With the Winter looming in the north, you're going to want to pack a bag and beat the heat and head up there. But if you want to avoid the popular places on this trip, we suggest you check out these places in Mae Hong Son, also known as the City of Three Mists. This unseen destination has just as many interesting towns and attractions as other major provinces and the kind locals would be happy to help you find them. There's no need to spend your entire vacation in Pai, there are many other areas that you should definitely visit. Let's have a look at a few of these!

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu

When visiting the city of Mae Hong Son, don't forget to make your way to Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, originally known as Wat Plai Doi. This beautiful temple is located on Doi Kong Mu, right in the city. This temple contains two huge, white pagodas . The big pagoda contains the relics of Mahamaudgalyayana, one of Buddha's primary disciples. These relics were brought in from Myanmar by the builder of the temple. The smaller pagoda was built by Phraya Singhanatracha, the first governor of Mae Hong Song. The temple itself also plays host to a myriad of views of the city of Mae Hong Son, so be sure to soak in your surroundings.

Pang Oung

Another fantastic place in Mae Hong Son is sometimes called the Switzerland of Thailand, but is more commonly called Pang Oung. Tourists come from far and wide in the winter to check out this beautiful lake, relaxing on bamboo rafts, surrounded by the steam rising off the lake's surface. Definitely consider staying at the guesthouse by the lake, so you can feel the gentle warmth of the sunlight warm your cheeks on the chilly winter morning. Alternatively, you can elect to be even closer to nature by staying outdoors at the nearby campsite. If you'd like to learn more about the very traditional lifestyles of the locals who live on the mountain, you can check out the nearby village Ban Ruam Thai.

Ban Rak Thai (Rak Thai Village)

Let's continue onto Ban Rak Thai, one of the top locations in Thailand that tourists dream to check out. Located near the border of Thailand and Myanmar, this former Chinese Yunnan village has a rich cultural history of ancient language and traditions still present in the modern days. Deep within the mountains and surrounded by beautiful forests, the locals are well known for their skills in growing oolong teas. While there, be sure to check out the large reservoir that often clings onto a thin layer of fog in the early sunlit mornings. With the mountains and unique housing surrounding the area, it's perfect to relax with a cup of tea and soak in the moment.

Ban Jabo viewpoint Guay Tiew Hoi Kha (Leg Hanging Noodle)

Heading out of Pai, we'll make our way to Amphur Pang Mapha to check out Guay Tiew Hoi Kha and Ban Jabo Viewpoint. This area is well known for having double digit ratings for a single digit price. Once at the small restaurant, be sure to enjoy your noodles while hanging your feet over the balcony and taking in the panoramic views of mountains surrounded by a sea of fog. Not far from Guay Tiew Hoi Kha is Ban Jabo viewpoint, where you can take incredible photos of the range of endless mountains.

Yun Lai Viewpoint

Another famous place in Pai is Yun Lai viewpoint. If you do a dabbling in photography, you have got to check out the panoramic views at Yun Lai Viewpoint. While you're there, relax with a cup of tea and dessert while watching the sunrise over a scenic sea of fog. It only costs 20 baht per person, so you have no reason not to go! If relaxing in a beautiful and natural place sounds good to you, then this is the right place.

Pai Walking Street

For those of you who are into shopping and trying lots of delicious food, be sure to go to the Pai walking street, an always busy walking street located in the heart of town. Here, you'll find a variety of local street vendors that will allow you to eat til you drop. Also, you can pick up some souvenirs to bring home to your family and neighbors. The large majority of these souvenirs are handmade by locals. You won't find anything like them anywhere else. Best of all, the walking street open every day of the week throughout the evening. 


Sai Ngam Hot springs

Moving on, let's make a stop at the Sai Ngam Hot springs, a large series of natural hot springs brimming with beautifully clear emerald water. The water is not so hot that you can't enjoy it, so get changed and unwind for a few hours. Surrounded by the beautiful trees and environment, you won't even realize that hours have passed. You would have never guessed that Thailand had its own unique natural onsen so close to you! You can't leave Thailand before you've experienced this.

Ko Ku So Bamboo Bridge, Ban Phaem Bok

Let's go and see some amazing rice fields! Ko Ku So Bridge is about 10km away from Pai. This 850m long bridge is an important aspect of the Buddhist town, as it allows the locals to cross the rice fields to reach the temple. Additionally, the bridge connects the monks to the town for their daily alms. Before this, the monks had to walk through the rice field. For those who visit, it's not all rice fields and scenery. Stop by the town for some local coffee and a couple souvenirs to bring home.

Pai World War II Memorial Bridge

The first place we have to show you is effectively the front door to the town of Pai. The World War II Memorial Bridge is a historic metal bridge has been standing for over 40 years. If you've been to Pai without walking on the memorial bridge, then you're just going to have to go back. Aside from its historic significance, the bridge also acts as an important classic landmark for the town of Pai. Be sure to take lots of pictures while walking across the incredible bridge.

Ban Pha Bong

Now arriving at our last stop in Mae Hong Song, Ban Pha Bong, located in Pha Bong. This is a community of the Tai Yai (Hainanese) people and the Pagargeryor (White Karen) people. This community has been preserved for over 130 years, oozing with cultural traditions and that simple, yet heartwarming way of life. While you're there, check out the Khao Nine Puesook Bridge, a bamboo bridge the crosses the rice fields, where you can chill out and enjoy the scenery. Also, be sure to try on the Tai Yai cultural dress to take some photos! The featured product of Ban Pha Dong is peanut oil, full of flavor and healthy nutrients. So all the peanut oil that you've cooked with in Thailand is made right there in Ban Pha Bong

There is also a learning center for sufficiency economy, an economic policy created by King Rama IX. But it's not all boring class time, there are lots of fun and academic activities.

There you have it! Ten places in Mae Hong Son that you just have to check out! For those who would like to know more, please head to ChillPainai.com to see more about our other travels to the amazing provinces of Thailand. Bye for now!