Mae Hong Son National Parks, Travel Guide to National Parks of Mae Hong Son

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National Parks
Tham Pla - Pha Suea National Park
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tham Pla - Pha Suea National Park
Tham Pla - Pha Suea National Park
Tham Pla - Pha Suea National Park is situated in an approximate area of 488 square kilometers or 305,000 rai, covering the areas of Tham Pla - Pha Suea Waterfall in the right hand side of Mae-pai National Conserved Forest, Amphoe Mueang, and King Amphoe Pangmapha. The topography of the National Park consist of high mountains extending northwards, which are the sources of streams and rivers. The natural sightseeing spots at the National Park consist of Tham Pla - Pha Suae Waterfall, which are beautiful and very popular for recreational activities.

How to get there
By Car
form Chaing Mai go to Amphoe Mae Taeng, make a left hand turn to Highway No.1095 (at Ban Mae Malai) passing Amphoe Pai until reaching the National Park’s office (situated approximately 18 kilometers before reaching Amphoe Mueang).

By Plane
The Thai Airways International Co., Ltd. provides 4 domestic flights from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son daily. Then, you may hire private transportation to the National Park, which is situated only 18 km away from the city of Mae Hong Son.

By Bus
From Bangkok, you may take Highway No.11 (Bangkok- Chiang Mai) to Amphoe Hod and Amphoe Mae Sariang, passing Amphoe Mae Lanoi and Amphoe Khun Yuam to Amohoe Mueang of Mae Hong Son Province, then take Highway No.1095 for approximately 18 kilometers until reaching the National Park’s office; or before reaching Amphoe Mae Taeng, make a left hand turn (at Ban Mae Malai) to Highway No.1095 passing Amphoe Pai until reaching the National Park’s office (situated approximately 18 kilometers before reaching Amphoe Mueang).

Tourist Attractions
Pla Cave
Pla Cave
Pla Cave: Tham Pla is a hillside cave with the flowing water throughout the year. You can watch a large school of blue-black fish called "Soro Brook Carp" or "Labeobarbus Soro". Tham Pla also has beautiful scenery of forests, cliffs, and limestone mountains.

Pha Sua Waterfall: Pha Sua Waterfall is approximately 10 meters high and 15 meters wide. In the rainy season, the cliff is overflowed with rains and looks like a mat, therefore, the Waterfall is called “Pha Sua”. In the dry season, you can watch beautiful rocks. The Waterfall is suitable for recreation activities.

Huay Pong-on Waterfall: The Waterfall is situated between the access road to Huay Pong-on village. The Waterfall is approximately 7 meters high and 5 meters wide and having the flowing water throughout the year. The Waterfall also has beautiful scenery and a small basin of 40 square meters for swimming.

Mae Sa-nga Klang Waterfall: Mae Sa-nga Klang Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall situated above Mae Sa-nga Dam, with the flowing water throughout the year. The Waterfall is approximately 15 meters high and 10 meters wide, and can be easily accessed by walking or by boat.
Namtok Mae Surin National Park
Location : Amphoe Khun Yuam, Amphoe Mueang
Namtok Mae Surin National Park
Mae Surin Watterfall
Located east of the provincial capital of Mae Hong Son this National Park occupies 397.00 square kilometers of rugged terrain. In a step to preserve representative natural features of this mountainous province, the park was established in 1981 as the 37th National Park of Thailand.

How to get there
By Car
It is best to use the provincial capital as a base for exploration of the park. Mae Hong Son can be reached by bus from Chiang Mai and Bangkok or by aero plane from Chiang Mai. For all these sights private or chartered transportation is recommended as public transport does not deviate from the main roads on the periphery of the park.

Tourist Attractions
Doi Pui : Doi Pui, at 1,700 m. is the highest peak in the park and affords commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Its high altitude contains unique upland pine and the peak is covered in meadows of wildflowers which bloom during the hot season. As of now, Doi Pui is not easily accessible, but those interested in a rigorous hike can contact guides in Mae Hong Son for information.

Mae Surin Waterfall: Comprised of a single jet of water leaping off a cliff face plunging gracefully to the rocks 100m. below ,Mae Surin waterfall is one of the tallest and most beautiful single tier waterfalls in Thailand. The falls can be viewed from on high across the valley, or the more robust cab descend down below for a closer look. Travelling to the waterfall visitors will pass Karen and Hmong hill tribe villages as well as the famous Toong Buat Tong, or fields of wild sunflowers, which bloom for two weeks only in the month of November.

Nam Hu Hai Jai Cave: Strangely it is a natural phenomenon, which every 25 minutes, there will be water gushingly jetting out of a cave walls. The hypothesis is that the phenomenon happens because the possibility of the pushing force from water inside the cracked-stone cave walls. Nam Hu Hai Jai is located at Pa Pong subdistrict, Muang district, Mae Hong Son. It takes about 3 to 4 hours by walking from Ban Houy Nam Mae Sa Gid to get there.

Pai River: Around the river, there are beaches always offering the relaxation and refreshment to visitors. The place is also good for rafting and camping.
Huai Nam Dang National Park
Location : Amphoe Pai
Huai Nam Dang National Park
Huai Nam Dang National Park
Huai Nam Dang National Park covers four districts : Mae Taeng, Chiang Dao, and Wiang Haeng in Chiang Mai province including Pai district in Mae Hong Son province, covering an area of approximately 1,247 square kilometres. Later on it was designated as the National Park for commemorating 100th year establishment of the Royal Forest Department and also for the celebration of His Majesty the King’s 50th year on the throne.

Huai Nam Dang National Park is situated on top of the ridge of hills and the same range as Chiang Dao mountain range. The highest peak-Doi Chang peak (at 1,962 metres above sea level) is the vital source of important streams which flow into the Pai river, Ping river, and Taeng river.

How to get there
By Car
Start at Chiang Mai province. Huai Nam Dang National Park is situated on the road number 1095 at Km. 65-66. It located about 109 kilometers northwest of Chiang Mai on the way to Mae Hong Son province. Several buses leave Chiang Mai’s buses station each day and cover the journey in about three hours.

For private car, take road number 107 north about 37 kilometers to Mae Malai Market, from where the road number 1095 turns left and head for the hills for about 65 kilometers. Then a right turn leads just 6 kilometers from the park checkpoint to the Headquarter.

Tourist Attractions
Doi Gew Lom Viewpoint
Doi Gew Lom Viewpoint
Doi Gew Lom Viewpoint: Doi Gew Lom Viewpoint this viewpoint is well-know among Thai and foreign visitors who come here to see a spectacular sea of mist collects in the valley as well as various types of colourful flowers. Beside, this place situates Silver Orchids Palace, the palace of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana. Moreover, there are two nature trails: Ueang Ngoen Nature Trail and Chom Doi Nature Trail. Each trail covers a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers.

Doi Chang Viewpoint: Doi Chang Viewpoint this highest viewpoint offers delightful view of orchid hanging from trees branch or trees top. This place deserves to be a source for nature study. It is in the north of Doi Gew Lom Viewpoint.

Huai Nam Dang Waterfall: Huai Nam Dang Waterfall has 4 levels, surrounded by moisten plants of evergreen forest and marvelous rocks. This spectacular waterfall is located in the area of Huai Nam Dang village, Amphur Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai province.

Mae Yen Waterfall: Mae Yen Waterfall is situated in Ban Mae Yen, Tambon Mae Hi, about 7 km from Amphoe Pai. It is a three-tiered waterfall and one of the most beautiful in the district. It takes visitors 3-5 hours to reach this waterfall on foot.

Mae Had Waterfall: It’s 40-50 meters height waterfall consisted of 4 floors, located in Tambon Maung Hang, Veing Hang District, Cheing Mai Province

Mae Lad Waterfall: It’s beautiful waterfall with about 40-50 meters height, located in Tambon Muang Hang, Muang Hang District, Cheing Mai Province.
Salawin National Park
Location : Amphoe Mae Sariang
Salawin National Park
Salawin National Park
Covering a forested area of 721 square kilometres, the Salawin National Park is on the bank of the Salween or Salawin River on the Thai-Myanma border, about 164 km south of Mae Hong Son. The Salawin River originates from Tibet before winding through China, Thailand and Myanmar for a total distance of more than 3,000 km. The river is regarded as the borderline between Myanmar and Thailand for a distance of 120 km.

Visitors wishing to take a boat along the river have to contact the park headquarters for their safety during the journey. The headquarters also provide accommodation and other facilities. To get to the headquarters, one can take Route 1194 from Mae Sariang district for about 4 km, then turn right and continue along a dirt road for 4 km. The best time for boat trip is from March to April when the water level is low and sandy beaches appear. Sceneries along the riverbanks are captivating with forest and mountains and dotted with small hamlets.

How to get there
By Car
From Mae Sarieng, following super highway No 1194 for 4 kilometers, turn at the junction and the park is 4 kilometers from there.

Tourist Attractions
Salaween River: It is very beautiful view especially in the winter will have fog covering along the river and the leaves are changing colors. Besides the river is clearer in the summer so can see white sand. The tourists like to set up the tents on the white sand or sailing the boat to see both sides of the river.

Floating down Salaween River: In the dry season, the water level will decrease until can see the sand and rocks. Most of the tourists like to sail longtail boats to go sightseeing the view. The first point is end at sob Moei where Moei River connects to Salaween River. Anopther way can go to Ban Tha Dta Fung . It is far from Mae Sarieng for 47 km following super highway No 1194
Mae Ngao National Park
Location : Amphoe Mae Sariang
Mae Ngao National Park
Mae Ngao National Park
Mae-ngao National Park is situated in Mae Hong Son Province, covering an approximate area of 257,650 rai. The National Park is a beautiful natural sightseeing spot and being the source of many rivers flowing into Salaween River.

How to get there
By Car
From the city of Chiang Mai, you may take Highway No.108 until reaching Mae Sa-riang District, then, take Highway No.105 until reaching Sob-mei District (for approximately 25 kilometers) and go straight on for 15 kilometers until reaching Ban Mae-ngao, then, make a left hand turn to a temporary road, which can be used only in the dry season, for 5 kilometers until reaching the National Park’s office. In the rainy season, you may take a motorboat from the National Park to Ban Mae-ngao.

Tourist Attractions
Ngao River: Sai Nam-ngao is a major river within the area of the National Park, in which water is so clear that it is called Mae-ngao River. The River is tortuous along islets and reefs. In the rainy season, the River has the very rapid water. In the dry season, the River is suitable for rafting and sightseeing since there are a lot of trees and flowering plants such as Lagerstroemia speciosa (Inthanin) on both sides of the River.

Doi Pui Luang: At present, there is no vehicle route to the mountain ridge of Doi Pui-luang, except a jungle route, which takes you 2 days for round trip on foot. The Sightseeing Spot is located at the altitude of 1,600-1,700 meters above the medium sea level. The mountain ridges extend to the area of Om-koi District. In winter, you can view the beautiful sea of fogs; and the weather is cold and breezy. The Sightseeing Spot is suitable for tourists who enjoy jungle travelling and camping.

Oloh-gro Waterfall: Oloh-gro Waterfall
Oloh-gro Waterfall
The Waterfall is a large and beautiful waterfall with the flowing water throughout the year, situated in the north of Ban Om-loh (near Mae-ngao River). The Waterfall is about 150 meters high, originating from Oloh-gro Gully. There are virgin forests in the area of the Waterfall but no vehicle route is built to access the Waterfall, except a jungle route, which takes you 2 nights and 3 days for round trip on foot (on the way to the Waterfall, you need to stay overnight at the Karen’s village, then, travel on foot for approximately 3 hours to the Waterfall; and on the way back home, you need to stay overnight at the Karen’s village for another night).

Mae Wa-luang Waterfall: The Waterfall is a beautiful multi-step waterfall, situated at Ban Mae Wa-luang of Tah Song-yang District, Tak Province. The Waterfall originated from Mae-wa Gully. You may start the travelling by walking from the National Park’s office and on the way to the Waterfall, you can view different kinds of wild plants and strange birds.

Mae La-or Waterfall: The Waterfall, originating from Mae La-or Gully, is situated near the route of Mae-sod – Mae Sa-riang and flowing into Mae-ngao River. And you may travel on foot for approximately 400 meters.