"Mae Hong Son" Top 5 Page for this destination Mae Hong Son by paradisedreamer

Mae Hong Son Travel Guide: 127 reviews and 298 photos

Until the 1980s, Thailand's northwestern province Mae Hong Son was known only to nomadic hill tribesmen, opium armies, Burmese border patrols, and the Thai military, who was involved in year round fights with the drug barons who ran opium plantations and heroin factories. An impenetrable jungle covered the misty hills where only hill tribesmen knew their way. Today the opium business is under control in Thailand (which does unfortunately not mean that is has stopped altogether; the drug barons have simply withdrawn into Burma and operate from there).

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  • Last visit to Mae Hong Son: Apr 1999
  • Intro Updated May 22, 2003
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  • mountainpoet's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2004 at 5:56 PM

    Great page. I love just stopping and observing. It's the best way to travel.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2003 at 2:31 PM

    Sounds like a very interesting off the beaten path place!

  • globerover's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2003 at 4:17 PM

    this is a region of Thailand that I have not seen yet; your pics (great photos in the travelogues!) and tips make me even more interested in that place.

  • into-thin-air's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2003 at 12:17 PM

    Excellent Page Sarah !! Great Tips and cracking pics !! I Loved the Mae Hong Song area !!! There was a Fair in town when I was there and they were using a Toyota Corolla in the " Wall of Death !! ---MAD !!!!!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2003 at 12:20 AM

    I never visited this area - so thx for sharing !!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2003 at 12:32 PM

    I like your photo of the weaver. Agree w/ your method of travel. Take time to really see what people are doing and what their life is like. Small shops and towns are my favorites.

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