View Guesthouse (053 681556), 70 Wiangmai Rd, a bit outside town, on the other side of the river (turn left after crossing the bridge, 10 mn walk from station). You will probably be met by the owner at the bus station who will propose to give you the ride / Huge and comfortable rooms w. shower 150 (Sgl or dbl occupancy), Bungalows 250 / Trekking / Bikes for rent / Go there for the best rooms in town at excellent value if two people, the big open space next to the river, the relaxing restaurant, the pick up service from and to the station / What you may not like : being outside of town, not being completely isolated from the traffic noise, being wake up at 4am by excited roosters, the not so fresh nor charming concrete rooms
  • Riverside Guesthouse, from the bus station, turn left, then right, then right again on the street parallel to the Youm river, 5mn walk in total / Various size rooms go for 100 or 180 Sgl or Dbl occupancy / Great relaxing terrace / Trekking / Go there for the atmosphere and the good central location, to eat or relax at the terrace while looking at the river / What you may not like : the not so cheap basic rooms, the proximity of the road
  • North West Guesthouse (053 681956), just before the above, on the other side of the road, same management / The cleanest & freshest looking rooms in town (90 or 160 Sgl or Dbl occupancy) but without the river view atmosphere... 
  • Mae Sariang Guesthouse, even closer to the bus station, same road as above / Very basic rooms 60 or 100 without or w. shower / No charm, noisy and a bit dirty but cheap and centrally located... 

Internet ? A few places on the main road charge the basic 1B per mn

Backpacker's Tips : Amtrak Amtrakker, Australia (April 03)  
In Mae Sariang, stayed at friendly and clean Riverside GH (100THB single with fan and common bathroom - 
better rooms available for 250/350 single/double). You can rent bikes there for 30THB and ride around the 
nearby friendly Karen villages and visit the various wats in the district. Great sunset views from Wat JohThong 
Buddha on eastern edge of town. Inthira Restaurant serves delicious food (try their special chicken, squid and 
prawn lemon grass soup for 70THB - superb!) Buses to Mae Hong Son leave at 7, 10.30, 12.30 and 3.30. 

Backpacker's Tips : Severine, France (Jan 03)
 New Yoga Center. Propose 10-days workshop for beginners with 4h per day. Can be arranged whenever 
with at least 5 people interested. Classes also available for intermediate and advanced practitioners. More details at: 

Backpacker's Tips : Tam Chiwai, Hong Kong (Sept 00)
 You can go to the small border village of  Sam Laep, kind of wild west scene with Burma on the other side 
of the river. You are not allow to point your camera at the Burma side. 1.5hrs by songthaew, mostly Karen people there

Bus Schedules :

To Price Class Duration Time Nb Freq.
Mae Hong Son 70/124 fan/ac 4 7,12:30,17:30,24,1 / 10:30,15:30,1:30 7 na
Chiang Mai 70/124 fan/ac 4 7,9,12:30,24,1/10:30,15:30,1:30 8 na
Mae Sod 150 songthaew 5 to 7 7:30 to 12:30 6 hour
Bangkok 420 VIP 12 16,19 2 na

The trip to Mae Hong Son
: SSSS / L / B70 / 4.5 hrs / Fan Bus
OK so the guy who was suppose to drive me to the station did not show up so I had this 15mn wake up walk. The bus however left on time for this great trip inside this mountainous forest area. Except for a short period near the end, the left window is the place to be, if possible not behind a girl who is throwing up. Yes, the road is a bit winding...

See also the trip from Mae Sot