Relaxing Charm of Mae Hong Son
Tucked away in the northern part of Thailand, Mae Hong Son offers numerous attractions for any time of the year. A sanctuary for the body and soul, Mae Hong Son is proud of its abundant forests, mesmerising highlands enveloped in mist and fascinating cultures.
Translation: Chusri Ngamprasert
Photos: Courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand
The temple of Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, also known as Wat Plai Doi, is the heart and soul of Mae Hong Son. With two beautiful white-washed pagodas with gilded parasols and panoramic views of the town of Mae Hong Son, the Buddhist temple has been sacred ground to locals for a century.
Take a photographic shot with the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand. Su Tong Pe Bridge is two metres wide, and 500 metres long. The villagers built the bridge stretching over rice paddies and the Mae Sa Nga River to pave a path for the monks and novices to take morning alms. Travellers may take the opportunity to give alms on the bridge around 6.30 to 7.30am in the morning. Su Tong Pe means “fulfilled wish” in the Tai Yai language, so it is believed that if you make a wish in the middle of the bridge, it will come true.
Fall in love with the charm fo the Yunnanese people at Ban Mae Aw, also known as Ban Rak Thai, the last village before reaching the Thai-Myanmar border. Famous for Ching Ching tea and Oolong tea cultivation, Ban Rak Thai is a place to enjoy locally brewed tea, and delectable Yunnanese cuisine. Another highlight is the Chinese Clay House, built from clay and rice straw, and painted in mustard yellow with green and red Chinese patterns on the architraves.
Visitors could experience the fantastic hot springs black mud from Phu Klon, one of the three black mud resources in the world. Phu Klon is well known for its health and beauty enhancing amenities using natural mud from the hot springs which is rich in minerals aiding in skin care and blood circulation. Spa services like hot spring baths, a foot onsen soak, Thai massage, oil massage, a facial mud mask and a body mud wrap are available. Facial mud masks smoothens and rejuvenates facial skin while body mud wraps stimulate blood circulation and restore the physical balance. Varieties of beauty and healthcare products from natural black mud and hot springs mineral water are also available.
Delve into deep relaxation and calmness at Wat Pa Tham Wua Sunyataram or Wat Tham Wua Forest Monastery, one of the top five monasteries in the world. Tham Wua Forest Monastery is a place where more than 2,000 practitioners from 140 countires woldwide have come to learn Buddhist Dharma and practise meditation. Capturing green nature and a serene landscape. Wat Tham Wua is one of the most tranquil monastic havens. Though English and Thai are the primary languages used to teach Dharma, other languages like German, Chinese, Japanese and French are also available. Wat Tham Wua is a place not to be missed for those who need to practise meditation.
With various tourist destinations and activities to explore all year round, Mae Hong Son is one place where lovely weather and fascinating culture intertwine.
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