Travel from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son

The journey from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son is long, just under 9 hours, but enjoyable because of the great scenery on route. We recommend that you take one of the departure before 10:00 in the morning to ensure you can complete the journey during daylight hours.

Travel Times from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son

There are 9 direct minivan services a day from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son which you can book online.

Chiang MaiMae Hong SonTicketCompany
06:3015:20300 THBPrem Pracha
07:3016:20300 THBPrem Pracha
08:3017:20300 THBPrem Pracha
09:3018:20300 THBPrem Pracha
10:3019:20300 THBPrem Pracha
11:3020:20300 THBPrem Pracha
12:3021:20300 THBPrem Pracha
13:3022:20300 THBPrem Pracha
14:3023:20300 THBPrem Pracha

  • The journey by minivan from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son is scheduled to take 8 hours 50 minutes.

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Chiang Mai Bus Stop

Prem Pracha minivan services Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son depart from Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2.

Google Map of Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 2

Mae Hong Son Bus Stop

Prem Pracha minivan services from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son terminate at Mae Hong Son Bus Station.

Google Map of Mae Hong Son Bus Station

About Mae Hong Son

The small town of Mae Hong Son, with a population of just over 7,000 permanent residents, is the principal town of the mountainous and sparsely population province of Mae Hong Son. Up until 1893 Mae Hong Son was part of Myanmar and the Shan people of Myanmar are the largest ethnic group in the province, with hill tribe groups accounting for around two thirds of the remainder of the population. Mae Hong Son may be in Thailand, but the food and culture is different to the much of the rest of Thailand, particularly the Central region. The employment opportunities in Mae Hong Son are limited for local people and even more so for the many stateless people who came to live in this area having fled from persecution and poverty in Myanmar. Mae Hong Son doesn’t get so many tourists because it is difficult to get there, but the income brought by those who do make it is extremely important to resident of this province and they are, in return, very welcoming to visitors.

Karen stallholder in Mae Hong Son
Karen stallholder in Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son town itself has some fairly good guesthouses, hotels, bars and restaurants, many of which represent excellent value for money. The principal reason for coming to Mae Hong Son, however, is to enjoy the spectacular scenery and tranquillity of this remote hilly Western corner of Thailand. Some of the highlights of a visit to Mae Hong Son include:

  • The Bamboo Bridge: 900 metre long walkway across paddy fields connecting a temple and a village.
  • Pha Sua Waterfall: 6 level waterfall considered by many to be the best waterfall in the province.
  • Phuklon Mud Spa: Inexpensive beauty treatments using mud.
  • Tham Pla: This is the ‘Fish Cave’ which has a pool of water with thousands of small fish in it.
  • Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu: Picturesque temple on a hill with great views across Mae Hong Son town.

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