Mae Hong Son Loop
Mae Hong Son is major city in a remote and mountainous Mae Hong Son province which is bordering Myanmar in the north west of Thailand. From here to the next closest major city (Chiang Mai) is more than 350 kilometers. Capital is also a gateway to marvelous hills and serpent roads of the region. Due to its remote location it is a lot different from a tourists hot spot – Pai town. It does not offer a lot of conveniences either, however, in the surrounding areas you can still find natural beauty. Endless rolling hills and mountains of Mae Hong Son filled with caves, waterfalls and almost empty hot springs.
Mae Sariang is within Mae Hong Son province, situated on the Yuam River which goes along Myanmar border. The town has a lot of Myanmar influence in its architecture and hosts many Burmese Muslims who lives here. Due to its attractive location it has huge potential in tourism activities such as rafting or hiking. We believe that many people will choose to visit this city and make it their base instead of going to Chiang Mai or Pai where the majority of travelers reside.
The city itself is quite laid-back and welcoming town that nowadays does not attract much attention of foreign travelers. However, we believe it will change in the future as most of the people we met ended up staying here longer than they intended in the beginning. Right close to the city you can find Salween National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a perfect oasis for great rest from everything. As well as, perfect camping destination can be found less than kilometers away from the city center.
Mae Sot is a city situated in western Thailand bordering Myanmar to the west. A well-known trade center and a shelter for many migrants and refugees coming from Myanmar. This makes it one of the most culturally diverse cities in whole Thailand. Take a stroll around the city and you can meet so many different people from even more different backgrounds dressed in their traditional clothing, speaking their own local dialects. Burmese and Karen are spoken as much as Thai, shop signs along the streets here are written in Thai, Burmese and Chinese language. This cultural diversity is one of nowadays attractions along with vibrant market and great food.
We found it hard to believe why Mae Hong Son loop does not include the road from Mae Sariang to Mae Sot. It was magical to experience driving through there and we are sure that one day we will make it back there and have another adventure through that road with motorcycles!
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