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Getting There

By Plane -- Nok Air (www.nokair.com; tel. 05392-2183) runs flights a few times a week to Bangkok. Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com; tel. 1771) has a daily 5:05pm flight to Chiang Mai; the 40-minute flight averages 1,090B.

The Mae Hong Son Airport (airport code HGN) is in the northeast section of town, about 10 minutes from the town center. Tuk-tuks and songtaews, or pickups, are always waiting for passengers outside the airport.

By Bus -- Buses connect with Pai (trip time 4 hr.; fare 70B) or beyond to the Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal (trip time 7 hr.; fare 350B). Buses to Mae Sariang to the south (trip time 4 hr.; fare 100B 200B) run about four times daily. The bus terminal in Mae Hong Son is on Khunlumprapas Road (the main street), about a kilometer south of the main intersection.

By Car -- The 8-hour journey to Mae Hong Son from Chiang Mai is a pleasant mountain drive with spectacular views and some fun attractions. The road is winding but paved and safe, with places to stop for gas, food, and toilets, as well as scenic pull-offs. Take Route 107 north from Chiang Mai to Route 1095 northwest through Pai.

Visitor Information

The TAT office (tel. 05361-2982), Khunlumprapas Road, opposite the post office, has helpful staff. The Tourist Police office (tel. 05361-1812 or 1155), Singhanat Bamrung Road, is open daily from 8:30am to 5pm.

Orientation

Mae Hong Son is small and easy to navigate. Khunlumprapas Road, part of the Pai-Mae Sariang Highway (Rte. 108), is the town's main street and home to travel agents, most hotels listed below, and restaurants. The main sights are Jong Kham Lake, just east of the main street, and Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, which overlooks town from the west.

Getting Around

You can walk to most places in town, but there are a few tuk-tuks parked outside the market for longer trips. At some guesthouses, you'll find bicycle rental for 50B or 100cc motorbikes for rent at 150B to 200B per day.

Fast Facts

There are major banks with ATMs and currency exchanges along Khunlumprapas and Singhanat Bamrung roads. The Sri Sangawan Hospital is east of town on Singhanat Bamrung Road (tel. 05361-1378). The post office is opposite the King Singhanat Rajah statue.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.