Things to do in Mae Sariang
Wat Sri Bunruang
This temple originally was known as Chong Mak Kaeng because of a large tamarind tree that is on the compound. In 1887 people renamed the temple Wat Sri Bunruang. It is a beautiful temple with Shan (Tai Yai) and Burmese influences.
Wat Supan Rangsri
This temple is also known as Wat Jong Kham. Christian Karen people visit Wat Supan Rangsri. The temple has a beautiful chedi. The temple is located on the Yuam River.
Forestry Department Office
Mae Sariang, called Hminelongyi or Muang Yuom in the past, was a major centre of the teak logging industry at the turn of the 19th century. The British Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation was active in Mae Hong Son province until 1930 when their concession expired. To control and tax the teak industry the Forestry opened an office in 1900. In the 1960s this might have been the office of the Phanasit company, a Thai logging firm. A caretaker now lives in the house, which is probably only used for special events. If you are interested in history we can include the Forestry Department Office in your itinerary.
The Buddha Handprint is a couple of km outside of Mae Sariang. Take the road to Sop Moei. Turn left into a small road that becomes very steep until you a parking place. The shrine consists of the ‘impression’ of the hand in rock covered by a cement sala. This sala has an inscription in Northern Thai, which states that a Mr Intang built this sala in 1937. Around the sala, there are walking trails and a small cave.
Boat trip on the Salawin River
This boat trip is a must-do when you are in Mae Sariang. It is only a 45-minute drive to Ban Mae Sam Laep on the Salawin River. The river, also known as the Salween, forms the border between Thailand and Myanmar. At Ban Mae Sam Laep, there is no border crossing, also not for locals. Rent a local boat to Sop Moei and back. It is a breathtaking boat ride. Our journey to Doi Inthanon and Mae Sariang features this fantastic trip.
Ban La Up (Lawa)
Ban La Up is a Lawa village in the mountains in Mae La Noi district. It is about 50km from Mae Sariang. A visit to La Up should be combined with visits to Ban Dong, another Lawa village, and Huay Horm, a Karen village. The road from Mae La Noi town to Ban La Up offers fantastic scenery. Ban La Up has become popular with local tourists in recent years and is famous for its high-quality silverware. Ban La up features in our Journey to Doi Inthanon and Mae Sariang trip, just like the Karen village Ban Huay Horm and another Lawa village Ban Dong.
Ban Huay Horm (Karen)
Ban Huay Horm, a Karen village, is only a couple of km from Ban La Up. This pretty village has made a name for itself because it produces high-quality coffee beans. The word goes that the village provides beans to the Starbucks coffee chain in Thailand. You indeed can drink some outstanding coffee in Huay Horm and it also has a comfortable homestay, if you want to stay overnight.
Ban Dong (Lawa)
Ban Dong is a Lawa village in Mae La Noi district. It is close to Ban La Up, another Lawa village, and Ban Huay Horm, a Karen village. Most people skip Ban Dong but we like this village very much. We will bring you to Lawa textile artisans in Ban Dong who will show you the skills and textiles. Ban Dong also has the most beautiful rice terraces in Mae La Noi district.