Mae Sariang, the hidden gem
Mae Sariang is a charming town in Mae Hong Son Province. The town has an airstrip but there are no regular flights from Chiang Mai or any other destination. To get from Chiang Mai to Mae Sariang takes about three hours. Public buses take a couple of hours longer. From Hot to Mae Sariang the road is very scenic. Don’t forget to visit Ob Luang National Park along the way.
The town is only about 40 km from Mae Sam Laeb on the Salawin River. This river is the border with Myanmar. One of the highlights of visiting this area is a boat trip on the Salawin River.
People living in and around town are Thai, Shan and Karen. There are mostly Karen villages around the town. Tourism has bypassed this lovely town up to now but it is becoming more popular. Visitors enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and the beautiful temples. Main attractions nearby are the Salawin and Mae Ngao National Parks. The town and its surroundings are ideal for cycling. Rafting and kayaking you can do on the Yuam River which flows through the town.